Archinect - News 2018-12-14T00:46:12-05:00 Zaha Hadid's Al Wakrah 2022 FIFA World Cup Stadium in Qatar nears completion Alexander Walter 2018-11-29T14:36:00-05:00 >2018-11-30T19:56:30-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>Work is progressing on the late <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Zaha Hadid</a>-designed <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Al Wakrah stadium</a> in Qatar, as documented in newly released footage by the organization tasked with the construction of all venues and the necessary infrastructure for the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">2022 FIFA World Cup</a>. <br></p> <p>The 40,000-seat stadium will be one of eight venues across the small Gulf nation to host games for the 32 participating teams from November 21 through December 18, 2022.<br></p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Rendered vision &amp; current construction progress. Image courtesy of Supreme Committee for Delivery &amp; Legacy.</figcaption></figure><p>Initially unveiled in 2013, the Al Wakrah Stadium project has attracted worldwide praise as much as <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">ridicule</a> for its <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">organic design</a> and also found itself at the center of allegations of workers and human rights abuses, as reported by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Amnesty International</a> and the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">International Trade Union Confederation</a>.<br></p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Image courtesy of Supreme Committee for Delivery &amp; Legacy.</figcaption></figure><figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Image courtesy of Supreme Committee for Delivery &amp; Legacy.</figcaption></figure><figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Image courtesy of Supreme Committee for Delivery &amp; Le...</figcaption></figure> Take a look at Frank Gehry’s shiny new Luma Arles tower Alexander Walter 2018-11-27T14:05:00-05:00 >2018-11-29T15:29:41-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>Its opening has been pushed back to 2020, but the LUMA Arles complex is taking shape in the French town celebrated for its prestigious Les Rencontres d&rsquo;Arles photography festival. Set on the site of the former SNCF rail yard long used for exhibitions by Les Rencontres, LUMA Arles will be an interdisciplinary arts centre aimed at supporting and producing exhibitions, research, education and archives. It is backed by Swiss collector Maja Hoffmann [...].</p></em><br /><br /><p>The <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Gehry</a>-designed aluminum-clad tower for the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Luma Arles art complex</a> in the south of France is slowly taking shape as new photos by&nbsp;Herv&eacute; H&ocirc;te show.</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>&copy; Herv&eacute; H&ocirc;te</figcaption></figure><figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>&copy; Herv&eacute; H&ocirc;te</figcaption></figure><figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>&copy; Herv&eacute; H&ocirc;te</figcaption></figure><figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>&copy; Herv&eacute; H&ocirc;te</figcaption></figure><p>The latest photos show a dramatic progress compared to construction photos from June 2017.</p> <a href=";utm_medium=loading" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"> View this post on Instagram </a> <a href=";utm_medium=loading" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">&Agrave; l'ombre de la tour LUMA...</a><br> A post shared by <a href=";utm_medium=loading" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"> Luma Arles</a> (@luma_arles) on Jun 20, 2017 at 12:44am PDT<br> Construction on OMA's Audrey Irmas Pavilion kicks off in Los Angeles Alexander Walter 2018-11-12T13:59:00-05:00 >2018-11-14T09:32:49-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>The oldest Jewish congregation in Los Angeles, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Wilshire Boulevard Temple</a>, broke ground on its anticipated $75 million <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">OMA</a>-designed expansion over the weekend. <br></p> <p>Named after the project's lead donor, the new Audrey Irmas Pavilion will rise right next to the Temple's historic sanctuary and will house spaces for multi-use cultural and religious purposes. <br></p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Image courtesy of OMA New York</figcaption></figure><p>The expansion effort is led by OMA partner <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Shohei Shigematsu</a> and Rem Koolhaas as Partner-in-collaboration. <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Gruen Associates</a> is the executive architect, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Studio-MLA</a> oversees the landscape architecture, and <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Arup</a> is the engineering partner on the project.</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>View from across Wilshire Boulevard. Image courtesy of OMA New York</figcaption></figure><p>&ldquo;Focusing on communicating the energy of gathering and exchange, the pavilion is an active gesture, shaped by respectful moves away from the surrounding historic buildings, reaching out onto Wilshire Boulevard to create a new presence," said Shohei Shigematsu. "We are thrilled to break ground ...</p> Work on Frank Gehry's The Grand towers to kick off this month Alexander Walter 2018-11-07T13:52:00-05:00 >2018-11-07T13:58:25-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>With a $630-million construction loan in hand, Related Cos. will begin site preparation this month for The Grand, a long-awaited Frank Gehry-designed tower complex in Downtown Los Angeles.&nbsp; The approximately $1-billion development, slated to replace a parking structure across the street from Walt Disney Concert Hall, was conceived more than a decade ago as a public-private partnership between Related and various city and county agencies.&nbsp;</p></em><br /><br /><figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Image: Gehry Partners/Related Cos.</figcaption></figure><p>About a decade delayed, the&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Frank Gehry</a>-designed The Grand development (formerly known as&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Grand Avenue Project</a>) will finally start coming to life&nbsp;atop Bunker Hill in Downtown Los Angeles. Pre-construction work is scheduled to commence this month on the plot that sits&nbsp;vis-&agrave;-vis Gehry's other neighborhood landmark, the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Walt Disney Concert Hall</a> completed in 2003.&nbsp;</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Image: Gehry Partners/Related Cos.</figcaption></figure><p>The $1 billion mixed-use project comprises two towers (one&nbsp;39-story&nbsp;residential high-rise and a&nbsp;20-story hotel), a central public plaza, a movie theater, restaurants as well as retail spaces. Completion is scheduled for late 2021.</p><figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Image: Gehry Partners/Related Cos.</figcaption></figure> San Francisco’s shiny new Salesforce Transit Center remains closed as it faces more problems Alexander Walter 2018-10-25T14:52:00-04:00 >2018-10-25T14:56:53-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>The San Francisco County Transportation Authority voted unanimously Tuesday to freeze $9.7 million in sales tax funding for the next phase of the Transbay Transit Center, as members called for an evaluation of the beleaguered project and the agency that runs it. The news came as Transbay officials again pushed back the date to complete testing of steel from two cracked beams that led to shutting down the building in September.</p></em><br /><br /><figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Facade detail. Image via Wikimedia Commons.</figcaption></figure><p>San Francisco&rsquo;s brand new <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Transbay Transit Center</a> (also know as Salesforce Transit Center) can't catch a break: after the long anticipated $2.2 billion transportation hub at Mission and Fremont Streets <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">had to close again</a>&nbsp;when cracks in several steel beams appeared shortly following its August grand opening, the&nbsp;San Francisco County Transportation Authority now also voted to put public funding on hold and investigate where things went wrong.</p> <p>Metal probes extracted from the steel beams are currently being lab-tested, and the reopening date hinges on these results but isn't expected before mid-November, the&nbsp;<em>San Francisco Chronicle</em> reports.</p> New York Building Congress estimates strong construction activity in nonresidential sectors Mackenzie Goldberg 2018-10-22T15:03:00-04:00 >2018-10-23T18:49:31-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>A <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">new report</a> looking at <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">New York City</a>'s estimated construction for 2018-2020 predicts strong growth across all sectors of development. According to its forecasts, "New York City is in the midst of its second and most robust building boom of the 21st century," the report says.&nbsp;</p> <p>Put out by the New York Building Congress, the report anticipates that construction activity will reach a record-setting $61.8 billion by the end of 2018, a 25% increase from 2017. This level of spending will remain consistent with $59.3 billion in construction spending projected for 2019, followed by $56.4 billion in 2020.</p> <p>The largest increases in activity are expected for non-residential sectors. Construction spending in office, institutional, government, sports and entertainment, and hotel categories will see the biggest increase in activity, with spending anticipated to hit $39 billion by the end of 2018, a roughly 66% increase from 2017.&nbsp;</p> <p>While public works and government infrastructure is projected to re...</p> U.S. construction wages & employment make solid gains; employers struggle to find skilled workers Alexander Walter 2018-10-18T13:50:00-04:00 >2018-10-18T13:50:38-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>American construction workers&rsquo; average wage has risen above $30 per hour for the first time, and the numbers employed have hit nearly 7.3 million, a level not seen since before the financial crisis, official statistics show. [...] &ldquo;However, the pool of unemployed workers with construction experience has nearly evaporated, pushing up contractors&rsquo; costs and adding to project completion times.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><p>While positive&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">economic indicators</a> have had the U.S. construction sector thriving for a prolonged period now, AEC employers are increasingly feeling the pinch when it comes to finding qualified workers. "The tightening labour market poses a problem for companies looking to expand their headcount," reports Global Construction Review. "In a recent AGC&ndash;Autodesk Workforce survey, 76% of respondents said their firms planned to hire more craft workers in the next year. However, 80% said they were having trouble filling hourly positions, and that the difficulty has risen in the past year."</p> <p>Looking for a new job in architecture or hoping to fill a vacant position in your company? Check out the latest listings on <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Archinect's job board</a> or take a look at our recent&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Curated Job Picks</a> and <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Employers of the Day</a>.</p> knowhow shop design offers a new approach to office construction Katherine Guimapang 2018-10-15T15:24:00-04:00 >2018-10-15T19:51:25-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>In the Highland Park neighborhood of Los Angeles, architects Kagan Taylor and Justin Rice of knowhow shop have designed and built a new office for their design studio in their backyard. Named &lsquo;Lighthouse&rsquo;, the project is a micro-building that is a place for work and also a physical example of the studio&rsquo;s thinking and practice</p></em><br /><br /><p>Diverting from traditional construction processes, the founders of <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">knowhow shop</a>, focus on the possibility of constructing an&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">office</a> testing their skills as craftsmen while challenging their understanding of spatial perception.&nbsp;</p> <figure><figure><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a><figcaption>Image &copy; Stephen Schauer</figcaption></figure></figure><p>The office's unique shape and construction materials were custom designed by the founders themselves. A project, whose intricacies add to the stylistic beauty of the structure, "could not have been easily done by a contractor" claims the studio. Each facet of the structure used&nbsp;mitered SIPs and shop <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">fabricated</a> materials to accomplish the craft like aesthetic. Its overall form exhibits clear use of aperture to allow for natural light to enter the space.&nbsp;</p> <figure><figure><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a><figcaption>Image &copy; Stephen Schauer</figcaption></figure></figure><p>Appropriately named <em>Lighthouse,&nbsp;</em>this custom micro-office reflects several elements of importance to the knowhow shop team. "<em>L</em><em>ighthouse is an office for our business, a showcase of our craft, and an example of the huge potential within rethinking the way we design a...</em></p> Africa's tallest skyscraper set to start construction in Morocco Alexander Walter 2018-10-15T13:57:00-04:00 >2018-10-18T09:40:12-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>Construction will start November 1 and the tower is expected be delivered on May 30, 2022, the Moroccan BMCE Bank of Africa announced [...] The Bank of Africa Tower will have 55 floors with a luxury hotel, offices, and apartments. An observatory will crown the tower. [...] The O Tower company has started developing the 250-meter tower which could be titled the tallest building in Morocco and in Africa.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Once structurally topped out, the 820-ft Bank of Africa Tower will not only be Morocco's tallest building but also take the crown from&nbsp;Carlton Centre in Johannesburg, at 732 feet currently the tallest tower in Africa.</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Image: BESIX</figcaption></figure><p>Designed by Spanish architects&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Rafael de la-Hoz Arquitectos</a>&nbsp;and Moroccan firm <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">CHB Cabinet Hakim Benjelloun</a>, the building aims for the highest international environmental standards to earn a&nbsp;certified LEED Gold and HQE rating.&nbsp;</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Image: BESIX</figcaption></figure><p>The developer just contracted Belgian construction firms BESIX and&nbsp;Travaux Generaux de Construction de Casablanca (TGCC) for the project. BESIX has completed buildings in Morocco before as well as in the Middle East, including the&nbsp;Burj Khalifa in Dubai (in collaboration with&nbsp;Samsung C&amp;T and&nbsp;Arabtec).</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Image: BESIX</figcaption></figure> Construction update: David Adjaye's NYC skyscraper gets its hand-cast concrete facade installed Alexander Walter 2018-10-12T15:07:00-04:00 >2018-10-15T12:16:03-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>David Adjaye&rsquo;s Financial District condo at 130 William Street has made significant progress since construction started earlier this year. New construction site photos by Field Condition are giving us the first peak at the distinctive hand-cast concrete facade. The photos also offer a peek at the bronze-accented frames of the windows&mdash;this bronze theme will continue in the apartments with Adjaye also designing many of the interior fixtures that will be done up in burnished bronze.</p></em><br /><br /><p><em>Curbed New York</em> has some fresh construction photos of the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">David Adjaye</a>-designed 800-foot, 66-story <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">130 William Street</a> condo tower where workers are currently installing the building's most striking feature, the hand-cast concrete facade with its&nbsp;bronze-trimmed window frames.&nbsp;</p> <p>Find the full set of photos over on the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Field Condition</a> website.</p> <a href=";utm_medium=loading" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"> View this post on Instagram </a> <p> <a href=";utm_medium=loading" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Featured today on facade panels are going up at David Adjaye&rsquo;s @130william residential condo tower in the Financial District. The panels are hand cast textured concrete with a smooth concrete border at the bronze window frames.</a></p> <p>A post shared by <a href=";utm_medium=loading" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"> Field Condition</a> (@field_condition) on Oct 11, 2018 at 9:43am PDT</p> Earth, water, wind & fire: making homes disaster-proof Alexander Walter 2018-10-10T14:25:00-04:00 >2018-11-29T13:46:03-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>Some of the world's most scenic locations for luxury homes &mdash; beachfronts, forests, mountains &mdash; are also prone to disaster: hurricanes and floods, wildfires and earthquakes. Architects and designers are increasingly tasked with creating gorgeous homes that are also able to stand up to nature's whims.</p></em><br /><br /><p>It shouldn't have to take another <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">reminder from the United Nations</a> that <em>a lot</em> more climate change-related extreme weather scenarios will be heading our way in the coming decades to finally take disaster preparedness into consideration when designing homes.<br></p> Detroit's under-construction Hudson's Site skyscraper may get quite a bit taller than 800 feet Alexander Walter 2018-10-08T13:45:00-04:00 >2018-10-08T13:55:43-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>Billionaire mortgage mogul and real estate maven Dan Gilbert's skyscraper slated for downtown Detroit may grow by more than 100 feet to 912 feet tall, Crain's has learned. While the final height has not yet been determined, Joe Guziewicz, vice president of construction for Gilbert's Bedrock LLC, confirmed that it will be taller than the 800 feet that was previously announced as the company looks to get "the most flexibility for how we use it and how we program it."</p></em><br /><br /><p>Designed by&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Hamilton Anderson Associates</a>&nbsp;and <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">SHoP Architects</a>, the massive <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Hudson's Site</a> mixed-use development broke ground in 2017 and occupies the long-vacant site of the iconic J.L. Hudson's department store in downtown <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Detroit</a>&mdash;in its heydays, the world's tallest department store but ultimately demolished in 1998 after a long economic decline.</p><figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Image: SHoP Architects PC, courtesy of Bedrock.</figcaption></figure> San Francisco’s new $2.2 billion Salesforce Transit Center closed after 2nd steel beam cracks Alexander Walter 2018-09-27T17:48:00-04:00 >2018-09-28T15:25:17-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>San Francisco&rsquo;s new Transbay Transit Center will remain closed at least through the end of next week, officials said Wednesday, after yet another cracked beam was discovered during an overnight safety inspection. The $2.2 billion hub for buses and eventually trains, which opened just last month as the flashy centerpiece of city infrastructure, was closed abruptly Tuesday afternoon after a fissure was spotted in a beam that helps hold up the sprawling complex.</p></em><br /><br /><p>In a <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">statement</a> issued on September 26, Executive Director of the Transbay Joint Powers Authority,&nbsp;Mark Zabaneh,&nbsp;said: "We apologize for this inconvenience to the public and commuters. I would like to assure the public, this is a localized issue within the transit center and there is no impact to any adjacent properties. Additionally, our current analysis shows that this is contained within the Fremont Street area. The safety of everyone who visits the Salesforce Transit Center is our highest priority and we will work expeditiously to address and rectify this situation."<br></p> <p>Meanwhile, not far away from the Transit Center, another sizable, troubled San Francisco building struggles to stay structurally sound: the sinking <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Millennium Tower</a> risks getting yellow-tagged by the city if its newly appeared cracks aren't being addressed.</p> Construction update on L.A.'s new gigantic football stadium Alexander Walter 2018-09-25T17:36:00-04:00 >2018-09-26T18:40:13-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>Get a bird's eye view of the new Inglewood Stadium with this 360-degree image, courtesy of architectural photographer Hunter Kerhart. The stadium, which is the centerpiece of a $5-billion redevelopment of the former Hollywood Park racetrack, will feature 70,000 seats when it opens in 2020.&nbsp; The HKS Architects-designed facility is expected to serve as the home of the Super Bowl in 2022, and will also play a prominent role in the 2028 Summer Olympic Games.</p></em><br /><br /><p><em><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">urbanize.LA</a></em> recently published new drone's-eye-view construction photos of the impressive $5 billion Hollywood Park site&mdash;soon to be home of the shiny new Los Angeles Rams and Chargers NFL stadium (designed by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">HKS Architects</a>) and a sprawling mixed-use development with office buildings by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Gensler</a>&nbsp;(architect) and Studio-MLA (formerly <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Mia Lehrer + Associates</a>, landscape architect), shopping &amp; entertainment venues by&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">BCV Architecture + Interiors</a>&nbsp;(design architect),&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Architects Orange</a>&nbsp;(executive architect), and&nbsp;Studio-MLA (landscape architect) as well as residential buildings planned by&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Hart Howerton</a>&nbsp;(design architect) and <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">TCA Architects</a>&nbsp;(executive architect).</p> Contractors of collapsed Miami bridge fined for worker-safety violations Alexander Walter 2018-09-21T13:29:00-04:00 >2018-09-21T13:34:03-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>The contractors who designed and built the disastrous Florida International University bridge have been cited by federal authorities for several &ldquo;serious&rdquo; worker-safety violations and face tens of thousands of dollars in fines. [...] The FIU pedestrian bridge collapsed March 15 while it was still under construction over Southwest Eighth Street, killing five motorists below and a worker, Navaro Brown, who had been standing atop the span.</p></em><br /><br /><p>This round of OSHA citations is likely only the beginning of legal actions resulting from the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">deadly collapse</a> of the new Florida International University pedestrian bridge in March 2018. <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Investigations</a> of the&nbsp;National Transportation Safety Board are ongoing and, depending on its findings, could lead to a criminal case.</p> Nashville's booming construction sector also leads in workplace-related injuries, study shows Alexander Walter 2018-09-17T18:32:00-04:00 >2018-09-17T18:32:55-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>The culture of fear and intimidation on construction sites has led to basic safety precautions being overlooked. Nashville is currently the most dangerous city in the south for construction workers, according to a report released in May 2017 by the Partnership for Working Families, Workers Defense Project and the University of Illinois at Chicago professor Nik Theodore, titled Build a Better South: Construction Working Conditions in the US South.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The <em>Build a Better South: Construction Working Conditions in the US South</em> study examined construction industry labor conditions across six key cities in the southern United States: Atlanta, Charlotte, Dallas, Houston, Miami, and Nashville. <br></p> <p>"Among workers who had been injured during the past year, just 19% reported that workers&rsquo; compensation covered the medical bills for their injury," the study finds for Nashville which had the highest injury rate of all six surveyed southern cities. "An additional 38% said that their employer paid for at least part of the medical bills through some other mechanism, but 19% of injured workers paid for the medical bills out of their own pocket. The fact that fewer than one in five injured workers in Tennessee had their medical bills covered by workers&rsquo; compensation is troubling&nbsp;given the fact that all construction employers with one or more employees in the state are legally required to be covered by a workers&rsquo; compensation insurance policy."</p> <p>Find t...</p> US military 3D prints a concrete barracks prototype Hope Daley 2018-09-11T13:10:00-04:00 >2018-09-11T13:10:20-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>3D-printed construction seems a good fit for the military. The emerging technology is relatively portable and inexpensive, and could potentially even save lives if it means soldiers receive a safe barracks in a shorter time. With this in mind, the US Marine Corps Systems Command (MCSC) recently constructed a prototype concrete barracks in under two days with what it calls the world's largest 3D printer.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The US <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">military</a> 3D printed a basic barracks hut measuring 500 sq ft in just 40 hours at the&nbsp;US Army Engineer Research and Development Center in Champaign, Illinois. The&nbsp;MCSC reported this technology reduced construction time from what would typically take 10 Marines 5 days to build a similar structure from wood. The military is currently conducting further research on incorporating <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">3D printed architecture</a> in combat environments.&nbsp;</p> Is a decline in U.S. government spending hurting infrastructure? Hope Daley 2018-09-10T16:14:00-04:00 >2018-09-10T16:15:00-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>In the second quarter of this year, investment spending by the federal government dropped below 1.4 percent of gross domestic product for the first time since the 1940s, according to the latest data from the Bureau of Economic Analysis. OK, at 1.397 percent, it wasn&rsquo;t much below, and federal government investment as a share of GDP isn&rsquo;t exactly a closely watched economic indicator. But the decline through the decades is still pretty striking...</p></em><br /><br /><p>Justin Fox tracks the decline in <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">U.S. government</a> spending over the years, noting <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">infrastructure</a> investments have largely been replaced with spending on social insurance programs. With private investors taking the lead, Fox argues U.S. infrastructure suffers as there are many vital projects which private investors will never touch.</p> Tokyo Olympic Stadium: construction progress 'as planned' Alexander Walter 2018-09-10T14:01:00-04:00 >2018-09-10T14:23:29-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>But so far, things have remained &ldquo;on schedule,&rdquo; and the Olympic stadium is on pace to be completed by the end of next year. [...] Takeo Takahashi, the general manager of the stadium project, told the media that &ldquo;roughly four-tenths&rdquo; of the construction has been completed, but the situation is &ldquo;as planned.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><p>It's been deliberately quiet around the NEW New National Stadium in Tokyo after the original, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">winning design</a> by Zaha Hadid Architects was <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">publicly attacked</a>, and eventually <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">officially canceled</a> by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe himself, and a replacement Olympic Stadium scheme was hastily <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">selected</a> from a pool of <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">two established Japanese architects</a> and expedited to <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">break ground in December 2016</a>.&nbsp;</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Kengo Kuma's stadium design is currently under construction and scheduled for completion by November 2019.</figcaption></figure><p>But things appear to be going well now; the press was even invited by the&nbsp;Japan Sports Council this summer to tour the massive construction site and document the progress.&nbsp;<br></p> Thesis project develops drone architecture for adaptable public spaces Hope Daley 2018-09-07T14:49:00-04:00 >2018-09-07T15:42:46-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>A recent thesis project from three students explores <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">adaptable architecture</a> using <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">drones</a>&nbsp;and "smart" materials. The project,&nbsp;Cyber Physical Macro Material, uses lightweight carbon fiber building blocks with integrated sensing communication to create dynamic public spaces.&nbsp;</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Cyber Physical Macro Material thesis project by Miguel Aflalo, Behrooz Tahanzadeh, and Jingcheng Chen. Image: University of Stuttgart.</figcaption></figure><p>The user can program drones to reconfigure the canopy according to the sun's position, providing occupants with optimum shade thorughout the day. The architecture system can also actively rebuild itself to influence the occupants or retreat completely to nearby rooftops.&nbsp;<br></p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Cyber Physical Macro Material thesis project by Miguel Aflalo, Behrooz Tahanzadeh, and Jingcheng Chen. Image: University of Stuttgart.</figcaption></figure><p>The project was developed by students&nbsp;Miguel Aflalo, Behrooz Tahanzadeh, and Jingcheng Chen within&nbsp;the Integrative Technologies and Architectural Design Research (ITECH) Master Progr...</p> Major flaws in Elon Musk's public transit plans for Los Angeles Hope Daley 2018-08-31T15:23:00-04:00 >2018-09-01T14:53:11-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>Elon Musk, the CEO of Tesla and SpaceX, is back at it again with more outlandish ideas to solve Los Angeles' traffic. Earlier this month, Musk's latest venture&ndash;The Boring Company&ndash;resuscitated its flawed proposal to dig new car tunnels for Los Angeles, this time to connect the Red Line subway with Dodger Stadium [...] The Chicago tunnel idea is bad enough, but the Dodger Stadium plan is exceptionally poor even if one takes Musk's promises at face value.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Alon Levy pokes holes in Elon Musk's <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">public transit</a> plans for <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Los Angeles</a>. Musk's plan involves tunneling under Sunset Boulevard between the Dodger Stadium and one of three Red Line stops: Vermont/Sunset, Vermont/Santa Monica, or Vermont/Beverly. Levy cites major <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">issues</a> with construction, capacity, alignment with the city's existing transit, and overall&nbsp;regional impact.&nbsp;</p> Residents sue to stop Sutton 58 high rise construction in NYC Hope Daley 2018-08-29T15:05:00-04:00 >2018-08-29T15:05:38-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>Sutton Place residents filed a lawsuit Sunday in a last-ditch attempt to stop a luxury condo tower from rising on East 58th Street. The plaintiffs, a group called the East River Fifties Alliance, are residents from the surrounding neighborhood, including condo owners whose views would be blocked by a roughly 800-foot tower under construction at 430 E. 58th St.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Construction on NYC's Sutton 58 <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">condo</a> project was previously halted after Sutton Place residents secured a rezoning proposal. The <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">rezoning</a> mandated squatter buildings making Sutton 58 noncompliant. Since then a city zoning board granted the project&nbsp;a reprieve, resulting in the resident's <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">lawsuit</a> to stop construction.&nbsp;</p> Construction for new Statue of Liberty Museum progresses, opening date currently set for May 2019 Justine Testado 2018-08-28T18:43:00-04:00 >2018-08-29T11:16:03-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>Since topping off <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">last December</a>, the new Statue of Liberty Museum continues to shape up ahead of schedule and is currently expected to open in May 2019. Last month, the Statue of Liberty Museum-Ellis Island Foundation launched <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">a fundraising campaign</a> that would help the construction of the new 26,000 square-foot space reach completion.</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Rendering of the new Statue of Liberty Museum. Credit: FXCollaborative.</figcaption></figure><p>With <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">FXCollaborative</a> as architect and <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">ESI Design</a> in charge of exhibition design, the new museum will be accessible to more of the Statue of Liberty's estimated 4.3 million visitors annually. Below are a few recent construction photos that&nbsp;FXCollaborative shared with us:<br></p> <p></p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Photo: Diane Bondareff/AP Images for Statue of Liberty-Ellis Island Foundation.</figcaption></figure><p>The new museum will have a green roof, reflective glass exteriors,&nbsp;interiors and exteriors built with materials native to Liberty Island, as well as materials used to build the Statue of Liberty and Fort Wood, like Stony Creek granite, br...</p> Dubai aims for one-quarter of its buildings to be 3D printed by 2025 Hope Daley 2018-08-27T13:31:00-04:00 >2018-08-29T12:55:10-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>Now, Dubai has taken a step further along the road to making such dreams a reality by announcing that 25% of the city-state&rsquo;s new buildings will be made using 3D printers by 2025. The move is part of an ambitious 3D-printing strategy announced in 2016 by Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, vice-president and prime minister of the United Arab Emirates and the ruler of Dubai.</p></em><br /><br /><p>According to the&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Dubai Future Foundation</a> the city aims to reduce labor by 70% and cut overall costs by 90% with their <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">3D-printed construction</a>&nbsp;plan. The strategy not only aims at addressing the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">UN's projected density</a> for urban areas in the future, but also holds potential to solve Dubai's severe homelessness crisis.</p> Projected statistics on building for massive urban density in 2050 Hope Daley 2018-08-27T13:28:00-04:00 >2018-08-27T13:28:22-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>If you live or work in a city, then&nbsp;you probably&nbsp;see&nbsp;the impact of growing urbanization every day&mdash;gridlock traffic, construction cranes peppering the skyline, soaring housing costs. Sure, these are major challenges and annoyances for city dwellers, but they also represent a huge opportunity for the global architecture, engineering, and construction industry: one that requires building the future for a 10-billion-person planet.</p></em><br /><br /><p>According to the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs, 68% of the world population are projected to live in urban areas by 2050. Autodesk explores the implications for architectural growth in this timeframe with market research firm Statista. <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Take a look</a> at the projected <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">statistics</a> on building for this massive upcoming <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">urban density</a>.&nbsp;</p> <figure><figure><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></figure></figure> The housing crisis isn't sparing smaller cities in Middle America Alexander Walter 2018-08-08T18:31:00-04:00 >2018-08-08T18:31:50-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>Ten years after the housing collapse during the Great Recession, a new and different housing crisis has emerged. Back then, people were losing their homes as home values crashed and homeowners went underwater. Today, home values have rebounded, but people who want to buy a new home are often priced out of the market. There are too few homes and too many potential buyers.</p></em><br /><br /><p><em>NPR</em> takes a closer look at the impact of the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">housing affordability crisis</a> in midsized, fast-growing cities, like&nbsp;Des Moines, IA, Durham, NC, and Boise, ID&mdash;far away from the usual, well documented housing hot spots of the big coastal cities.</p> California wildfires: shortage of construction workers complicates rebuilding efforts Alexander Walter 2018-08-07T15:31:00-04:00 >2018-08-07T17:32:57-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>Hundreds of families displaced by Northern California&rsquo;s fires could face another challenge to rebuilding their homes &mdash; a persistent shortage of construction workers. California lost nearly 20 percent of its construction work force&nbsp;between 2005 and 2016 [...]. And more than 40 percent of construction job postings in the state remain unfilled for at least six weeks, according to the study, the third longest wait in the nation.</p></em><br /><br /><p>California's <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">housing crisis</a> will only get exacerbated as several devastating <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">wildfires</a> are ripping through entire regions of the Golden State while construction firms are struggling to hire enough workers to rebuild communities. According to Cal Fire, more than a thousand homes have already been lost in the Carr fire as well as the ongoing Mendocino Complex fire&mdash;now the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">largest</a> in modern state history.&nbsp;</p> <p>All this new bad new adds to the nearly 9,000 structures that burned down&nbsp;last fall when a series of Wine Country fires ripped through Northern California.</p> Researchers develop method to 3D-print inexpensive houses from peat Alexander Walter 2018-07-25T15:07:00-04:00 >2018-07-31T07:01:35-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>Cut peat blocks were already being used for building houses thousands of years ago. Now, scientists at the University of Tartu have developed a material which could make it possible to print energy-efficient houses out of milled peat and oil shale ash using a 3D printer.</p></em><br /><br /><p>"As peat and oil shale ash are not very expensive, house builders would be especially happy about the price of the material. According to Liiv, scientists calculated that the cost for the construction of a house shell printed from this material with a floor surface of 100&ndash;150 square meters could be about &euro;5,000 (compared to the construction of the shell of a framed building of equivalent size, which would cost about ten times more). Thus, peat material could be used to build a very cheap house with an energy class A."</p> <p>H/T <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Global Construction Review</a></p> 9 Construction Management Employment Opportunities on Archinect Jobs Hope Daley 2018-07-18T11:54:00-04:00 >2018-07-20T21:31:04-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p><strong></strong>Are you particularly adept at managing construction projects? If you have several years of construction experience under your belt and are looking for a leadership position, construction management may be the ideal fit for you. From navigating the complexities of site details to working with contractors, construction managers are crucial to pushing a project through to its final state of completion. This week we have gathered up some of the top <a href=";q_radius=0&amp;region_id=&amp;location=&amp;submit=Search" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">construction management</a> opportunities currently active on <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Archinect Jobs</a>.</p> <p>Take a look below at our lineup of openings, and be on the lookout next week for our roundup of business and marketing management jobs!</p> <p><strong>Walker Workshop </strong>is currently hiring a <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Construction Manager</a> in their Los Angeles office.</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Oak Pass Main House by Walker Workshop, located in Beverly Hills, CA. Image: Joe Fletcher. </figcaption></figure><p><strong></strong>The firm is seeking an individual to manage construction and be responsible for all aspects of a project. The ideal applicant will have at least 6 years of exp...</p> First crane goes up at Lucas Museum of Narrative Art construction site Alexander Walter 2018-07-16T13:16:00-04:00 >2018-07-16T20:38:59-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>Four months ago, ground was broken for the $1-billion Lucas Museum of Narrative Art in Exposition Park.&nbsp; Construction has now gone vertical, with a tower crane soaring above Vermont Avenue. The 300,000-square-foot facility, which is being built as a legacy project by Star Wars creator George Lucas, replaces two former parking lots with a four-story, 115,000-square-foot structure that will serve as the permanent home for the filmmaker's 10,000-piece collection.&nbsp;</p></em><br /><br /><p>&nbsp;</p>