When High Concrete Group was asked to help bring an 8547 sq m (92,000 sq h) office building at 1200 Intrepid Avenue to life, it was up for the challenge. Later, they were also rewarded for their work as this project received the 2016 Harry H. Edwards Industry Advancement Award from the PCI Institute. Located at the Navy Yard's Corporate Center in Philadelphia, a master-planned development within the Navy Yard encompassing approximately 125,400 sq m (1.35 million sq h), the Intrepid building is constructed entirely of flat concrete planks. Each piece is set at an angle, so the composition gradually becomes a curving wall with mesmerizing optical effects that make the front wall appear as though it is falling to the ground like a row of dominos. Three sides of the structure are conventional flat walls, while the east facade has a variety of radii, ranging from just over 98 m (320 h) at the ground floor to just over 2,713 m (8,900 h) at the parapet of the roof.
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Location: Chicago, Ill.
Type of Precast: Architectural Panels
Size: 1.12 million sq. ft. (approximately 200,400 sq. ft. architectural precast)
Overlooking Lincoln Park and soaring into the Chicago skyline, Lincoln Park 2550 is a unique multi-family residential structure has been dubbed the “Vertical Gold Coast” in the real estate community. The 39-story tower accommodates some of the most exclusive properties in the Chicago area.
The prominent structure features a distinctive mansard roof that is a focal point of the skyline along the lake front. Additionally, intricate balcony railings, and carefully designed exterior finishes speak to the exceptional finishes found on the inside.
Overall, the design creates an illusion of three separate towers and features a dramatic two-story entrance. The residents of this high-profile building will have access to a spa and fitness center, dance studio, indoor pool, outdoor terrace, and an acre of private parkland.
Important to the overall aesthetic of this luxurious building are the precast architectural pieces featured on the exterior. The architectural panels and column covers that were produced for this project covered over 200,400 square feet and numbered more than 2,000 pieces.
The precast mix was required to match an existing structure, and featured a medium sandblast finish. The building features intricate reveals and selected sections of the structure required the use of thin-brick panels to create interest and detail for such a large structure. The architect required a mix color for the brick joints that differed from the exposed precast.
“The 2550 North Lakeview project is a gem for the North Side of Chicago,” said Kellen DeCoursey, Assistant Project Manager with Walsh Construction. “This is the most complex architectural precast project I have been involved with, or have seen around the city. Working with the High Concrete Group (HCG) made the project even better. HCG was able to handle this complex and challenging project with all of their competent staff from engineering, plant staff and field management. Working through challenging and complex shapes, drafting and forming; HCG was able to provide the Ownership and the residents of Chicago with a project that everyone can enjoy. I am not sure that we will ever see another architectural precast project of this detail and complexity in our lifetime.”
The tower at 2550 North Lakeview Drive stands in harmony with Chicago’s grandest lake-front buildings, and blends the convenience of city living with exclusive features to create an oasis for the residents.