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I like this project! This will be an interesting change to both the skyline and the E.9th St corridor. I know it's a federal building... but I wonder what this thing would look like during the night if it was lit up after the renovation? The possibilities...
Looks cool, but seems like a waste to me. $121 million for $700k a year in energy savings + better bomb protection? Is there no cheaper option to increase the safety of the building?
Isn't this all money from the federal government? Id rather have it spent here then somewhere else, like the 3C project.
^I think he means the 3C money is now somewhere else.
It would be cool if that featureless band around the top of the building could be illuminated as with the Newark federal building that's getting shrink-wrapped too (see below). The north end of the East 9th office corridor ought to have more nighttime illuminations -- it's a little dark over there especially compared to the towers around Public Square (or even the PNC building). One other one I was thinking of is that there ought to be colored neon lighting (green? as was done atop Crown Centre I in Independence?) erected in a gable shape atop Erieview Tower. Not only would it make the building stand out, but it would appear a few stories taller at night! http://featuresblogs.chicagotribune.com/.a/6a00d834518cc969e20147e208fcae970b-800wi
^It would be cool, but we all know that someone would complain about the government wasting money.
Quote from: Keith on January 28, 2011, 12:51:34 AM^It would be cool, but we all know that someone would complain about the government wasting money. Who cares? They will complain about the warm spring sun being too bright.
Really? Part of the reason for doing this is energy efficiency. Why not just have flames shooting out of the top at night? That will get people's attention.
Quote from: Niko on January 28, 2011, 03:10:34 AMReally? Part of the reason for doing this is energy efficiency. Why not just have flames shooting out of the top at night? That will get people's attention.WTF? ? ? ? How energy intensive is neon? LEDs?
From an article earlier this year."Work on the project will begin next summer and continue through 2014."Cant wait to see the finished product. Better take some pictures of the building before next summer!
^seriously? This is a complete boondoggle. Building an enclosure around an old inefficient building? For what, bomb resistance? it would be cheaper to tear it down & rebuild a new modern, efficient, bomb resistant building...