Archinect - News 2018-09-21T10:02:49-04:00 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> How mushroom architecture is being used to address Cleveland's housing crisis​ Justine Testado 2018-07-09T17:53:00-04:00 >2018-07-09T17:53:07-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>Inspired by the work of inventor Philip Ross and his company MycoWorks, Maurer argues that one of the keys to addressing Cleveland&rsquo;s housing crisis lies in an unlikely source: mushrooms. Specifically, in using mycelium &ndash; the vegetative part of a fungus &ndash; and Cleveland&rsquo;s other &ldquo;natural&rdquo; resource, construction waste, in a process called &ldquo;biocycling&rdquo;, which essentially recycles old buildings into new ones using plant materials.</p></em><br /><br /><p><em>&ldquo;I like to refer to Cleveland as &lsquo;ground zero&rsquo; for biocycling,&rdquo; says Maurer, who believes the city has the perfect conditions and challenges to serve as a prototype for the process.</em><br></p> <p>Cleveland architect Christopher Maurer of <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Redhouse Studio</a> argues how mycotecture (architecture that uses mushrooms and fungi) and <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">&ldquo;biocycling&rdquo;</a> can be used to help solve his hometown's dire housing challenges, and how these methods will hopefully become a model of sustainable construction in cities everywhere.</p> 30 Hudson Yards, the development's tallest tower, tops out at 1,296 feet Alexander Walter 2018-07-06T14:27:00-04:00 >2018-07-06T14:33:51-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>Speculations for the topping out of the 73-story 30 Hudson Yards have been swirling for the last couple months, and now the fateful day has finally arrived. [....] YIMBY received confirmation that the tallest building of the Hudson Yards mega-development has finally reached its pinnacle, with an American flag rising above the building&rsquo;s parapet.</p></em><br /><br /><figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Visualization of the Hudson Yards development with the KPF-designed supertall 30 Hudson Yards tower in the foreground. Image: KPF.</figcaption></figure><p>Now only 50 Hudson Yards remains to be finished from the phase one batch of <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Hudson Yards</a> towers. "<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Phase two</a> will see the construction of several new retail, residential, and office buildings to the west of the current development, none of which will rise higher than the current batch," writes <em>NY YIMBY</em>.</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Construction photo from April 2018 when 30 Hudson Yard's observation deck platform was lifted into place. Image: Related Companies.</figcaption></figure> Startup Katerra wants to revolutionize the construction industry Hope Daley 2018-06-27T15:18:00-04:00 >2018-06-27T17:58:33-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>A Menlo Park company called Katerra announced that it had acquired Michael Green Architecture, a 25-person architecture firm in Vancouver, British Columbia. On June 12, the company revealed that it had bought another, larger architecture firm, Atlanta-based Lord Aeck Sargent. This comes five months after Katerra raised $865 million in venture capital from funders led by SoftBank&rsquo;s Vision Fund, which has also invested heavily in the co-working startup WeWork.</p></em><br /><br /><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Startup</a> Katerra looks to revolutionize the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">construction</a> industry through streamlining the entire process with their design-build model. The company has acquired <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Michael Green Architecture</a>, known for&nbsp;designing tall wood buildings, and&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Lord Aeck Sargent</a>.&nbsp;</p> <p>With these two firms obtained, Katerra will now consolidate by designing and building its products in house. <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Michael Green Architecture</a>'s influence can be seen as Katerra is developing a catalog of mass timber products for residential and commercial building projects. Uniquely Katerra has also created a system to guarantee price early on, a rarity in the industry.</p> Supertall 35 Hudson Yards tops out at 1,009 feet Alexander Walter 2018-06-19T16:12:00-04:00 >2018-06-20T14:47:10-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>Progress on the second highest tower in the Hudson Yards mega-development has reached a milestone. 35 Hudson Yards has officially topped out at 1,009 feet. Now that it has reached that height, it is the ninth tallest structure in New York City and 19th tallest in the United States. Related Companies and Oxford Properties Group are responsible for the development. Next door, 30 Hudson Yards is tantalizingly close to topping out, but the milestone has not yet officially occurred.</p></em><br /><br /><figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Rendering of what the completed 35 Hudson Yards will look like. Image courtesy of Related-Oxford.</figcaption></figure> 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 >2018-08-18T13:01:04-04:00 <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 >2018-08-18T13:01:04-04:00 <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>