Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago Skyscraper Building Photography

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For the Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago Skyscraper Building Photography project, our Construction Company client’s project and photo shoot required a bit of strategizing.  Strategizing for each client project is typical, but especially necessary for these photos due to not only to photographing the building skyscraper’s full height, but also due to the location & elevation direction. The Lurie Children’s Hospital facility sits one 1.8 acres of land on one of the most visited sections in downtown Chicago – with an estimated 30,000 Northwestern Medicine staff alone in the medical districts area. Affiliated with and sitting on Northwestern Memorial Hospital campus, Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago sits in the heart of downtown and inside the bustling mixed-use district of Chicago’s magnificent mile neighborhood where several hotels, residential, offices, restaurants, shopping and museums surround. With our experience photographing buildings in Chicago since 2008, it was easy to balance all of these elements during the photo shoot. Lurie Children’s Hospital’s main elevation faces Chicago Avenue looking North onto the lawn of Musuem of Contemporary Art. With our strategizing, planning and advanced research, Miller+Miller easily planned ahead for a few photographic challenges, strategizing for Lurie’s north facing building facade, and high-rise construction building Chicago photography as desired.

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The new construction plans for The Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago high-rise skyscraper medical building included a modern & new building design, and plans to improve the operational efficiency of the medical facility. Construction started in 2008 and completed in 2012.  The new Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago Building’s construction hospital facility stands 22 floors above the ground and is located in Chicago’s urban neighborhood where buildings extend all the way to the sidewalks with no empty building space left on each square block.  The Lurie Children’s Memorial Hospital was 1 building elevation in a list of 15 properties we photographed for our Construction Company client’s portfolio of past construction work.  (Click here to view all of our posts & photography of Buildings at Northwestern University in Evanston and Chicago medical campuses)

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Miller + Miller Architectural Photography has photographed several new construction hospital & medical centers and skyscraper buildings around Chicago. The concrete, glass and steel built Chicago skyscraper tower sits 1,252,919 feet tall.  With the high-rise sitting in the bustling section of downtown Chicago, the location and no option for adding on real estate for the new building design except for going taller, meant the facility would need a unique architectural building design to best fit within the existing neighborhood.  The architects final designs included stacking of the upper level of the skyscraper’s floors creatively, with the east and top portion of the building extending a couple of room to the east, toward Lake Michigan.  The unique structure viewable from the northside extends looks stacked extending off the building’s base to the east which allowed for more room inside the hospital creatively adding stacked look, maximizing the new Lurie hospital’s medical offices, suites, and space within the glass & steel new building construction’s design.

Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago is located on the Northwestern Memorial Hospital complex campus at 225 East Chicago Avenue, Chicago IL 60611. The Lurie Children’s Hospital building, also reference by the name of Children’s Memorial Hospital, displays a modern & unique approach to high-rise hospital architecture and building design. The Lurie Children’s hospital was architecturally designed by Solomon Cordwell Buenz Architects scb.com, Anderson Mikos Architects Ltd and ZGF Architects LLP. Structural Engineer & Building Design for the Lurie medical facility by Magnusson Klemencic Associates and construction services by Affiliated Engineers IncM.A. Mortenson Construction Real Estate Development CompanyMortenson.com, Power Construction Company PowerConstruction.net,  Mikyoung Kim Design, ArcelorMittal Steel Construction, Harmon Inc  harmonic.comRWDI Consulting Engineers and Scientists.

Based in Chicago, commercial photographers Miller + Miller Architectural Photography photographs and quotes building photography projects Nationwide. Contact us with details about commercial building, hospital renovation, new construction, or high-rise skyscraper medical facility. We look forward to learning about your construction company and commercial photo needs.

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Chicago Spire Restarting Construction?

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Chicago Spire AerialThe restarting of construction for Chicago Spire, the masterpiece of Santiago Calatrava Valls, an internationally recognized and award winning Valencian Spanish architect, sculptor and structural engineer, may actually become reality soon. Chicago Union leaders with the AFL-CIO may be poised to loan the developer (Garrett Kelleher, Shelbourne Development Group, Inc.) some $170 million in pension funds to restart the Chicago Spire skyscraper project.  Because of the recession and slow economy liens and lawsuits against the developer, what would’ve have been the tallest building in North America, the now building stands stalled in construction.  All there is at 400 N. Lake Shore Drive today is a gigantic hole in the ground of a foundation between the Chicago River and the Ogden slip.

The union boss who represents 100,000 local construction workers says that  unemployment among his members is becoming rampant. The Chicago Spire project could create around 7.5 million man hours of work. “We have people losing their benefits, their houses, their families, and this is a project that’s going to be good for five years with employment for my members,” said Tom Villanova of the Building and Construction Trades Council. “It hit some rough times for this economy, but I think as long as it meets the investment criteria of the pension fund, then it’s a go,” Jerry Roper, president and CEO of the Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce, said.

This is great news!!!  I was getting depressed seeing that big, black, Lake Shore Drive hole in the ground while watching the celebration of the Burj Dabai on TV!  Despite what Donald Trump and other critics may say, I think think the Spire would be the shining crown jewel of the best modern architectural museum in the world…the Chicago Skyline. This building needs to be built. As much as I love buildings like the Burj Dubai, Taipei 101, Petronas Twin Towers, etc… Chicago can not afford to be second place behind cities like Dubai, Taipei and Shanghai. Like the delay of constructing New York’s Freedom Tower, it’s just not right.

Check Out the Chicago Spire’s Website to see more of this beautiful building’s development:  www.thechicagospire.com


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