Investigators and witnesses claim that an argument on December 28th over ownership of a piece of construction equipment culminated into a fatal shooting.
Investigators and witnesses claim that an argument on December 28th over ownership of a piece of construction equipment culminated into a fatal shooting.
Although Disney keeps quiet about their construction projects—going so far as to own their own company to build in their resorts and theme parks—industry insiders suspect significant damage on the construction site of the upcoming Disney World "Guardians of the Galaxy" roller coaster.
Two factors caused a winter grassland fire to sweep through Colorado’s Front Range, says Johnathon Overpeck, professor in the School for Environment and Sustainability at the University of Michigan: parched weather and the encroachment of suburbs into grasslands.
Last week an underground parking garage in Lakewood, Ohio collapsed at Lakewood's Marine Towers Apartments. The structure came down just before 10:00 am on Thursday, December 23rd.
Multiple studies indicate that the COVID pandemic and job insecurity affect workers’ mental health. For example, a Canadian study says construction workers experience more mental health issues than most.
Workers found human remains in a field while working on a construction site for a Costco store in Redding, CA. Authorities hired an anthropology team from California State University, Chico, to investigate. Later, Native American consultants arrived to oversee the excavation and removal.
Across the United States, in the wake of materials shortages, thieves have been ransacking job sites. They don’t just steal power tools; they take lumber, fixtures, and steel.
A ferocious fire tore through a construction site and the surrounding buildings on December 1st, in Upland, a suburb of Los Angeles. Fire crews say "radiant heat and exposed lumber" sparked the blaze. They didn’t clarify the radiant heat source.
The United States continues to monitor construction in a shipping port near Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates. The US Embassy pressured construction to halt amid evidence of secret Chinese involvement.
On the southern tip of Staten Island, a new project aims to fight rising sea levels and install anti-flooding structures. In September of this year, the Governor’s Office of Storm Recovery began work on what they’re calling “Living Barriers,” breakwaters made up of eight massive rock piles.
The Virginia State Corporation Commission greenlit the largest wind farm in the United States. Project owners predict Dominion Energy’s Coastal Virginia Offshore Wind (CVOW) power generator to produce 2.6 GW. The contract includes the largest submarine cable ever awarded in the United States (Dominion Energy’s massive undersea power cables differ from longer undersea cables, including communications cables between California and Singapore).
As part of the $39.6 billion allocated to higher education in the American Rescue Plan, Texas lawmakers have designated $3.3 billion to construct new buildings at state universities and some renovations. The bill includes money because colleges and universities remain financially pinched from the pandemic.
A 10,000-mile-long subsea fiber optic cable will connect the city of Eureka, California, in Humboldt County, to Singapore; this turns the county into a central communications hub that will eventually see two more massive projects.
Amid worldwide growth in construction, the Chinese government takes another tack: deliberate economic reduction. China's economy, the second-largest globally, increased 4.9% year-over-year, compared to the previous quarter of 7.9%. Factory output, retail sales, and construction caused the slowdown.
The fourth Chicago Architect Biennial wants to connect contractors and architects to turn Chicago's run-down vacant lots into an "architectural oases." Plans include vegetable gardens, community pottery centers, and outdoor art exhibitions. Planners will use vacant land with high crime potential for all projects.
The Colombo crime family targeted a construction union in Queens (the union remains unnamed in the unsealed court paper). Mobsters demanded monthly payments from the union’s health fund. Andrew Russo made the list of defendants. He acted as the alleged boss of the family, accused of taking $10,000 a month from the union fund.
Space-related construction begins at the Kirtland Air Force base south of Albuquerque, New Mexico. The facility offers simulations for space vehicles and energy weapons wargaming.
In a complaint filed last week, the condo board of 432 Park Avenue says that more than 1,500 construction errors, some deemed to be “life safety issues,” riddle their 96-story building. The building once stood as a media darling with celebrity tenants such as Jennifer Lopez and Alex Rodriguez.
The controversial 58-story Millennium Tower in San Francisco, CA, continues to sink. As of February 2020, the tower had sunk 17 inches since it first opened in 2009. Recent readings show that, despite construction efforts to reinforce the building, it has descended another inch.
Both Disneyland and Disneyworld intend to use the pandemic’s attendance slowdown to update rides and attractions. Construction persists through the pandemic, preceded by Disney’s Star Wars-themed Galaxy’s Edge land, which opened for visitors just months before the theme parks closed in the spring of 2020 due to the pandemic.
As the 20th anniversary of 9/11 approaches, television stations and websites plan a flurry of retrospectives and oral histories. Many will feature the original workers, engineers, and owners who built the World Trade Center. History.com released an article about the 10-year-long construction effort; some of the highlights include:
Tech giant Apple intends to construct a new campus complex in San Jose that will cover 85 acres and include their north office. The building site contains a semi-permanent homeless encampment currently. Apple pledged to help the city deal with its homeless population.
Chinese construction companies are preparing to build a line in Datong, North China's Shanxi Province, in which they will test the world's fastest ground vehicle—a low-vacuum maglev high-speed train with a top speed of 1000 km/h (621 mph).
Alison Killing, the first architect to win the Pulitzer prize, used her knowledge of construction and engineering to identify sites of forced labor camps in China. Killing, from England and now living in Rotterdam, studied architecture and engineering at Oxford. She took part in a community design program called 24 Hour Urban Action. The program studied architecture’s link to death camps throughout world history. In 2018 she met Megha Rajagoop, a journalist who had visited one of the camps; Killing decided to use her expertise to find more.
A 2018 report noted significant flaws in the South Champlain Tower in Surfside, Florida, which collapsed nearly ten days ago. NPR exposed a series of presentations given to the residents in both the North and South Champlain Towers in the fall and winter of 2020. The major takeaway was, "we have to do all this right now."
Habitat for Humanity, the charity organization that builds homes for the disadvantaged, faces financial trials. The first blow came from the virus; safety precautions severely reduced the number of volunteers they could have onsite. The second came from the lack of revenue from closed ReStores, a chain of reuse stores Habitat for Humanity runs to partially fund their projects. The third blow came from supply chain issues—the same issues faced by all residential contractors.
As crews still search through the rubble of the Surfside, Florida condo that collapsed last week, new reports indicate that the building needed construction repairs as early as 2018.
Contractors know about massive price jumps in materials. Still, a new report from the federal government shows that non-residential construction input prices rose 23.9% in May over May of 2020, and the prices rose 4.8% since April.
Builders chatter about modular construction, particularly over the past few years. Even Warren Buffet entered the market with an ambitious venture into the technology. A new report projects modular construction to be worth $114 billion by 2028.
Californians face the increasing severity of wildfires at the beginning of fire season. The Los Angeles City Council seeks to slow fires with a new proposal: City Building Code Fire District 1 Expansion. This initiative expands fire safety measures in dangerous neighborhoods, such as Silver Lake and Pacific Palisades. The proposal severely limits the use of wood framing in large buildings (over 150,000 square feet).
Amid the rise of autonomous vehicles, some wonder how these cars will react to unexpected events. A flurry of discussion ensued last year when one company prioritized the safety of their autonomous vehicles over that of pedestrians. A new video escalated tension; a car from the Waymo autonomous taxi service in Chandler, Arizona, experienced trouble handling interaction with road construction.
On April 25th, the construction team, led by engineering and construction firm, Bechtel, added a massive cooling tank to Plant Vogtle Unit 4, one of only two nuclear power plants currently under construction in the United States. Located in Waynesboro, Georgia, this final crane lift marked the end of a significant phase of the project.
Nobody in the construction industry sees the material shortage as new news; lumber has climbed more than 300% since March of 2020. According to a survey from the Associated Building Contractors, lack of materials competes for top concern among contractors, alongside the labor shortage.
Early in 2021, a mansion in Biscayne Bay, Miami Beach, marketed as a solar-powered home, sold for $1525 million. The 112 solar panels on the roof generate enough power to operate the house for weeks or even months completely off-grid.
Two bills, the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act in March and the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act in December, set aside $190.5 billion to help schools. This money could represent significant changes in the architecture of future schools.
Los Angeles, one of the largest metropolitan areas in the world, faces a massive housing shortage. Many people live in wooden barracks. The Los Angeles Department of Building and Safety plans to react to their crisis by launching the Accessory Dwelling Unit Standard Plan Program. Based on a 2017 statewide law, their directive enables the city to approve the construction of tens of thousands of “high-design, minimal dwellings” in-home backyards throughout the city.
The $20 billion megaproject, One Central, in Chicago appears to be moving forward, following a dispute with Metra Electric, Chicago’s commuter rail system. Landmark Development, the developer of One Central, reached a tentative agreement this week to work “above, below, and around the tracks in the area without disrupting commuter operations.” Also, Landmark will spend $3.8 billion on a transit connection.
The Cherokee County School Board stopped construction of the School of Innovation and Technology building project in Cherokee County, North Carolina, due to workers uncovering the presence of a slave graveyard that dates back to the Civil War.
With more companies and countries getting a toe-hold into space, it's only natural that a massive construction project intends to make big profits from future tourist space travel.
Visitors to England’s Stonehenge admire the magnificent and breathtaking vistas. Still, even spending a short time on site, it’s difficult not to notice the mass of traffic just a few hundred feet away. Although Stonehenge sits on a vacant land plot, a nearby road, built in the 19th century, acts as a major thoroughfare through the region. In 2020, the government conditionally approved the construction of a massive tunnel to silence highway noise.
Of the five boroughs of New York City, perhaps none is as infamous as Riker’s Island, a 413-acre island that houses one of the country’s largest prisons. The New York City Council has marked Riker’s Island as a target for tear down and renovation; most New Yorkers agree with this sentiment.
A massive radio telescope, dubbed the Square Kilometer Array, has been in planning for nearly 30 years. The program quickly approaches fruition thanks to a significant partnership between six nations. Don’t think of this radio telescope like an observatory on a mountain. Instead, it consists of 130,000 wire antennas erected in Western Australia and 130 dishes in South Africa (added onto an existing 64-dish array).
In recent years, mining has seen a huge surge in success. 2020 represented a banner year for domestic mining (not just in ore but also in aggregates and quarries).
According to PRNewswire, a new report, “Construction in China – Key Trends and Opportunities to 2024” shows massive construction undertakings in the country in the first half of the decade. This occurs amid slowdowns in United States construction due to material shortages.
A massive construction project in Midtown Manhattan has advanced one stage closer in the approval process. The project would not only build two “supertall” skyscrapers; it would move Madison Square Garden and convert the former Garden into a spacious Penn Station.
In early 2020, while the coronavirus was still restricted to China, the country moved at a lightning pace to quarantine Wuhan and combat the virus. The construction industry is now looking at how the China State Construction Engineering Corporation (CSCEC) managed to build two hospitals from the ground up in less than two weeks and what we can learn from their speed.
Climate change poses a threat that governments and city planners are starting to take seriously: according to a 2019 study, the global sea level could rise anywhere from two to seven feet by 2100. At today's population levels, that would displace more than 190 million people, a number that will only go up. "If our findings stand, coastal communities worldwide must prepare themselves for much more difficult futures than may be currently anticipated," the study warned.
A new website has launched for a new public high-speed rail line between Los Angeles and Las Vegas, with details emerging about the line's construction, known as Brightline West.
US industrial construction is having a good year, all things considered. A report from the consulting group of Cushman and Wakefield shows that the industrial market has produced a total of 159 million square feet in the last three consecutive quarters. The third quarter made 61 million alone, which is 16% higher than in the same quarter in 2019.
Two major construction projects at Disney World show signs of life despite the slow and unsteady construction in the non-residential sectors, and especially despite the desperately dire conditions of Disney profits due to the closure of the majority of their theme parks.
Los Angeles is facing tough economic times, and the construction and architecture communities are rallying to see how to address the future of the City of Angels. According to architect Karin Liljegren of Omgivning, an architecture, and design firm, Covid-19 has exposed many deep-rooted problems in Southern California. Among them, the health crisis, the climate crisis, and the racial crisis.
With the lockdowns of COVID and the ensuing conversation about whether working from home or not will remain a more conventional way of doing business. Mass transit projects are taking a funding hit—or at least being highly scrutinized by the backers who are putting up the billions of dollars to fund them. In New York City, for example, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) said that without federal assistance, they face a $16 billion funding gap through 2024.
Tesla, the company behind the electric cars and the SpaceX launch vehicle that safely sent astronauts to the International Space Station and brought them back safely to earth, is now turning its eye onto the most substantial ever energy storage system, in Moss Landing, California.
A new company, Mighty Buildings, has quietly been gaining $30 million in funding from a combination of investors, including Khosla Ventures, Y Combinator, SV Angel, CoreVC and more. The company has made the eyebrow-raising claim that it can automate as much as 80% of the construction process.
For a country with such a chaotic past, including several recent violent rocket engagements with Israel, Lebanon has had a surprising amount of highly-developed architecture. Add to that the historic nature of the city and its many ancient buildings, and you’ve got a wonderland of architectural design. That could all be gone permanently, however, following this week’s devastating explosion.
Construction workers got more than they bargained for this week while doing routine construction work on a park in Washington DC—they discovered an undetonated World War 2 era bomb.
In the first step of reopening the construction in New York City, Mayor Bill de Blasio said on June 5th that he would allow 32,000 construction sites to reopen.
According to a report from Moody’s Analytics, many people are considering moving out of large population centers as they have seen areas like New York and New Jersey—with very high density populations—get much sicker from the novel coronavirus. The report suggests people will be moving away from Los Angeles, New York, and Chicago, and to smaller towns like Madison, Wisconsin and Durham, North Carolina.
When excavating in Mexico City, it’s not uncommon to find uncommon things. The city is built on the ruins of the Aztec capital of Tenochitlan, and that was built on top of even more ancient cultures before it. So when digging, you can be sure to find something. But at the Mexican capitol’s new airport development, construction workers found something they didn’t expect: two huge skulls, along with scattered ribs and limbs.
Low-skilled construction workers in the U.K., urged back to work by Prime Minister Boris Johnson, have one of the highest rates of death from the virus.
The construction magazine Construction Dive took an in-depth look at what is coming down the pipeline for jobsites in a post-coronavirus world. It listed eight things that it said will changing in coming months and years—some of which will be temporary but some of which will be permanent.
Even as America is reeling from COVID-19 and wonder about the future of sports—both in the short and long term—as we come to struggle with the future where social distancing, masks, and large gatherings are all questions on the tips of our tongues, a $1.7 billion soccer stadium is being constructed in China. When completed—estimated to be in 2022—it will be the largest soccer stadium in the world, including 100,000 seats and 162 boxes.
In Orlando, Florida, the center of theme park and resort entertainment for half the country, there has been observed activity in the construction of Universal Orlando Resort, but Disneyworld and its adjoining parks, hotels and resorts remained shuttered.
Kansas-based construction company Hutton Construction isn’t letting the downturn in projects stop them from working—they’re trading their hammers and nails for masks and gloves, and they’ve gone down to the local food bank to make a difference. Employees and their families are packaging meals for the Outreach Program, a 17-year-old food service foundation based out of Union, Iowa.
It was one year ago this week that the news raced around the world: the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris, which has stood for 860 years, was engulfed in flame. And though fortunately no lives were lost in the fire, which was either caused by a cigarette or a faulty wire, and the stained-glass windows and main structure of the building remained intact, the spire and roof collapsed. The wood roof, known as the “the forest” for its many heavy, ancient wooden beams, were destroyed, along with the lead roof, and a 350-ton mass of scaffolding that was around the structure as part of a restoration project.
We’re already seeing semi-permanent changes being made to stores and gas stations: plastic barricades are going up to protect cashiers from the breath of customers and yellow lines are painted in parking lots to mark where queues should form to wait their turn to enter the store. It’s likely that we’ll see many more innovations in the coming months and years as we learn from this pandemic how to curtail future ones. But this isn’t the first time that architecture has changed radically because of mass sickness and disease. Just as COVID-19 is changing modern structures, 18th century tuberculosis, 19th century cholera, and 20th century Spanish flu forever altered the way architecture is used in cities.
Even though construction is still mostly operating at capacity, architectural firms—particularly those that work on public works projects—are getting squeezed by the poor economy, and that predicts few construction projects down the pipeline.
With more than 90% of the country under stay-at-home orders, the streets have been eerily quiet. Of course, there is still the traffic of essential workers, and the trips to the grocery store and pharmacy, but traffic is demonstrably low right now.
Italy has been the country hit the hardest by the coronavirus, seeing an almost 9% death rate (more than 8,000 deaths as of March 27th), and the country is struggling to handle the massive need for hospital space. That’s why the architecture firm Carlo Ratti Associati designed an intensive care unit that can be easily packaged and sent to areas in need.
Construction on a temporary field hospital started on Wednesday on a Shoreline soccer field near Seattle, Washington. As of March 19th, Washington had over 1300 cases of the virus, one of the hardest-hit states in the country.
All across the nation there has been a dramatic shortage in several essential items, but one in particular is protective masks. While hospitals have masks in storage for their needs, the coronavirus pandemic has all but depleted their stores of the precious safety equipment—and they haven’t been helped by the members of the panicked public who bought through Amazon, and other online retailers’, stocks in a matter of hours. This has left emergency workers scrambling to find masks, with some nurses and doctors resorting to using bandannas and strips of cloth.
Last week ConExpo went ahead as planned in Las Vegas, bringing in 130,000 attendees to the once-every-three-years event. The expo takes up 2.7 million square feet of space and is truly staggering in its scope. Taking place on March 10, before most travel bans and mass closures were instituted, the expo move forward on schedule.
Even though there have been very few cases of the coronavirus confirmed in the United States, it has already impacted the construction industry in several places and may spread to more.
Two hospital in China are being special-built specifically to combat the dangerous coronavirus, and a new video from the construction company shows a time-lapse video of the breakneck construction.
The Block Kids Building Competition, a partnership between the Girl Scouts of Central Texas and the National Association of Women in Construction (NAWIC) with feature 50 girls from kindergarten to sixth grade. Each will get 100 bricks and an hour to build whatever they choose.
California’s Bay Area, home to Silicon Valley, where Facebook, Apple, Google, and Microsoft all call home, has a housing problem that is unmatched anywhere, even in Manhattan, the most expensive of cities: the Bay Area’s “low income” designation now applies to a family of four making less than $117,000 a year. The state of California has more than 134,000 homeless, and in the Bay Area that has increased by 17% since 2017.
“Coastal ... real estate development is continuing to be faster than inland, which means we are continuing to put ourselves at risk,” says Susan Wachter, a real estate professor at the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School.
Built at the Kennedy Space Center pad complex, the new launch and landing facilities for the SpaceX Starship Mk2 prototype rocket are heavy construction. Although work only began three weeks ago, photos show heavy equipment has already cleared a large area next to the 39A ramp.
The Home Depot Foundation announced its next phase of a $50 million pledge to train 20,000 skilled tradespeople by 2028. They’re partnering with Home Builders Institute to implement youth trades training for high school students in at-risk communities.
Michael Riley, a Manhattan-based research scientist for Google, considered installing $40,000 sound-proof windows before settling on a more cost-efficient choice: a pair of $250 noise-cancelling headphones. He had found out that contractors at a nearby building had received an after-hours variance permit that allowed late-night construction.
Florida construction company passed over the application to hire a woman as a heavy equipment operator because of her gender, according to a lawsuit filed by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission on August 27th.
During preliminary construction on a proposed highway in Durango, Colorado, workers uncovered remarkably well-preserved archaeological ruins, most likely dating back to the Ancestral Puebloan period (commonly referred to as the Anasazi).
To take the pulse of the construction industry, Grassi and Co. hired an independent survey group to take a three-month survey of the industry in New York, and the results are in.
Tokyo 2020 Olympic organizers have released a report outlining their readiness for the Summer Olympic and Paralympic Games. According to the report, more than half of all venues have been completed with just a year to go.
Westbury, New York, officials are rezoning a degraded industrial sector near the Long Island Rail Road (LIRR) into a sprawling green space, in an effort to increase sustainability.
hh2 Powertools reported on the rapid growth in investment into construction automation, but an editorial by Chris Stanley, of the Concrete Block Association, says that it’s an enticing solution that overlooks the real problems.
This is a bulldozer and forklift simulator. Students using it can earn three different heavy equipment certifications. “The kids, they know, you know, that could be real money, instead of what they’re getting out on the street,” says Earl Gale, one of the instructors at Sojourn High Vocational Lab, inside a juvenile detention center. Gale has been an instructor there for 12 years.
In a post that went viral in late June, a construction worker in Vancouver, Washington, a construction worker made a social media post after overhearing a woman make disparaging comments about his appearance.
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