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 YPC Holds Student Workshop on Coast at Lakeshore East
March 20, 2013
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CHICAGO - Building off the highly successful student workshops at IIT, the Young Professionals Committee hosted its first student workshop at the University of Illinois at Chicago on the Coast at Lakeshore East, covering the design and construction of the newest tower on Chicago's waterfront.

More than 35 students attended the multi-disciplinary presentation on the Coast at Lakeshore East, led by members of the design team: Ryan Keane, McHugh Construction; Grace Ames, Loewenberg Architects; and Carl Moskus, bKL Architecture.

Ryan Keane presents on the Coast at Lakeshore East
With the first residents already moved in and a completion date set for July 26, The Coast is the latest tower in the SOM master-planned Lakeshore East community. The presentations focused on the design and construction challenges of a fast-track project, where the foundation was starting to be poured before all the design work was completed. The presentation made clear that collaborative effort was key to the success of the building.

Ryan Keane started the presentation with a short overview of the history of Lakeshore East, a 26-acre site in downtown Chicago owned and developed by Magellan Development. The Coast is the most recent tower in the development, containing 515 apartments in a glass box. Keane explained the key components of the construction process, from the caissons to the 13' thick mat slab, to the post-tensioned concrete floors.

Grace Ames then took over to explain the architectural design process, from concept to construction documents. The design and construction process has only taken two and a half years and during that time, "What I learned is architecture is a truly a collaborative effort," Grace said. She explained that it was important to be able to share a vision to keep the project on schedule and still produce a quality building.
Ryan Keane demonstrates the post-tensioning process
Grace Ames and Ryan Keane answer student questions

After the presentations, there was a round of questions from the students ranging from curiosity about the collaborative process between the disciplines to process of obtaining The Coast’s LEED Silver rating. The Young Professionals then stayed on after the presentation to talk with students about their projects and answer questions.

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