The structure for the BMO Tower continues its ascent at 320 S Canal Street, a 50-story office building in West Loop Gate. Designed by Goettsch Partners and developed by Riverside Investment & Development along with Convexity Properties, the 1.5 million-square-foot development is located on a full-block site directly south of the 1925 Union Station headhouse.
Recent photos show the construction continuing its vertical ascent. The concrete core is now over ten stories high, with the tower crane rising above it. The steel structure is also rising slightly behind it at about nine stories. Workers can be seen working on laying the metal decking for the floors.
The project is designed as a three-tiered building oriented in the north-south direction along the east side of the site. The east face of the building aligns with the property line to reinforce the urban street wall. The setbacks reflect the internal organization of the project and creates large terraces to offer private outdoor amenities. V-shaped structural frames open up the ground floor to blur the line between the indoors and the adjacent outdoor park.
The project creates a major public space at ground level by moving the building footprint to the east, freeing space for a 1.5-acre public park. The park space is organized around a large, oval-shaped lawn with a curved path defining the main pedestrian circulation. The park includes areas for outdoor activities as well as retail space.
Photos show that the open space for the future public park is open and has multiple excavators staged. Different raw materials and gravel are also piled on the site. The public park will likely be the last part of the construction.
Clark Construction Company is in charge of the construction of the development. Construction is expected to be completed by January 2022.