I’m very excited about The Nic on Fifth, a strangely named luxury apartment high-rise replacing one of the most blighted blocks on the north end of Nicollet Mall in downtown Minneapolis. Here is its progress as viewed from the Fifth Street Towers – thanks Clifford! Below that, you’ll see a rendering of the finished product. When Opus is done, they’re building the new Xcel Energy headquarters directly to the north. While many wanted this building taller – or even its originally proposed 33 stories – it will be a huge upgrade to the city.
Again, a big thank-you to my friend Cliff for taking the aerial shots! Click on the images to view them larger, and for the captions that contain some engineering knowhow that I do not possess.
A few quickies – August 17, 2014:
As of March 15, 2014, older pics are below
March 15, 2014 – give or take a few days
Some detail is becoming evident along the podium.
Here’s a bird-eye view of the crown. Thanks, Clifford.
The crane footing – Or at least that’s what we think it is. They’re building the rebar mesh at the bottom of the form, and you can see the first section of the crane is going to be set right into the form. I’m not sure that they’ll pour concrete to the top of the form walls, but maybe.
I think they auger the hole, drop one of these in, then fill it with concrete.
Note crane footing at middle-right, piling rebar at lower-right, poured piling (covered with black tarp) at upper-left.
You can see the top nub of the piling covered with the black tarp. Note the different attachments for the auger boom scattered around the auger crane. They had this set up over the piling yesterday, but I didn’t get to see them finish it. Like I said, I suspect they drop the rebar cylinder into the hole and fill it with concrete, but I’ll keep an eye on the next one to verify.
December 12, 2012