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Chicago’s First Staggered Truss Project Resumes Construction
Posted by Tasha Weiss on June 4, 2013 at 8:52 AM.

It’s alive! After a four-year delay, The Godfrey Hotel Chicago, the city’s first staggered steel truss project, has just restarted construction in the River North neighborhood.

 

The project first began construction back in the fall of 2007 and stalled less than a year later. AISC’s Steel Solutions Center had completed a conceptual study for the project and along with ASE hosted a breakfast presentation in early 2008 by members of the project team, as well as a tour of the construction site.
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You can find the recorded presentations, photos from the site tour, a time-lapse video during the initial construction, and information about the structural steel staggered truss system at www.aisc.org/staybridge. (The right image shows a rendering of the project, courtesy of Valerio Dewalt Train, Architect.)

 

The project’s staggered steel truss design allows for large open spaces and potential cost savings. The 14-story upscale lifestyle hotel will include 221 rooms, with 194 studio suites and 27 one-bedroom suites. It is slated to open early next year.

 

Tomorrow, June 5, COAA Illinois is hosting a tour of the restarted construction underway at the project site and members of the project team will discuss the problems and solutions of resuming a construction project after a long-term delay, as well as the building’s innovative staggered steel truss design.

 

For more information about the event and to register, visit www.coaa.org/Chapters/Illinois. You can keep up on the Godfrey Hotel’s construction progress at http://buildingthegodfreyhotel.com.


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