Vista Tower’s con­struc­tion tops out at floor 101

Will be Chicago’s third-tallest

Chicago Tribune (Sunday) - - BUSINESS - Ryan Ori [email protected]­

Vista Tower reached its fi­nal height on Fri­day, when con­struc­tion work­ers poured con­crete to form the Chicago skyscraper’s 101st and fi­nal floor.

That marked the high­est point of con­struc­tion in Chicago in more than a decade, and it brought Chicago’s Mag­el­lan De­vel­op­ment Group closer to its planned spring 2020 com­ple­tion of what will be­come the city’s third-tallest skyscraper.

Top­ping out the 1,191foot-tall Vista Tower came more than a decade af­ter Trump In­ter­na­tional Ho­tel & Tower reached its full height in Au­gust 2008, in the throes of a real es­tate crash. Trump’s 1,389-foot­tall condo and ho­tel tower, Chicago’s sec­ond-tallest build­ing, was com­pleted in 2009.

The 1,451-foot-tall Sears Tower, now called Wil­lis Tower, topped out in May 1973 and was com­pleted the next year. It was the world’s tallest build­ing for 24 years, but has since been sur­passed by 16 skyscrap­ers — all but one of which are out­side the United States.

Mag­el­lan and its Chi­nese in­vest­ment part­ner, Dalian Wanda Group, broke ground in Septem­ber 2016 on the $1 bil­lion Vista project. The Jeanne Gangde­signed con­do­minium and ho­tel tower is near the Chicago River and Lake Michi­gan, at 303 E. Wacker Drive.

Here is a look at Vista Tower by the num­bers.

How the tower was built

115,000 Cu­bic yards of con­crete used to build the skyscraper — the equiv­a­lent of 12,800 full con­crete mixer trucks.

12,600 Tons of re­in­forc­ing steel — which the devel­op­ers say is the equiv­a­lent of 16,800 cars or 4,200 ele­phants.

775,000 Square feet of ex­te­rior glass — enough to cover about 13 1⁄2 foot­ball fields.

How big is it?

Vista Tower will be the third-tallest skyscraper in Chicago. Here’s how it com­pares:

1,451 feet: Wil­lis Tower 1,389 feet: Trump In­ter­na­tional Ho­tel & Tower 1,191 feet: Vista Tower 1,136 feet: Aon Cen­ter 1,126 feet: 875 N. Michi­gan Ave. (For­merly John Han­cock Cen­ter)

In­side the tower

396 Num­ber of con­do­minium units, nearly half of which are un­der con­tract. The condo count has de­creased from an orig­i­nally an­nounced 410, be­cause some buy­ers have com­bined mul­ti­ple units.

192 Num­ber of ho­tel rooms planned in the lowrise por­tion of the skyscraper.

$840,000 The low­est price among pre-sold con­dos.

$18.5M The high­est price of a pre-sold unit.

When will it be fin­ished?

The tower is es­ti­mated to be com­pleted in 2020.

Septem­ber 2016: Ground­break­ing

June 2018: Half­way point reached

April: Con­struc­tion tops out

Spring 2020: Ex­pected com­ple­tion of build­ing


Work­ers pour con­crete on the 101st floor of the Vista Tower, on its way to be­com­ing Chicago’s third-tallest skyscraper.

David Car­lins, pres­i­dent of Mag­el­lan De­vel­op­ment Group, and Kevin Mor­ley, con­crete su­per­in­ten­dent of McHugh Con­struc­tion, mark the oc­ca­sion Fri­day.

Con­struc­tion con­tin­ues as con­crete is poured on the 101st floor, top­ping out the Vista Tower.

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