Just three days after we told you that the Chicago Plan Commission approved the construction of a 22-story residential block and a companion office building at 205 West Hubbard, things are starting to happen in that corner of River North. The Chicago Architecture Blog’s Zachary Pollack came across soil sampling crews sampling the soil where the new skyscraper project will rise.
We’re used to seeing soil sampling done with a great big derrick, usually pivoting off the back of a dirty red truck. This time, it’s a couple of guys rolling around with Frankenstein’s four-wheeler. The use of the smaller contraption may be because this is still an active parking lot, or maybe because of the busy elevated CTA tracks that cut the northeast corner of this property. Either way, it’s new to us.
When complete, this blue glass office building designed by Hirsch Associates Architecture will rise 170 feet tall, and be curved on its northeast side to match the curve in the L tracks. Behind it will sit a 270-foot-tall residential tower with 195 homes and 91 parking spaces.