By Michael Schaeffer
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n every project, building contractors have the sameconcerns—keeping the schedule, dealing with theelements, protecting workers—and when the structure isa skyscraper in a busy, congested city, these concernstake on even more importance. For the builders of theLegacy at Millennium Park, a luxury condominiumresidence in Chicago, IL, the harsh weather andclose proximity to other structures made the projectparticularly challenging.When completed later this year, the 72-story towerwill feature 355 apartments, along with parking, retailfacilities, and the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.Among the building’s unique features is its glass-wallarchitecture providing floor-to-ceiling windows in theresidences and a design that curves in plan and taperswith elevation.
EnCloSing thE Work EnvironmEnt
To help ease these construction challenges, WalshConstruction, contractor for the Legacy, wanted to createa closed working environment on the tower that wouldprotect workers from Chicago’s wind and ensure workersafety while maximizing production levels. Because of thebuilding’s special design features, any system used wouldrequire reconfiguration as construction progressed upthe building.Walsh Construction chose to use Xclimb 60 ProtectionScreens from Doka USA, Ltd. The system providesprotection for the working floor and up to three floorsbelow. The room-high enclosure provides completeprotection around the accident-prone edges of the slabswhere edge falsework and column-forming operationsare performed.In this safe, comfortable working environment,the workers on the Legacy project were able to moveabout freely without fear of falling, while being shieldedfrom Chicago’s high winds. The Xclimb 60 ProtectionScreen’s modular panel system easily adapted to thebuilding’s challenging design and allowed work toproceed on schedule.The following photos illustrate how this protectionsystem was used on the project.
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