Wolf Point Master Plan
Hines, Magellan Development Group LLC, bKL Architecture LLC
Wolf Point overlooks the confluence of the Main Branch, the North Branch, and the South Branch of the Chicago River, and is an important site in Chicago’s natural history, due to the river, and its cultural history, as the site of the first permanent residential and development in Chicago in the early 1830s. The site was partially developed in the 1970s with the Apparel Mart and parking structure, but 142,000 square feet (3.26 acres) remained undeveloped, and is the focus of the current planning and development plan.
The project consists of three towers above a garden and plazas which are, in turn, located above parking structures. The Phase 1 West Tower is a 40-story residential apartment building; Phase 2 is an 80-story office building, and Phase 3 is a 60-story office building. WLA was recommended by both Hines, the developer, and bKL Architecture LLC, the design architect, as the project landscape architect because of the firm’s role in preparing the Chicago River Corridor Development Plan (the River Plan), the firm’s many projects along the Chicago River, the firm’s expertise and experience on large Chicago Planned Development (PD) projects, and the firm’s good standing and relationships with many of the city’s civic groups and interested parties. Pelli Clarke Pelli is the Master Planner.
WLA is responsible for overall site, hardscape, and landscape design, including 935 linear feet (LF) and 27,000 SF of new riverwalk; an additional 30,000 SF of new gardens and public open space; and the lighting, stairways, driveways, and drop-offs that make this large multi-use project function. The landscape architect was a member of a large multi-disciplinary team, and worked closely with the architects, structural engineers, and civil engineers in the site planning and design of the riverwalk, gardens, and landscape, which are almost entirely on structure.
The PD was approved in December 2012. Construction started on the West Tower in 2013 and was completed in 2016. Design has begun on the Phase 2 East Tower, with construction scheduled to begin in 2017.