Sears Tower’s New Skydeck :: The Ledge

2 07 2009

CHICAGO, IL.- Sears Tower presented The Ledge, a series of glass bays that extend from the building, debuted to the public as part of an updated Skydeck Chicago experience. Reaching out 4.3 feet from the building’s Skydeck on the 103rd floor, visitors have unobstructed views of Chicago – 1,353 feet straight down.

“We’ve listened to our visitors and people just want to get closer,” said Randy Stancik, general manager, Skydeck Chicago. “You’d only need to see the forehead prints on the windows to know that visitors are constantly trying to catch a glimpse below. Now, they have an unobstructed view straight down and an exhilarating experience.”
I remember visiting the Skydeck when I was younger and being thoroughly bored. I was too short to see over the railing and the telescope left me really wanting to see my house from the cloud sky view. With the new ledge, it will satiate the thirst to put the Sears Tower’s height in perspective. I can’t wait to go up there.

An unmatched view is not all that Skydeck Chicago offers. From the moment visitors arrive, they will enjoy new interactive and educational museum-quality exhibits. The exhibits highlight the iconic landmark, and celebrate Chicago’s sports, architecture, pop-culture, history, food, music and people. Interactive displays feature the city’s rich history, major Chicago attractions and fun facts.

The multi-media elevator gives visitors one of the fastest rides in the world up more than one hundred flights, while giving visitors points of reference for the heights they are ascending along their journey to the 103rd floor. Design and branding firm Hornall Anderson developed the visitor experience to showcase the tower’s story as both a Chicago and global icon. Combined with The Ledge, the Skydeck Chicago experience provides visitors from all over the world an encompassing view of the building and the city.

“The Skydeck attracts more than 1.3 million visitors annually who enjoy views of up to 50 miles and four states,” Stancik said. “Now, visitors will be taken on a ‘one stop Chicago’ journey from the building’s inception and role in Chicago, to the daring experience that awaits them on The Ledge. In a single trip up to 103, visitors see and learn about the best that Windy City has to offer.”

MTH Industries, the Chicago-based 120-year-old glass and architectural metal contractor that installed Cloud Gate in Millennium Park, installed The Ledge’s glass panels. Each glass box is comprised of three layers of glass laminated into one seamless unit. The low-iron, clear glass is clear is fully tempered and heat-soaked for durability. In addition, the motorized system that projects and retracts the boxes from the building utilizes steel LinearBeams.





One response

2 07 2009

No way! Being on that sky deck will be just as bad, if not worst, than riding all the way to the top of the Arch in St. Louis!

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