On March 15, Steve Fifield, chairman of Fifield Cos., and his wife, Randy Fifield, chairman of Fifield Realty Corp., were joined by more than 50 invited guests, including Ald. Walter Burnett, business partners, and close friends and family members, to celebrate the milestone and the record pace at which NEXT has been constructed.
“Topping off days are my favorite because you can finally see all of the pieces coming together,” said Randy Fifield. “When we contracted to buy this site in 2013, it seemed like downtown Chicago’s best-kept secret. Today, there are so many of signs of life here, with NEXT serving as a catalyst for other commercial and residential projects – some of which have already broken ground – that will only add to the vitality of this area and make it a truly exciting place to live.”
Construction on NEXT commenced in June 2015, with an original projected completion date of early 2017. Due to favorable conditions, crews were able to make faster-than-scheduled progress on the tower, with first move-ins now scheduled for Sept. 1. The brisk pace of construction helped offset a protracted approval process for the development, one of the first high-rise apartment buildings to be constructed on land that was once zoned as a manufacturing district.
Among those in attendance at the topping-off ceremony were members of the development team, including Patti McHugh of general contractor McHugh Construction, George Papageorge and Brian Kidd of principal architect Pappageorge Haymes and Shea Soucie of interior designer Soucie Horner Ltd., as well as representatives from Citizens Bank, The Private Bank and Ullico, the project’s lenders.