Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat
One Museum Park West Tour

October 21st, 2009
Report written by Marshall Gerometta, CTBUH Database Editor

One Museum Park West viewed from the south
. A group of delegates from the CTBUH 2009 Chicago Conference started their conference experience with a technical tour of One Museum Park West; a new 54 story residential tower near the museum campus in the south loop area of Chicago. At the time of the tour the building had recently topped out and was well on its way to completion (scheduled for spring 2010).  The tour was led by Bob Nicksic, Josh Stark and Matt McKenna of Bovis Lend Lease, Inc. (the main contractor for the project) and Jeff Renterghem of Pappageorge/Haymes (the projects architects), the group was given a half hour presentation on the project and then were taken to the main roof of the tower. The group also toured the 53rd, 34th and 14th floors, as well as the basement levels.

One Museum Park West is part of the Central Station development, which also includes its 62 story neighbor, One Museum Park East. Two other tall towers are proposed to the west along Roosevelt Avenue, which are proposed to be in the 800 and 900 foot height range. One Museum Park West has a total height of 594’ 10” (181.3 meters). An original design included a snail-shaped screen wall at the top of the structure, which would have brought the total height to just over 632 foot, but that design was scrapped for a shorter and squared-off screen wall, due to maintenance issues.

Architect Jeff Renterghem of Pappageorge/Haymes Looking down on tower crane from the 53rd floor

The building has 14,000 square foot floor plates and a total of 298 one, two and three bedroom condominium units, with the highest units on the 53rd floor. One freight and three passenger elevators service the building. There are five basement levels that include 438 parking spaces. The building is a concrete structure with a shear wall core system and post-tension transfer beams. A caisson foundation with a secant wall retention system supports the structure. The building used a top-down construction method which meant the building was actually topped out before the last basement floor slab was poured. A three day cycle was achieved with the floor slab concrete pours.

Mechanical penthouse Interior photo of the 53rd floor
Typical unit on the 14th floor Secant wall pile system

After viewing an in depth presentation and slide show, the group took a hoist to the main roof. Due to some good weather everyone was given a great view of the Chicago skyline to the north and the museum campus and Soldier Field to the east and south. The timing was good because the tower crane was in the process of being dismantled, giving the group a rare chance to look down on a construction crane. From the roof the tour proceeded to the 53rd floor, which will be the highest occupied floor. The 34th and 14th floors were also toured to show progress on the interior work for the residential units. After being up in the sky, the tour concluded in the basement levels, where the interior coffer dam and secant wall pile system in the retaining wall were shown.

One Museum Park West, an example of another fine addition to the continually expanding skyline south of Grant Park. Many thanks are given to a very well-organized presentation and tour by the representatives from Bovis and Pappageorge/Haymes.

Tour guests on the roof

Attendees: Afsaneh Ardehali, University of Cincinnati; Young Min Byun, SAMOO A&E; Kim Clawson, Goettsch Partners; Anatolii Franivskyi, Research Institute for Building Production; Amir Ghoreishi, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; Kyu Seok Hwang, Hyundai Engineering & Construction Co. Ltd.; Anatolii Klymenko, Institute Kievzitloproekt; Jung Chul Lee, Hyundai Engineering & Construction Co. Ltd.; Kieron Maibusch, Illinois State University; Robert Mathews, American Architectural, Inc.; Lance McMasters, Lerch Bates Inc.; John Melching, American Architectural, Inc.; Sarv Nayyar, Nayyar and Nayyar Structural Engineers; Iryna Okunieva, Graal; Jeff Perkis, Illinois Institute of Technology; Tetiana Runova, Research Institute for Building Production; Michael Scanlon, Trelleborg Global Architectural; Jack Tornquist, Lerch Bates, Inc.

Picture Gallery
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Overall view
Dismantling tower crane
Presentation to guests
Jeff Renterghem of Pappageorge/Haymes Base of tower
Northwest view from roof
Top of neighboring tower from roof
Tour group enjoying the view
Main roof

Mechanical penthouse
Grant park from main roof
Guests group photo
Overhead pipes on 53rd floor 53rd floor interior

View down onto crane
53rd floor interior

34th floor interior

34th floor bathroom

34th floor balcony

14th floor unit

Typical kitchen and dining room on 14th floor
Typical living space on 14th floor

Secant wall pile system

Basement level 5

Looking down to basement level 5