F.E. Moran and F.E. Moran Fire Protection are excited to announce that their project 150 N. Riverside was chosen as ENR Midwest's Project of the Year: Office/Retail/Mixed-use.
Developers and architects deemed the property at the corner of the Chicago River "unbuildable." However, Goettsch Partners and Riverside Investment and Development found a way to make it work beautifully and transform the landscape of the Chicago skyline and riverwalk.
Here is an excerpt from ENR Midwest.
For decades, the less-than-two-acre sliver of land that would eventually become the home of 150 North Riverside sat vacant and unwanted, deemed unbuildable by developers and architects alike.
Despite a desirable Chicago loop location with easy access for commuting workers, the site offered a scant 47 ft of space to build a tower due to seven active Amtrak rail lines on the west and the city’s requirement for a riverwalk to the east.
“The idea of transferring perimeter columns into a core (via steel structural members) was the solution from Jim Goettsch’s first sketch,” says Joachim Schuessler, a principal at architect Goettsch Partners. “We knew we couldn’t land the main structure of the tower within the train tracks or too close to the river. We asked Ron Klemencic [chairman and CEO at Magnusson Klemencic Associates] if we could make that work, and he said, yes, we could and he came up with the necessary tools to do that.”