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Blue Cross Building Goes Up
Goettsch Partners' Joe Patrick, John Buck Co.'s Jim D'Amico, and Walsh Construction's Lou Rosetti at the Chicago Cultural Center

Building a 24-story building on top of a 31-story building is as hard as it sounds, but that's what Goettsch Partners' Joe Patrick, John Buck Co.'s Jim D'Amico, and Walsh Construction's Lou Rosetti  have been working on for 3.5 years. The Blue Cross Blue Shield building, just north of Millennium Park, due spring '10, was always planned for 55 stories, but the insurance giant started out with 31. Yesterday, The architect, developer, and contractor spoke about the process with the Friends of Downtown at the Chicago Cultural Center.

 
Lou Rosetti at the Chicago Cultural Center

Lou said he thought Matt Walsh was nuts when he first asked him to do the project. While Lou says guests as the Swissotel call regularly to report the BCBS  building is on fire when they see sparks from the welding, the tower's construction has been free of major injuries, even after contractors engineered a system to build a crane using derricks on the tower's roof.