Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat
Technical Tours

. Aqua Tower

The striking 250-meter wave-like form of the Aqua Tower, achieved with curving balconies cantilevering by different amounts at each floor, give this skyscraper an organic expression and individuality unlike any other skyscraper globally. This tour gave delegates an understanding of both the design and technical achievements of this remarkable tower, as it neared completion.

Blue Cross Blue Shield Headquarters

The Blue Cross-Blue Shield Tower is a unique case study. Originally constructed at 32 stories in 1997 with the provision for future vertical expansion, the 25-story vertical addition began some 10 years later in 2007. Scheduled for completion in 2010, this construction tour gave insight on the technical and logistical complexities of expanding a fully-operational tall building.

John Hancock Center

One of the most famous tall buildings ever built, and still a progressive lesson in both structural engineering and achieving true mixed-use in a skyscraper (retail/office/residential/leisure), the 40-year old, 100-story Hancock Tower revealed some of its secrets to the delegates on this tour, with tour areas including a typical office floor, mechanical floor and the high-level observatory.

Legacy at Millennium Park

At 250 meters, the Legacy will be the tallest residential building in the Chicago loop upon completion in 2010. The Legacy includes 356 luxury condominium units, retail space, space for the School of The Art Institute and The University Club, and parking. The tour was lead by the main contractor for the project who explained the challenges of constructing the building on a very congested urban site.

One Museum Park West

Part of the complex of new residential towers built adjacent to Chicago’s Museum Campus at the southern edge of Grant Park, this prominent grouping of buildings enjoys a separation from the dense tall clusters of the Chicago loop. Topped out by the time of the tour, delegates experienced a typical Chicago concrete-frame building under construction.

Trump International Hotel and Tower

The newly completed 92 story, 415-meter tall Trump Tower is the second-tallest building in the United States, and the tallest building to be constructed in the US since Sears Tower in 1974. Tour delegates experienced the hotel and residential mixed-use functions of the tower, as well as some of the back-of-house spaces, the Chicago riverside walk and the spectacular high level views of Chicago.