Construction Update
There BMO Cranes in the West Loop This Week

The West Loop’s newest skyscraper is getting its crane on.

The parts for a new tower crane were delivered to 320 South Canal Street earlier this week to help put together the BMO Tower — a 51-story office building designed by Goettsch Partners  for  Convexity Properties and Riverside Investment and Development. YoChicago! delivered these photographs of the badass Erector Set to our tip line.

August 2020 construction of the BMO Tower (Courtesy of YoChicago!)
August 2020 construction of the BMO Tower (Courtesy of YoChicago!)

For you crane fans, the permit paperwork lists the item being assembled as a Link-Belt TG-2300B. But you can call her “Betsy.”

This was formerly the location of a sad Amtrak parking garage, which went to the Great City Grid In the Sky last October.

The BMO Tower is about the nine millionth skyscraper proposed for this site since we started this publication 17 years ago. When complete, it will bring 1.5 million square feet of office space to the neighborhood. Which means, under current social distancing guidelines, the building can hold 250,000 people. (1,500,000 ft² ➗ 6 ft²)

Location: 320 South Canal Street, West Loop

Author: Editor

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