Everyone knows Ground Zero. Everyone remembers the horror of 911. Construction teams and first responders arrived before the smoke had cleared. Construction workers searched the site after the collapse. Construction workers cleared the site and then combed through the debris looking for the remains of the thousands of people who died that day. Construction workers helped strategize with the planners and the Silverstein Properties who have worked for the last 9 years on a plan to rebuild the site in an appropriate way that respects the people who lost friends and families that day. Now the six new buildings are being erected at the site by an amazing team of construction professionals.Fox News is reporting on the progress all this week and you can see some of the designs, the 7 levels below grade, the park where the first of 400 trees were placed over Labor Day and the progress on the new buildings that are rising from the site.
September 09, 2010
According to an article in Arabianbusiness.com, a number of Saudi construction companies have been hiring illegal workers in order to finish projects on time. The article...
August 26, 2010
Wondering this morning what it will be this time. We have heard phrases like, “It ain’t goin’ to be the same this time around.” “I sure hope that it picks up soon.” “Change is a comin!” “It’s a new world this time around.”Twenty years later and we are still hearing the same phrases thrown around. I am still waiting to hear “Look to Heaven in '11!”Jim Parsons, who blogs for ENR.com, wrote in an entry entitled Rebar Madness: Preparing for the New Normal, that those who are expecting the construction business to return to the levels of 2007 any time soon will likely be in for a rude awakening.Parsons quotes Laura D’Ardenne, Manager of Sustainable Construction for PCL Constructors, who says that some changes are already in place. According to D’Ardenne, “Owners are looking for knowledgeable contractors who can be part of process, and help them evaluate strategies. Firms are also being called on to demonstrate their knowledge. You can’t just say you know BIM or sustainability. You need to show just how well you understand it, including how you’ve used it to improve your own operations.”
August 23, 2010
The tallest building on the planet today is the Burj Khalifa rising 2,717 feet into the desert sky over Dubai. It is a building full of hyperbole built to illustrate some of the limits of today’s construction. At 160 floors, it is higher than two Empire State Buildings and the tower that sits on its top is over 700 feet tall. The designers said that the tower was that tall so that the overall tower would not look too stubby. The designers were members of the Skidmore, Owings and Merrill (SOM) offices. The firm has had a number of tall buildings, but this is the tallest.We could ask and answer lots of esoteric questions about its cost and design, but that is not the purpose of my inquiry. You can read a great review of the building, its lighting and some of the intricacies in this latest issue of Architecture Record.My question is two-fold. First, Who is the contractor? I will leave that one to the reader to tell me.
August 19, 2010