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4 hours ago, carolinaboy said:

Don't remember seeing a couple of these renderings. (I apologize if already posted)

Clark Nexsen website

The interior and street level shot are new. Unfortunately, we're still stuck with that same exterior...

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Was really curious as to why this particular piledriver looked different, and why it seemed like they were never actually driving piles. The answer is, they aren't driving piles per se. This is a different solution, likely due to the proximity of the retirement home. I imagine the retirement home was insistent on reduction of noise, as to not disturb the residents

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On 4/8/2019 at 12:29 PM, vdogg said:

This is such a bittersweet moment. I'm so happy to see this tower finally under construction, but I cry a little bit every time I see the original rendering. It should be noted that the architects that changed it to that uninspiring design were originally known as CMSS Architects (now Clark Nexson). Anybody who's been around this forum for a long time will recognize that name and remember just how bland their  designs used to be, so it all makes sense. I will say that the design of their own tower at Town Center isn't too bad, but I can't for the life of me understand why the developers changed architects like that.

I used to work at Clark Nexsen.  They weren't part of CMSS.  Different companies.  As to why designs get changed, that's usually factors of cost for materials, desires of the developers, and approving authorities, etc.

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On 8/1/2019 at 6:55 PM, vdogg said:

Was really curious as to why this particular piledriver looked different, and why it seemed like they were never actually driving piles. The answer is, they aren't driving piles per se. This is a different solution, likely due to the proximity of the retirement home. I imagine the retirement home was insistent on reduction and noise, as to not disturb the residents

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Sounds way more expensive then just driving piles. We may end up with a 2-story retirement community :tw_joy:

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10 hours ago, Willy18 said:

Sounds way more expensive then just driving piles. We may end up with a 2-story retirement community :tw_joy:

In the Hampton Roads market, driven precast piles are generally more economical than augercast piles, partly because we have local precasters to manufacture the piles - Bayshore Precast Concrete, with plants in Cape Charles (now closed) and Chesapeake.  In other markets, like South Florida, many buildings are supported on augercast piles.  The developers are probably paying a premium for augercast piles to reduce the noise and vibration of driven piles, but they are not likely to be way more expensive.  River Tower is definitely not the first building in Norfolk to use augercast piles.  

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20 hours ago, Buildthetowers said:

How much progress has been made on this project?

 Still driving piles, but it appears they’ve begun excavating the foundation on part of the lot. 

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Sounds like they plan to proceed very quickly with vertical construction, though I suppose at a floor per week is doable (the panels only cover 20 floors of the building).

https://www.google.com/amp/s/finance.yahoo.com/amphtml/news/w-m-jordan-company-clark-120000013.html

"Panel manufacturing will run for approximately 11 weeks starting in early September of this year, with erection scheduled from late November through January 2020.

Expected to open in 2021, the over $130M River Tower construction project will greet new residents with breathtaking views of the Elizabeth River and downtown Norfolk.

“We all work hard here to build long-term relationships with our customers and the communities we serve,” said Smith-Midland CEO Ashley Smith. “Seeing another tall building rise in the Tidewater area that we have had a hand in helping to build is something we are very proud of.”"

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There's a very large crane, taller than the tower crane, on the River Tower site right now. I'm not sure if it's there to erect an additional tower crane or if it's just going to be used for other purposes, but it is quite large.

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The low-rise portion has gone glacially slow, but it looks like they'll be wrapping up the first two floors within the next week or so judging by their progress. After that we should really start to see the core of this tower rise, usually at about a floor per week. I think once January hits this thing is going to take off.

The elevator shaft has been poured up to floor 3. The floors look higher than I imagined. This tower will still have a decent presence once built.

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Really picked up the pace this past week. They're working on the third floor, which will probably be finished by mid-week. Looks like they finally hit that floor a week stride. Floors are a bit taller than I imagined, this should have a nice presence.

 

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