It seems like one thing James Brown would sing: “You gotta get right down to get on up.” Such is life at Chicago’s Aon Center.
Till lately, as a way to entry the 83-story constructing from its tackle of 200 East Randolph Avenue, one had to make use of a small elevator or a set of stairs to descend from avenue stage to the skyscraper’s plaza, the place the non-limo entrance and pedway system are. However that’s now not doable, because the plaza is being demolished and changed.
The previous plaza was a competition of white, angular, steel tubes, decorative bridges, and a central fountain. It was like a Buck Rogers parkour course.
The brand new plaza, designed by HGA, is way softer. Gone is the fountain which echoed off the partitions of the sunken plaza so loudly that it was disagreeable to sit down there. In comes a central staircase, miniature triangles of garden, wildflowers constructed into a synthetic hillside, and out of doors seating. It’s sufficient to make the stark, brutish tower appear nearly human-friendly.
Work began in late December, and is predicted to wrap up this coming August.