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Award-winning Aqua at Lakeshore East selects Superior Reserve Engineering & Consulting as reserve study provider.

After an exhaustive review of the top reserve consulting firms in the industry, Superior Reserve Engineering & Consulting is honored to have been selected by the The Aqua at Lakeshore East's board of directors as their reserve study provider.

The Aqua at Lakeshore East is a landmark 81 story high-rise in Chicago's New Eastside neighborhood completed in 2009.
In 2009 The Aqua was named Emporis "Skyscraper of the year" and was shortlisted for the 2010 "International Highrise Award" 

According to designer Jeanne Gang, The Aqua's captivating architecture was inspired by the striated limestone outcroppings that are common geographic features of the great lakes states.  Other observers remark that the blue-glass facade and white balcony design resembles tropical water meeting white sand beaches.  

 

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The Aqua is the first Chicago building to combine a mixed-use of condominiums, apartments, and a hotel.   

At a height of 859 feet, containing nearly 2 million square feet of floor space, the Aqua is a prominent addition to Chicago's famous skyline.

 

A view from the top:

 

Looking East: (Navy Pier and Chicago River Lock)

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Looking Northwest:

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World record concrete pouring operation...

...kicks off construction on tallest building west of Mississippi River.
On Saturday Feb 15th, construction crews began a 20-hour concrete pour that will set a world record for the longest duration continuous concrete pour ever.  Officials from the Guinness Book of World Records will be on hand to verify the feat.  The record setting concrete pour will serve to form the foundation of LA's first new skyscraper in over 20 years.Wilshire Grand Center2

The Wilshire Grand Center will be an 1,100 ft tall mixed-use office/retail/hotel complex with an estimated cost of $1 Billion.  It will be the tallest building west of the Mississippi River.  Only Chicago and New York have taller buildings.  Topping out at 73 floors, the Wilshire Grand Center will encompass approximately 1.7 million square feet of space!
In comparison, the Wilshire Grand Center, in earth-quake-prone Los Angeles is only 2/3rds of the height of New York City's new "One World Trade Center" which stands 1776 feet tall when measured to the top of its architectural spire. It has 35 fewer floors than Chicago's Willis (formerly Sears) Tower.  Willis Tower still eclipses One World Trade Center with the highest occupiable floor at 108 floors compared to 1 WTC's 104.  

In a unique departure from Los Angeles's typical high-rise construction practice, The Wilshire Grand will have not have a "flat" roof as is mandated by a 1974 fire ordinance that required all tall buildings to include rooftop helicopter landing pads.  Because The Wilshire Grand will be constructed with life-safety systems that exceed LA city fire codes it has been granted an exception that will allow it to have a sloped architectural roof.  
240px-Wilshire Grand CenterAdding to the degree of difficulty in completing this 20-hour world-record concrete foundation pour is the fact that concrete must be dispensed into place within 90 minutes of being mixed.  84 million pounds of concrete will be delivered by approximately 2,000 truckloads during the project.  Due to traffic issues in Los Angeles careful planning, including alternate routes around traffic jams, was required to stage such an operation.
The Wilshire Grand Center is expected to be completed in 2017.  Read more about this intriguing new real estate development at www.wilshiregrandcenter.com

 

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