Construction Update
Building’s Up, Crane’s Down at Alta Grand Central

If you’re a fan of construction cranes, then cast not ye gaze down South Clark Street.  For there, you will not spy the yellow-boned monster that once loomed over Alta Grand Central (207 West Harrison Street).

Alta Grand Central under construction in June 2019 (courtesy of Loop Spy Jody)
Alta Grand Central under construction in June 2019 (courtesy of Loop Spy Jody)

A couple of days ago, Loop Spy Jody got to watch as the Liebherr 420 EC-H 16 that helped build this two-tower residential building graced Chicago’s skyline for the last time.  It was disassembled and trucked away to browner pastures where it is needed more.

D2 and Wood Partners‘ Alta Grand Central officially topped off May 24th. Walsh Construction sent over the video below showing the final piece of steel being lifted to the top of the building by the previously mentioned Herr Liebherr.

When the Pappageorge Haymes-designed building opens, it will bring 173 new homes to an area of the South Loop that is seeing a surge of development.  In addition to Alta Grand Central, there’s the SouthBank development four feet away, and the Old Main Post Office redevelopment right across the river.

Alta Grand Central under construction in June 2019 (courtesy of Loop Spy Jody)
Alta Grand Central under construction in June 2019 (courtesy of Loop Spy Jody)

Location: 207 West Harrison Street, South Loop

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  1. The headline apostrophes are an embarrassing error …

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    • Editor

      Let me unpack those contractions for you:

      “Building is Up, Crane is Down at Alta Grand Central”

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