Archinect - News 2018-06-19T03:05:26-04:00 Construction equipment manufacturers 'extremely disappointed' with Trump's tariffs Alexander Walter 2018-06-18T14:33:00-04:00 >2018-06-18T14:35:19-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>The American Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM) has criticised the Trump Administration over the introduction of 25% tariffs on $50bn of Chinese imports. Chinese goods affected include types of construction and agricultural equipment. [...] Since Trump&rsquo;s trade announcement on Friday, China has said it will impose a similar 25% tariff, also worth $50bn.</p></em><br /><br /><p>"We&rsquo;re extremely disappointed with the Trump administration&rsquo;s decision to move forward with these harmful tariffs," said&nbsp;Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM) President Dennis Slater in a statement last Friday. "This move jeopardizes many of the 1.3 million good-paying manufacturing jobs our industry supports. The expected retaliatory actions by China&nbsp;also raise costs for equipment manufacturers that rely on a vast supply chain around the world, further eroding the benefits of the recent tax reform. We will continue to fight to end these tariffs immediately."</p> <p>The latest round of tariffs imposed by the Trump administration on a variety of goods imported from&nbsp;China comes on the heels of <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">steel and aluminum tariffs</a> that went into effect on March 23, 2018.&nbsp;</p> <p>Need an explainer on how the 25% steel tariff could affect the construction cost of your architectural project? Nick Butcher, Cost/Risk Group Managing Director at&nbsp;MGAC,&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">put it into context</a> for us.</p>... South Korean construction companies expect big business in the north Alexander Walter 2018-06-15T16:07:00-04:00 >2018-06-16T20:18:03-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>In the wake of the Singapore summit between Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un, South Korean builders are planning for a flood of infrastructure projects in the northern half of the peninsula. The Construction Association of Korea plans to hold a forum for construction companies, research institutes and public entities on 25 June to discuss possible projects and funding arrangements.</p></em><br /><br /><p>While <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Koreans</a> on both sides of the Military Demarcation Line appear increasingly hopeful in the wake of recent friendly diplomatic exchanges, it's the deep-pocketed <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">South Korean</a> industrial conglomerates that have started to map out the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">north</a>'s opportunities for&nbsp;development. Shares in&nbsp;Hyundai Asan,&nbsp;Daewoo Engineering &amp; Construction, Samsung C&amp;T, and retail giant Lotte are trending up.</p> Calatrava-designed Dubai Creek Tower completes massive concrete pile cap Alexander Walter 2018-06-04T15:11:00-04:00 >2018-06-04T18:06:20-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>Concrete placement work for Dubai Creek Tower's pile cap has been completed two months ahead of schedule.&nbsp; A 20m-thick, multi-layered pile cap has been developed for the $1bn (AED3.67bn) Dubai Creek Tower, which is part of the 6km2 Dubai Creek Harbour master development.&nbsp; The pile&nbsp;covers and transfers the load to the foundation barrettes.</p></em><br /><br /><figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Image: Emaar Properties.</figcaption></figure><p>Up to 16,000 tons of steel reinforcement, reportedly twice the weight of the Eiffel Tower, have been buried in the sandy Dubai ground to support (what has been promised to become) the world's tallest tower at a yet to be disclosed height: the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Dubai Creek Tower</a> designed by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Santiago Calatrava</a>.<br></p> US sanctions against Iran could negatively impact EU engineering and construction firms Hope Daley 2018-05-10T20:24:00-04:00 >2018-05-11T08:06:23-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>Much is at stake for US and European companies enjoying revived trade with Iran following US President Donald Trump&rsquo;s decision this week to pull out of the Iran nuclear deal and impose fresh sanctions. Hardest hit will be oil and gas firms, plane makers like Airbus and Boeing, and car makers. But European engineering and construction firms, recruited in the last two years to help Iran develop its transport infrastructure, could lose out as well.</p></em><br /><br /><p>US President Donald Trump&rsquo;s decision to pull out of the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Iran</a> nuclear deal and impose new <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">sanctions</a> will drastically impact European engineering and construction firms and could restrict the availability of international finance for big schemes.</p> <p>After the nuclear deal was signed, Iran launched immense <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">transit</a> programs spending around $25 billion. Vinci and Ferrovie dello Stato have signed deals in Iran&rsquo;s expanding rail and aviation sectors.</p> California is now the first state to require solar panels on new homes Alexander Walter 2018-05-10T14:12:00-04:00 >2018-05-16T18:46:03-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>California just sent the clearest signal yet that rooftop power is moving beyond a niche market and becoming the norm. On Wednesday, the Golden State became the first in the U.S. to require solar panels on almost all new homes. Most new units built after Jan. 1, 2020, will be required to include solar systems [...]. While that&rsquo;s a boost for the solar industry, critics warned that it will also drive up the cost of buying a house by almost $10,000.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Rooftop <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">solar panels</a> are finally becoming an integral part of most new California homes beginning in 2020, however skeptics say that the move will further worsen the state's&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">housing crisis</a>.</p> A new ceiling for Philip Johnson's iconic The Glass House Nam Henderson 2018-04-30T15:07:00-04:00 >2018-05-03T10:00:12-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>The scope of the project included the replacement of the entire plaster ceiling, metal lath, and fasteners. The ceiling replacement began on December 1, 2017 and took approximately three months to complete. The project team included EverGreene Architectural Arts, Silman Structural Engineers, Glass House staff and Ashley Wilson AIA, ASID, Graham Gund Architect of the National Trust for Historic Preservation.</p></em><br /><br /><p>To see the new ceiling in person, make plans to visit this summer as The Glass House re-opens May 2018.</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Ceiling replacement complete. Photo by Michael Biondo</figcaption></figure> New Miami Frost Science Museum faces lawsuit from contractor Skanska over unpaid bills Alexander Walter 2018-04-25T16:14:00-04:00 >2018-04-27T00:14:34-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>The Frost Science Museum has been open for nearly a year, and it&rsquo;s already been visited by almost 1 million people. But it&rsquo;s not finished, and the nonprofit and the general contractor are fighting over who should pay to complete the work. The museum faces a lawsuit from its main contractor claiming the nonprofit unfairly held back payments and left construction work undone as budget strains forced it to cut costs in the final months of building the mostly tax-funded $300 million project [...].</p></em><br /><br /><p>"Frost is already in litigation with its original contractor, Suffolk Construction, which the museum fired in 2014, two years after starting one of the most complicated construction projects in the Southeast," the <em>Miami Herald</em> reports.<br></p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Grimshaw Architects</a> designed the ambitious museum complex in downtown Miami after winning the architectural competition in 2007.</p> London man jailed for forcing 15 construction workers into slavery Alexander Walter 2018-04-24T14:13:00-04:00 >2018-04-24T14:13:06-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>A Romanian man who used threats of violence and indebtedness to keep a group of his countrymen as slaves while he pocketed their wages from a London construction site has been sentenced to seven years in jail.</p></em><br /><br /><p>David Lupu, a 29-year-old Romanian, was found guilty of holding 15 of his countrymen in&nbsp;slavery or servitude in two small one-bedroom apartments in East London and sentenced to seven years in jail.&nbsp;</p> <p>Lupu had lured the men to work as demolition workers in the UK, falsely promising a wage of &pound;50 a day for work and a good standard of living accommodation, however took away the victims' ID cards upon arrival and threatened that they had to pay hundreds of pounds for permits and certificates to work in the UK. When Lupu failed to pay them after one month of work, they confronted him, and, according to the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">London Metropolitan Police report</a>, "his response was to threaten to beat them to death."</p> <p>Two victims managed to escape when Lupu traveled to Romania and reported him to the police.</p> Judge faults crane operator and DOB inspectors in deadly 2016 Tribeca crane collapse Mackenzie Goldberg 2018-04-16T13:28:00-04:00 >2018-04-16T13:28:24-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>In 2016, a <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Manhattan crane collapse</a> in Tribeca killed one person, seriously injured two others and left another with minor injuries.&nbsp;Workers were trying to secure the crane against winds by lowering the boom when the crane collapsed to the ground. The accident was caused by a series of operator errors including a failure to properly secure the crane overnight and lowering it at the wrong angle.</p> <p>Last week, New York judge <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Ingrid Addison issued a 68-page decision</a> that faults operator Kevin Reilly for the collapse and approves the yanking of his license. Addison also faulted the Department of Building for signing off on inadequate plans and ripped the department for arguing that they are "not responsible for ensuring plans are safe for New Yorkers."</p> The Steel Tariff and Construction Cost: Putting It Into Context Nick Butcher 2018-04-06T19:28:00-04:00 >2018-06-04T09:10:57-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>On March 8, 2018, President Trump signed an order to place a 25% and 10% tariff on steel and aluminum imports, respectively, effective March 23, 2018. The new tariff&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">granted a temporary exemption</a>&nbsp;to certain countries including Canada, Mexico, Argentina, Australia, Brazil, South Korea, and the European Union until May 1, 2018, as discussions continue.</p> <p>Now that the steel tariffs are in place, the question everyone is asking is&nbsp;<em>&ldquo;What does this mean to the cost of my construction project?&rdquo;&nbsp;</em>&nbsp;While this is a straightforward question, the answer may not be as simple.</p> <p><strong>US Steel Import Volume</strong></p> <p>The United States is the world&rsquo;s largest importer of steel, importing approximately 35 million metric tons in 2017, which accounted for 33% of the total steel used in the country.</p> <figure><img src=""><figcaption>Nearly 60% of steel imported into the US originates from only 5 countries</figcaption></figure><p>Nearly 60% of this total imported volume originates from five countries, including Canada and Mexico which alone accounted for 25% of the total imported v...</p> Construction of David Adjaye's NYC skyscraper kicks into next gear Alexander Walter 2018-04-05T13:54:00-04:00 >2018-04-05T14:00:08-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>Last December, plans were unfurled for 130 William, a reverential new skyscraper to jostle amongst the spired giants of lower Manhattan. [...] we can note that the project has achieved two small construction milestones in its journey against the sky: crews have reached street level and standing upright is a red kangaroo crane that will bring the rectangular tower to its full 66-floor, nearly 800-foot-tall summit.</p></em><br /><br /><figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Rendering courtesy of Lightstone.</figcaption></figure><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Fully revealed</a> only a few weeks ago, the Lightstone-developed, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Adjaye Associates</a>-designed 800-foot luxury condo tower is already making construction progress with its crane fully installed and prepared to stack 66 floors wrapped in a hand-cast concrete facade with bronze detailing towards the Manhattan sky.</p> Why building a neighborhood library can take so long to complete Justine Testado 2018-03-30T15:04:00-04:00 >2018-04-02T12:35:06-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>Today&rsquo;s libraries have also evolved into complex institutions compressed into small spaces, making their design needs equally intricate. ... In the end, the problem of how to build good public architecture briskly and frugally has little to do with design and everything to do with bureaucracy. Virtually no one feels the urgency or has the clout to reform a sclerotic system.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Investigators confirm that Miami bridge collapsed during post-tensioning Alexander Walter 2018-03-23T14:32:00-04:00 >2018-03-26T01:31:03-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>The&nbsp;National Transportation Safety Board reports that its investigators remain at the scene of the deadly <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Miami pedestrian bridge collapse</a> that <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">occurred last week</a> on the Florida International University campus.&nbsp;</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>NTSB investigators and contractors remove and catalog core samples from the pedestrian bridge deck. Photo courtesy of NTSB.</figcaption></figure><p>The latest statement issued by the agency lists 'significant developments' in the investigation and describes what happened right before the bridge collapsed: "The investigative team has confirmed that workers were adjusting tension on the two tensioning rods located in the diagonal member at the north end of the span when the bridge collapsed. They had done this same work earlier at the south end, moved to the north side, and had adjusted one rod. They were working on the second rod when the span failed and collapsed.&nbsp; The roadway was not closed while this work was being performed."<br></p> <p>Read the full statement <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here</a>.</p> Collapsed Miami bridge was built using Accelerated Bridge Construction Hope Daley 2018-03-19T14:52:00-04:00 >2018-03-23T17:10:50-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>The pedestrian bridge that collapsed at Florida International University in Miami on Thursday was built using Accelerated Bridge Construction (ABC) technology, according to a statement from the university. Unlike traditional methods of construction, ABC streamlines the building process so that bridge projects can be completed quicker and more cost effectively.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">FIU bridge which collapsed last week</a> was <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">engineered</a> using Accelerated Bridge Construction (ABC), a method used by many companies for its time and cost efficiency.&nbsp;Weighing 950 tons, the bridge was meant to connect FIU's campus to an adjoining neighborhood where many students live.&nbsp;</p> <p>Of the many types of ABC technology, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Prefabricated</a> Bridge Elements and Systems (PBES) appears to be the method used in construction of the FIU bridge. This method allows prefabrication of elements off-site which are then transported and quickly assembled on site.&nbsp;<br></p> <p>A <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">fact sheet on FIU's website</a> relates the bridge cost $14.2 million to build and was funded by a $19.4 million grant from the US Department of Transportation. It was also apparently supposed to withstand a Category 5 hurricane and last more than 100 years. The bridge was designed by FIGG Bridge Engineers in Tallahassee and built by MCM in Miami.</p> Lucas Museum of Narrative Art breaks ground in Los Angeles Alexander Walter 2018-03-14T15:37:00-04:00 >2018-03-15T14:03:51-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>After several years of planning and proposals in different cities, the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art, funded by the &ldquo;Star Wars&rdquo; filmmaker George Lucas, is breaking ground today on a new building here that its leaders predict will take about four years to complete. Designed by Ma Yansong of MAD Architects, the museum will occupy a corner of Exposition Park, an urban hub near the University of Southern California that already contains three museums [...].</p></em><br /><br /><figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Image courtesy of Lucas Museum of Narrative Art.</figcaption></figure><p>After protective fencing went up <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">last month</a> at its <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Exposition Park</a> site in South Los Angeles, the $1-billion&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Lucas Museum of Narrative Art</a>, designed by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">MAD Architects</a>, finally broke ground today.<br></p> While Trump confirms steel & aluminum tariffs, new report predicts loss of 28,000 construction jobs Alexander Walter 2018-03-08T19:48:00-05:00 >2018-03-08T19:51:40-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>The US construction industry may lose more than 28,000 jobs if Donald Trump&rsquo;s plan to raise tariffs on imported steel and aluminium goes ahead, a pro-free trade think tank has warned. [...] While Trump claims tariffs would create jobs in America&rsquo;s steel and aluminium sectors, a Washington, DC, thinktank, Trade Partnership, warned that such a policy would &ldquo;reverberate throughout&rdquo; the economy, costing more jobs than it would gain as it pushed up the cost of the metals.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Unswayed by warnings from top economists, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">industry groups</a>, and members of his own party, Donald Trump today signed two tariff proclamations at the White House that will erect&nbsp;25% and 10% tariffs on <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">steel</a> and <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">aluminum</a> imports respectively.&nbsp;</p> <p>While the administration claims that the import tariffs will protect the domestic iron and steel sectors and create thousands of jobs, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">a new report</a>&nbsp;calculates that this move would actually destroy 179,334 jobs in other sectors&mdash;including 28,313&nbsp;in construction&mdash;resulting in a net job loss of&nbsp;nearly 146,000 (not taking into account any potential trade retaliation against U.S. exports; only of the tariffs themselves). "More than five jobs would be lost for every one gained," the report estimates.</p> AIA leadership contend steel & aluminum tariffs will negatively impact architecture industry Hope Daley 2018-03-06T14:03:00-05:00 >2018-03-06T20:59:55-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>The&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">American Institute of Architects (AIA)</a> President Carl Elefante, FAIA, and EVP/Chief Executive Officer Robert Ivy, FAIA, released the following statement today in response to the Administration&rsquo;s plan to impose tariffs on steel and aluminum imports.<br></p> <p>"The Administration&rsquo;s announcement of new tariffs on steel and aluminum imports threatens to drastically increase the prices of many <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">building materials</a> specified by architects. These metal products are some of the largest material inputs in the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">construction</a> of buildings. Structural metal beams, window frames, mechanical systems and exterior cladding are largely derived from these important metals.</p> <p>&ldquo;As creative problem solvers, architects rely on a variety of these materials to achieve functional and performance goals for their clients. Inflating the cost of materials will limit the range of options they can use while adhering to budgetary constraints for a building.</p> <p>&ldquo;By the same token, the Administration&rsquo;s proposed infrastructure fund...</p> Fifteen Hudson Yards designed by DS+R and Rockwell Group tops out with initial opening next spring Hope Daley 2018-02-27T16:21:00-05:00 >2018-03-01T12:41:25-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>Fifteen Hudson Yards, designed by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Diller Scofidio + Renfro</a> in collaboration with&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Rockwell Group</a>, has now <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">topped out</a> and stands over 900 feet tall.&nbsp;This is the first tower within the&nbsp;28-acre <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">NYC</a> site with for-sale residencies. Sales for the 285 condominiums have now surpassed 50%, with the remaining spaces priced from&nbsp;$3.9&nbsp;million for a two-bedroom to $32&nbsp;million for&nbsp;duplex penthouse.</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Fifteen Hudson Yards topping out. Image: Related Cos. and Oxford Properties Group.</figcaption></figure><p>Hudson Yards is a new neighborhood on <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Manhattan</a>'s West Side, which will include&nbsp;more than 100&nbsp;shops and restaurants, approximately 4,000 residences, 14-acres of&nbsp;public open space, and a new 750-seat public&nbsp;school.&nbsp;<br></p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Construction progress at Hudson Yards, NYC. Image: Related Cos. and Oxford Properties Group.</figcaption></figure><p>Developers Related Cos.&nbsp;and&nbsp;Oxford Properties Group plan to open the entire first phase next March, which includes&nbsp;the Public Square and Gardens, its centerpiece the Vessel,&nbsp;and The Shops &amp; Restaurants at Hudson Yards.&nbsp;<br></p> <p>W...</p> This AI-powered & LiDAR-equipped robot could soon help detect construction errors early Alexander Walter 2018-02-23T15:39:00-05:00 >2018-02-26T16:46:49-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>Using lidar-equipped robots, Doxel scans construction sites every day to monitor how things are progressing, tracking what gets installed and whether it&rsquo;s the right thing at the right time in the right place. You&rsquo;d think that construction sites would be doing this by themselves anyway, but it turns out that they really don&rsquo;t, and in a recent pilot study on a medical office building, Doxel says it managed to increase labor productivity on the project by a staggering 38 percent.</p></em><br /><br /><p>"You could send in some humans with lidar backpacks, but that would be more&nbsp;expensive,"<em> IEEE Spectrum</em> explains. "The company is also using drones in a limited capacity right now, since they require human supervision, but it&rsquo;s easy to imagine how much more efficient this process could get as robotic autonomy improves."</p> MAD's Lucas Museum of Narrative Art prepares to break ground in Los Angeles Alexander Walter 2018-02-12T15:11:00-05:00 >2018-02-12T15:12:41-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>One year after Los Angeles unexpectedly won the right to host the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art, the spaceship-like project is now ready to push dirt in Exposition Park. Protective fencing now encircles the site of filmmaker George Lucas' $1-billion legacy project, which replaces two parking lots at the intersection of 39th Street and Vermont Avenue. The eventual four-story, 115-foot-tall building will feature[...] Lucas' 10,000-piece collection, a library, two theaters, classrooms, and offices.</p></em><br /><br /><figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Image courtesy of Lucas Museum of Narrative Art.</figcaption></figure><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Exposition Park</a> in South Los Angeles has already a number of high-profile construction projects going on (new MLS soccer stadium and Coliseum makeover to host the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">2028 Summer Olympics</a>) or <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">on the books</a>, and the $1-billion&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Lucas Museum of Narrative Art</a>, designed by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Ma Yansong</a>'s <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">MAD Architects</a>, appears to be breaking ground soon as well.</p> Jeddah Tower construction reaches 63rd floor Alexander Walter 2018-02-08T15:05:00-05:00 >2018-02-09T15:24:29-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>Construction of the world's tallest skyscraper in Jeddah is going ahead, the head of the consortium behind the $1.5 billion project said, despite the detention of some businessmen backing the plan in Saudi Arabia's crackdown on corruption. [...] Construction has reached the 63rd floor and the superstructure - the concrete shell and the cladding - is to be completed next year, Jomah said, adding that delays in some areas were inevitable because of technical challenges.</p></em><br /><br /><figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p></figure><p>Progress on the soon-to-be tallest structure on earth has been troubled for a while, with the main contractor (and partial owner)&nbsp;Saudi Binladin Group going through a financial rough patch and, more recently, several project officials and royal family members being targeted by the country's anti-corruption crackdown.&nbsp;</p> <p>Despite the challenges, work is going ahead on the&nbsp;1,000 m/3,281 ft <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Jeddah Tower</a> (formerly Kingdom Tower) designed by Chicago-based&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture</a>, and construction recently reached the 63rd floor.&nbsp;</p> Austin in favor of boycotting companies involved in Trump's border wall Alexander Walter 2018-02-05T12:35:00-05:00 >2018-02-05T12:40:47-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>In a 10-1 vote, the Austin City Council took the first step toward a boycott of any company that designs, builds or finances President Donald Trump&rsquo;s $25 billion proposed border wall between Texas and Mexico. [...] Four companies already have been tapped to design and build wall prototypes, including Texas-based Sterling Construction Company, Inc.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The Texas state capital is <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">just the latest</a> of several local and state governments having either passed or proposed legislation that would ban <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">companies</a> involved in designing, building, or financing <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Donald Trump</a>'s proposed <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">border wall</a> with Mexico from being considered for other public contracts.&nbsp;</p> Calatrava's new Dallas bridge further troubled due to cable flaws Alexander Walter 2018-02-02T13:28:00-05:00 >2018-02-04T10:19:08-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>The Margaret McDermott Bridge was supposed to be open to pedestrians and bicyclists by now, but the arches over the Trinity River remain closed partially over concerns about broken cables. The issue centers around problems with the cables -- and their resistance to heavy winds -- that connect the arch to the base of the Dallas bridge, which was designed by famed architect Santiago Calatrava and his firm.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The&nbsp;$113-million (partially)&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Calatrava</a>-designed <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Margaret McDermott Bridge</a> carrying Interstate 30 is part of <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Dallas</a>' ambitious <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Trinity River Project</a>.&nbsp;</p> <p>"City officials are hoping to open the bridge to pedestrians and cyclists in March," <em>Dallas News </em>writes. Meanwhile the finger-pointing between TxDOT, city officials, and the architect is in full swing.</p> AIA Consensus Construction Forecast predicts accelerated growth through 2019 Alexander Walter 2018-01-29T14:28:00-05:00 >2018-01-29T14:29:08-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>Construction spending for nonresidential buildings is projected to increase 4 percent this year and continue at that pace of growth through 2019. While the commercial construction sectors will generate much of the expected gains this year, by 2019 the industrial and institutional sectors will dominate the projected construction growth. [...] However, in the face of a supportive economy, construction spending on nonresidential buildings disappointed last year.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The American Institute of Architects has published its latest <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Consensus Construction Forecast</a>, and it's looking quite rosy. Despite labor shortages and rising material costs that continue to have an impact on the construction industry, the report &mdash; supported by the last few editions of the Institute's monthly <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Architecture Billings Index</a> &mdash;&nbsp;projects a 4% increase for nonresidential buildings this year and a continuation of this pace through 2019.&nbsp;</p> <p>Analyzing this economic optimism, the AIA points out five key factors:</p> <ol><li>Rebuilding and repairs from natural disasters</li><li>Tax reform implications for construction</li><li>Possibility of an infrastructure package</li><li>Strong consumer and business confidence levels</li><li>Leading economic indicators for the construction sector</li></ol><p>For the full report and an interactive version of the infographic above, head over to <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"></a>.<br></p> <p>Can these positive projections be felt in your firm or region as well? Let us know in the comment section below.</p> Collapse of UK's second largest construction firm, Carillion Hope Daley 2018-01-16T15:22:00-05:00 >2018-01-16T15:22:24-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>A major British construction company is going into liquidation after failing to secure a financial lifeline. Carillion (CIOIF), which employs 43,000 people around the world, said in a statement Monday that rescue talks with stakeholders including the British government had collapsed. "We have been unable to secure the funding to support our business plan, and it is therefore with the deepest regret that we have arrived at this decision," Carillion Chairman Philip Green said in the statement.</p></em><br /><br /><p>With thousands of workers in the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">UK</a> and <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Canada</a>, the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">construction</a> company also builds high speed rail <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">infrastructure</a>, is involved in power distribution projects, and performs road maintenance, hospital management and other government services.&nbsp;</p> <p>Carillion has hundreds of contracts with the UK government. It was reported to BBC that the government was working on a contingency plan since last year in preparation of Carillion's <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">failure</a>.&nbsp;</p> <p>Fiona Cincotta, senior market analyst at City Index, commented, "It has been more than surprising, possibly even negligent, that the U.K. government continued to dish out contracts to Carillion even though their future has looked uncertain for some time."&nbsp;<br></p> Harvard's new Behnisch-designed Science and Engineering Complex tops out Alexander Walter 2018-01-02T11:59:00-05:00 >2018-01-02T15:23:01-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Harvard University</a> recently celebrated the topping out ceremony of its new John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences. Designed by&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Behnisch Architekten</a>'s Boston office, the 497,000-square-foot, six-story complex&nbsp;at Harvard&rsquo;s Allston campus will house teaching and research laboratories, classroom spaces, faculty and staff offices, and other amenity spaces.</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p></figure><p>From the architects: "Located across from Harvard Business School and adjacent to the emerging enterprise research campus, the building will be home to more than 900 undergraduates, more than 400 graduate students, over 450 researchers, and initially, as many as 80 faculty members. Additional teaching spaces, fabrication shops, core research facilities, and a loading dock will occupy two below-grade levels. All levels will be connected vertically by a central atrium space facing south toward the courtyard, which will deliver daylight to all floors and serve as the communicative heart of the complex."<br></p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p></figure><p>"Integrated sus...</p> Sketching with Steel & Light: Oyler Wu in Taipei Anthony Morey 2017-12-27T15:00:00-05:00 >2018-01-30T06:16:04-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>When it comes to large-scale residential buildings, a complex set of economic, urban, and regulatory systems sometimes seem to have left little room for architectural exploration.&nbsp; Architects often struggle to find a point of entry for inserting their creative perspective in a way that would rethink or progress the typology.&nbsp; The resulting buildings typically reflect the reality of the efficiency-driven market - maximized footprint, relentless repetition, and lowest common denominator design appeal.&nbsp;</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514" alt="Building in Context" title="Building in Context"></a></p><figcaption>Photo: Oyler Wu Collaborative</figcaption></figure><p>Yet, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Oyler Wu</a> collaborative has built a library of success on finding the smallest of details, the nuances of nuance, and developing them into refined, varied manifestoes of architecture and design.&nbsp;<br></p> <figure><figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514" alt="Building in Context" title="Building in Context"></a></p><figcaption>Photo: Oyler Wu Collaborative</figcaption></figure><p>When they were first approached by a prominent Taiwanese development company to work on the design of a brand new residential high rise, they expressed interest in finding an architectural approach that challenged these conventions. ...</p></figure> With more severe weather events on the horizon, it's time to elevate our homes Alexander Walter 2017-12-19T13:52:00-05:00 >2018-01-30T06:16:04-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>We can build homes to sit above flood waters so people can ride out the Harveys of the future, but it won&rsquo;t be easy or cheap. [...] More than a million people live in the 100- and 500-year flood zones across the Houston area, and hundreds of thousands more do in other U.S. cities, including Miami and New York. Harris County&rsquo;s move conforms with the advice of building engineers, climate experts, and the insurance industry.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Calatrava-designed Greek Orthodox church at World Trade Center site runs into funding issues, halts construction Alexander Walter 2017-12-18T15:33:00-05:00 >2017-12-18T15:35:30-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>Construction at the site of the St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox National Shrine at Ground Zero in New York City has been halted by the main construction company because the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America has defaulted on payments, according to a letter sent by the company to its subcontractors working at the site.</p></em><br /><br /><figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Image: Greek Orthodox Church in America</figcaption></figure><p>The&nbsp;Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America acknowledged the payment issues and responded in a <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">statement</a>: "In light of recent financial difficulties at the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America, and in order to make certain that all operations and funds are being correctly managed, this difficult yet necessary step has been taken. The Archdiocese is confidently hopeful that construction will recommence in the very near future and has been assured by Skanska &mdash;the construction company responsible for building the church&mdash; that they are looking forward to the rescinding of this temporary suspension to continue working together in cooperation with the Archdiocese for the completion of the building project."</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Image: Greek Orthodox Church in America</figcaption></figure> From the Ashes, Detroit continues to rise. Anthony Morey 2017-12-18T11:30:00-05:00 >2017-12-18T16:02:24-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>An 800-foot-tall centerpiece is coming to Detroit's resurgent downtown as the city continues to build momentum about three years after exiting the largest municipal bankruptcy in U.S. history.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Detroit continues its steep climb back to normalcy and growth. As one of America's hardest-hit areas by the Great Recession, Detroit unemployment was running nearly three times as high as the national average in 2009 at a staggering 28 percent &mdash; and the city was bleeding population, losing inhabitants every year for the last six years.&nbsp;</p> <p>Through all this, Detroit has powered back and hinted its potential as a location of a modern-day <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">renaissance</a> allowing for unhindered creativity and possibilities. Returning to Detroit's legacy of a booming urban center, altogether, the projected projects of downtown look to bring up to 24,000+&nbsp; jobs to the region with companies such as Microsoft and Ally Financial looking to make a move to Downtown Detroit.&nbsp;</p>