Groundbreaking For New South Loop Residential Tower
Feb27

Groundbreaking For New South Loop Residential Tower

In cities these days, trains are one of those “If you build it, they will come” amenities.  Case in point: The new residential tower that just broke ground a block from the CTA’s Green Line Cermak/McCormick Place station. Rendering of 2111 South Wabash (Courtesy of Draper and Kramer) The 24-story building is an SCB design for Draper and Kramer located at 2111 South Wabash Avenue.  When complete, the tower will bring 275 new homes to...

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SCB’s Chamfers on Michigan Ready to Tuck In
Apr10

SCB’s Chamfers on Michigan Ready to Tuck In

One of the more interesting skyscraper designs proposed for the South Loop in recent years is about to become reality. The City of Chicago has issued the first construction permits for 1326 South Michigan. DIRECT DEVELOPER SERVICES. ERECT 47-STORY, 500 UNIT, MULTI-FAMILY RESIDENTIAL BUILDING–FOUNDATIONS ONLY You’ll remember this is the Solomon Cordwell Buenz-designed tower that combines a setback near the top of the...

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About SCB’s Design for its Newest South Loop Tower
Dec03

About SCB’s Design for its Newest South Loop Tower

Venerable Chicago architecture firm Solomon Cordwell Buenz clearly has its designs and designers focused on the South Loop these days.  Its latest creation, a residential tower for 1326 South Michigan Avenue, has been getting high praise.  We sat down with SCB chairman John Lahey to find out more about the building. Editor: SCB’s already conquered Streeterville, and now you’re expanding your empire to the South Loop.  Tell...

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Talking SCB: Bullish on South Loop, Bearish on Balconies and Wagering on Chicago’s Next Supertall Skyscraper
Nov11

Talking SCB: Bullish on South Loop, Bearish on Balconies and Wagering on Chicago’s Next Supertall Skyscraper

Every year we drop by the Magnificent Mile offices of Solomon Cordwell Buenz, one of Chicago’s most visible and prolific architecture firms, to catch up on what it’s been up to over the last year. Chairman and Design Principal John Lahey once again sat down with us to look both back, and forward, at the firm and the architecture industry. Editor: Things really seem to be cooking in Chicago. Some of the local architecture...

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What To Do With the Thompson Center? Part 1: SCB’s John Lahey
Nov09

What To Do With the Thompson Center? Part 1: SCB’s John Lahey

In October Governor Bruce Rauner announced plans for the State of Illinois to sell the Thompson Center (100 West Randolph Street), possibly for demolition and redevelopment.   We spent the last few weeks talking to a dozen Chicago architects and developers about what they think of the building and its predicament. Today we hear from John Lahey, Design Principal at Chicago architecture firm Solomon Cordwell Buenz. John...

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SCB Explains the Block37 Residential Tower
Jan02

SCB Explains the Block37 Residential Tower

For the last few months, construction crews have been busy trying to jam an apartment building on top of downtown Chicago’s Block37 mall.  The tower at 25 West Randolph Street is perched on the northern edge of the mall, flush with a very busy street in the heart of the city’s Theater District.  But space constraints weren’t the only challenge that the architects at Solomon Cordwell Buenz had to overcome.  We...

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A Look Back at 2014 With SCB
Dec29

A Look Back at 2014 With SCB

  It’s traditional for media outlets to spend the week between Christmas and New Year’s Eve looking back at the year not-quite-passed to lament society’s failures and trumpet our triumphs.  Obituary roundups, Best Ofs, and Year in Reviews fill the airwaves as newsroom middle managers take a week off and turn the news machine over to the interns, the under-appreciated, and those who don’t yet know...

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Why Hubbard Place Looks The Way It Does
Sep18

Why Hubbard Place Looks The Way It Does

Last month we took you on a tour inside the skyscraper going up in River North known as Hubbard Place. Recently we sat down with John Lahey, C.E.O. of Solomon Cordwell Buenz, the Chicago architecture firm that designed the building to learn more about its planning. Editor: Hubbard Place is the southern bookend of this development, which has been slowly coming together since the 70’s. Kingsbury Plaza (520 North Kingsbury Street)...

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Thinking Post-Bust, Chicago’s SCB Is Planting Flags In Cities Across America
Sep10

Thinking Post-Bust, Chicago’s SCB Is Planting Flags In Cities Across America

It’s been a year since we last took a peek inside prolific Chicago architecture firm Solomon Cordwell Buenz. Since then, a lot has changed so we thought it would be a good time to catch up with C.E.O. John Lahey and what’s going on in his office. Lahey: When we talked last, SCB was going OK, but we’d all taken a hit. Editor: Do you feel the market is coming back? Lahey: We’re doing more than we did at the peak...

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Reader Questions For SCB. Spoiler Alert: New Chicago Supertall Coming Sooner Than You Think
Sep02

Reader Questions For SCB. Spoiler Alert: New Chicago Supertall Coming Sooner Than You Think

On those occasions when we have to introduce the Chicago Architecture Blog to an architecture firm or developer, we often describe the publication as a link between the architects and developers and the regular people who want to know more about the people and events shaping Chicago’s built environment. Today that link is even more deliberate, as we present actual blog reader questions for the prolific Chicago architecture firm...

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