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Trump Tower Chicago - A Surplus Of Superlatives
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The Trump International Hotel and Tower, also known as Trump Tower Chicago and Trump Tower, is a skyscraper condo-hotel in downtown Chicago, Illinois. The building, named after billionaire real estate developer Donald Trump, was built between 2005 and 2009. Upon its completion in 2009, the building became the seventh-tallest building in the world. The 92-story structure, which reaches a height of 1,389 feet (423 m) including its spire, its roof topping out at 1,170 feet (360 m). It is adjacent to the main branch of the Chicago River, with a view of the entry to Lake Michigan beyond a series of bridges over the river.
The building is cantilevered into a section of 420 million-year-old limestone bedrock 110 feet (34 m) underground. It uses 4-foot (1.2 m)-wide stilt-like pillars that were drilled beneath the building. Every 30 feet (9.1 m) around its perimeter, steel-reinforced concrete was poured into these holes to form the structural support. On top of these caisson shafts and pillars, an 8,400-short-ton (7,600 t) concrete pad foundation was built to support the building's spine. The concrete spine uses five I-beam-shaped walls and exterior columns, narrowing to two as the building rises. Each floor is separated by a concrete slab, and stainless steel, glass, and aluminum panels are attached to each floor. 50,000 short tons (45,000 t) of reinforcing steel bars, called rebar, support the hotel.
Of the $600 million construction budget, $130 million was earmarked for the James McHugh Construction Co, who handled the 180,000-cubic-yard (140,000 m3) concrete-only portion of the job.
The Trump International Hotel and Tower has impeccable service and lavish amenities, and one of the best spas and one of the best pools in the city. Its gorgeous views and upscale amenities provide a place to go to live the life of a wealthy tourist. It a "testament to a vibrant 21st-century optimism in Chicago". The hotel meets all expectations attached to the name Trump in terms of luxury and modern conveniences, and the building's architectural design fits well in Chicago's skyline.
January 8th, 2013
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