Naysayers Take Note: 1000M About to Go Vertical

It was just last week I was in a discussion with some residents of one particular southern American city who refused to believe that Chicago kept building skyscrapers throughout the pandemic. When I told them that work was underway on a 73-story residential building, they said “Prove it.” O.K., McHugh Concrete just did.

January 22, 2022 concrete pour at 1000M. (Courtesy of McHugh Concrete.)
January 22, 2022 concrete pour at 1000M. (Courtesy of McHugh Concrete.)

McHugh just spent nine straight hours pouring concrete into a hole at 1000 South Michigan Avenue, completing the foundation for what will eventually be a 788-foot-tall apartment building. Suck it, haters.

Not that there hasn’t been plenty of 1000M angst in the Windy City. We’ve all had the oogies watching the building get repeatedly redesigned, resized, and re-started. And if there’s one thing we’ve learned from the Waterview Tower, and the Chicago Spire, it’s “don’t count your skyscrapers until they’re built.”

Still, it’s a major step forward in realizing the late Helmut Jahn’s vision for this space, and if it’s completed as he intended, its location will make it one of the most prominent buildings in the city’s skyline, even though it will only be 18th in rank.

“But wait,” we hear you say. “It’s only 788 feet tall now? And only 73 stories?” Yes, those are the numbers being used by McHugh Concrete. Apparently revised downward once again. And since McHugh has its hands on the plans, those are the numbers we’re working with right now.

Until the building is complete, and we can be certain of its stature, concentrate on these concrete factoids instead:

  • The foundation pour involved 4,000 cubic yards of concrete.
  • The concrete came in 400 truckloads.
  • The foundation includes 685 tons of steel rebar.
  • The foundation’s caissons are 87 feet deep.

Author: Editor

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