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    Re: One World Trade Center to Pass Willis Tower tomorrow

    What you talkin' about Willis?



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    Re: One World Trade Center to Pass Willis Tower tomorrow

    Quote Originally Posted by SC Cy View Post
    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 stories...it would certainly be a thing of beauty if it ever starts up again.

    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."



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    Re: One World Trade Center to Pass Willis Tower tomorrow

    Quote Originally Posted by SC Cy View Post
    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 stories...it would certainly be a thing of beauty if it ever starts up again.

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    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.


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    Re: One World Trade Center to Pass Willis Tower tomorrow

    Quote Originally Posted by Cycsk View Post
    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.
    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.



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    Re: One World Trade Center to Pass Willis Tower tomorrow

    Quote Originally Posted by FarminCy View Post
    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.

    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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    Re: One World Trade Center to Pass Willis Tower tomorrow

    Quote Originally Posted by SC Cy View Post
    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 stories...it would certainly be a thing of beauty if it ever starts up again.

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    Good for the glass industry.


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    Re: One World Trade Center to Pass Willis Tower tomorrow

    Quote Originally Posted by HFCS View Post
    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.
    You can read about the Chicago Spire. That would have been the second tallest building in the world. I know people in Chicago whined when the Petronas towers passed it, but with the Burj Kalifa making the Sears/Willis look like little brother, they really can't complain any more. Not to mention Taipei 101.

    My problem is that the original concept for One World was to be 150 stories, and easily pass the Willis on its own merit at roof height. Instead they are doing it on a techicality because they were cheap. A disgrace of the victims in my mind. It is actually shorter than the original(top of roof). So much for coming back stronger...



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    Re: One World Trade Center to Pass Willis Tower tomorrow

    Quote Originally Posted by SC Cy View Post
    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 stories...it would certainly be a thing of beauty if it ever starts up again.

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    I kept waiting for the bird at the beginning of that video to fly right into and kill itself on the giant drill bit.


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    Re: One World Trade Center to Pass Willis Tower tomorrow

    Tallest Building Title Pits Willis Vs. WTC | NBC Chicago

    There's actually a Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat, wow.



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    Re: One World Trade Center to Pass Willis Tower tomorrow

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    Tallest Building Title Pits Willis Vs. WTC | NBC Chicago

    There's actually a Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat, wow.


    Seems to me that the observatory (or highest occupied floor) should be a relevant factor. Anybody can build a tall antenna. Is there some online voting process we can manipulate to help the Willis/Sears Tower be declared the tallest?



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    Re: One World Trade Center to Pass Willis Tower tomorrow

    Quote Originally Posted by SC Cy View Post
    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 stories...it would certainly be a thing of beauty if it ever starts up again.

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    They should have called it The Drillbit.


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    Re: One World Trade Center to Pass Willis Tower tomorrow

    The fact that the Freedom Tower's height is 1776' is freaking badass.



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    Re: One World Trade Center to Pass Willis Tower tomorrow

    Willis will be the tallest after end of year decision by the board. It has four more floors.


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    Re: One World Trade Center to Pass Willis Tower tomorrow

    Quote Originally Posted by ianoconnor View Post
    The fact that the Freedom Tower's height is 1776' is freaking badass.
    Another way to rub it in to the English ha ha


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    Re: One World Trade Center to Pass Willis Tower tomorrow

    never knew there was a name change from wiki below




    Named the Sears Tower throughout its history, in 2009 Willis Group Holdings obtained the right to rename the building, as part of their lease on a portion of its offices. On July 16, 2009, the building was officially renamed the Willis Tower.


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