Construction Update
COVID Concerns Halt Construction of Michigan Avenue Skyscraper

South Michigan Avenue is a little quieter these days. Not because of the paucity of tourists or the meagerness of office workers, but because construction on 1000M has been stopped.

Rendering of 1000M (Courtesy of Time Equities)
June 2017 Rendering of 1000M (Courtesy of Time Equities)

Construction crews are no longer working at 1000 South Michigan Avenue because of the pandemic that has kept everyone from school children to responsible public leaders away from their daily routines.

A statement from the people behind 1000M indicates this is merely a pause in the work.

1000M completed the first phase of the foundation work. When the COVID-19 situation arose, we had workers underground, working shoulder to shoulder, making it effectively impossible to maintain proper social distancing. We consulted with our experts and we all felt the safest route was to temporarily halt construction on site to ensure worker safety. That said, we have and continue to advance all off-site critical path work, as we wait to remobilize on-site construction. These off-site activities include signing sub-contracts, procuring and testing the curtain wall, processing our building permits and finalizing construction documents, among other items – which allow the project to generally stay on track. We will resume work on site when we feel the situation has fully stabilized.

1000M is planned to be a 74-story residential tower, designed by Helmut Jahn. When complete, it is expected to be 832 feet tall and bring over 400 new residences to the South Loop.

Location: 1000 South Michigan Avenue, South Loop

Author: Editor

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