One World Trade Center to Pass Willis Tower tomorrow

Discussion in 'Off-Topic' started by SC Cy, Apr 29, 2013.

  1. SC Cy

    SC Cy Well-Known Member

  2. Cycsk

    Cycsk Well-Known Member

    Aug 17, 2009
    Don't they have lots of criteria to determine the tallest building, such as tallest observatory? Surely there is some way that you can keep your title.
  3. cycloneworld

    cycloneworld Facebook Knows All

    Mar 21, 2006
    Civil Engineer
    NE Oklahoma
    Neg rep for calling it the Willis Tower. :wink:
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  4. SC Cy

    SC Cy Well-Known Member

    Touche! I used to exclusively call it the Sears Tower. As I've been working in and around the building for roughly one year it's about a 50/50 split on what I call it. It will always be the Sears Tower...
  5. flynnhicks03

    flynnhicks03 Well-Known Member

    Apr 11, 2006
  6. SC Cy

    SC Cy Well-Known Member

    I don't have an article to back me up but it is a completely screwed up system to judge the height of buildings. If the antennae has a purpose (TV signal, cell signal, etc) then it does not count towards the height. If it is done for aesthetics it will count as a part of the building. Very odd.
  7. Cycsk

    Cycsk Well-Known Member

    Aug 17, 2009

    So you hold on to your title. Just need to add an asterisk!
  8. jj-cyclones

    jj-cyclones Well-Known Member

    Dec 26, 2007
    Haha I know. My girlfriend and I took a tour of Chicago about a year ago and the guide kept telling everyone to look at the view of Willis Tower, during various stops, and I kept thinking, WTF is Willis Tower? This tour guide is off his rocker...
  9. SC Cy

    SC Cy Well-Known Member

    It's the little things in life...:spinny:
  10. Clonefan94

    Clonefan94 Well-Known Member

    Oct 18, 2006
    Graphic Designer
    Schaumburg, IL
    Yeah, I remember this being a big stink here in Chicago as the first building that surpassed the (then Sears) Willis Tower was considered taller, because of some decorative spire they put on it, even though, the Sears Tower still had a couple of floors advantage on it. If I were the Owners of the Willis Tower now, I'd be at an architectural firm right now, coming up with a big decoration to stick on the top of it.
  11. HFCS

    HFCS Well-Known Member

    Aug 14, 2010
    Art Director
    LA LA Land
    There have been numerous building plans for Chicago buildings that would top Willis/Sears that have stalled, at one point Trump Tower was supposed to be taller but ended up second in the US to Sears. I wouldn't be shocked if a new Chicago building has at least the US record again even if Sears/Willis retained it for now.
  12. Rabbuk

    Rabbuk Well-Known Member

    Mar 2, 2011
  13. Cycsk

    Cycsk Well-Known Member

    Aug 17, 2009
    I was walking about two blocks from the Sears Tower when I learned about the World Trade Center attacks. Needless to say, I picked up my pace and kept an eye looking upward for planes. And I remember thinking that it was the end of super high-rise buildings because the market wouldn't support the risk. Glad I was wrong. And really cool that it is happening at the World Trade Center site.
  14. JWIL4CY

    JWIL4CY Active Member

    Nov 17, 2010
    what the hell is a foursquare mayor?
  15. SC Cy

    SC Cy Well-Known Member

    Check out this behemoth. It has run into some financial problems and the project is on hold right now. There is a giant hold already dug and the foundation has been set. It's a few blocks from Navy Pier. 150 freaking would certainly be a thing of beauty if it ever starts up again.

    Chicago Spire - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

  16. TruClone

    TruClone Well-Known Member

    Mar 25, 2009
    Eldridge, IA
    What you talkin' about Willis?
  17. Cycsk

    Cycsk Well-Known Member

    Aug 17, 2009

    Spectacular building. During sunset, it would cast an incredible shadow down on Navy Pier.

    And it would make an incredible bookend to that section of the Chicago River (with Trump being another farther inland before the river bends).

    It also seems to have some strange features. For instance, it seems that the windows are bowed inward and some views would be blocked by the twisting "supports."
  18. cyclonedave25

    cyclonedave25 Well-Known Member

    Jul 11, 2007
    Sports Performance Coach
    Chicago, IL
    #18 cyclonedave25, Apr 29, 2013
    Last edited: Apr 29, 2013
    Damn! I wonder how much a penthouse condo would cost in that bad boy... Where is the foundation set at?

    Edit: nevermind, I just wikipedia'd it. That would have been pretty sweet though.
  19. FarminCy

    FarminCy Well-Known Member

    Nov 15, 2009
    Right Over There
    At the time my sister lived a block and a half from the John Hancock building and my girl friend at the time's mom worked in the Sears tower.

    Needless to say we were both a little concerned when all the reports were that those two buildings could be targeted with so many planes still in the air.

    But I agree with the location of the new building. I love that they put a bigger taller building back in that area. When my kids are a little older I want to go see the whole site.
  20. Cycsk

    Cycsk Well-Known Member

    Aug 17, 2009

    The 9/11 Memorial site with waterfalls flowing into holes the size of the twin tower bases is pretty powerful.

    The museum building that looks like a plane crashing or a boat capsizing is really disturbing. It is intended to capture the image of something being raised up, but it doesn't work for me.

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