Dubai is no stranger to world records, in fact it appears that Dubai wants to be the destination for all of the world's structural records. The title of world's tallest is never an easy title to own. Competing building projects are always watching and attempting to go higher. Just like the Burj Khalifa the official height of that building was kept as secret as the Coca-Cola recipe until it was nearly complete. And, if you do become the world's tallest then it is only a matter of time before the next project comes along and out does you. For example, see what's happening now in the arena for tallest wood building. As Dubai has done in the past with the Burj Khalifa, they did not look to build a new high rise that was just a few feet taller than the last one, they looked to build the tallest possible building at the time. That put the Burj about 320 meters taller than any other skyscraper, and their newest attraction, The Dubai Eye, will be no different.
The High Roller Ferris Wheel in Las Vegas, which tops out at 550 feet tall, currently holds the record for the tallest Ferris wheel in the world. The High Roller was completed in March of 2014 and made it the tallest Ferris wheel in the world by just 9 feet. The builders of the Dubai Eye are not just looking to be the tallest Ferris wheel in the world, but to b low all other Ferris wheels out of the water. The Dubai Eye will be 165 feet (50 meters) taller than the High Roller. As if this wasn't enough, the Dubai Eye will also take their Ferris wheel one step further by adding a 165 foot LED screen to the center of the wheel that will broadcast movies, ads, and interactive information. This will be able to be seen from the highly popular Jumeirah Beach, which is where the top picture is taken from. The Eye will have 48 luxury capsules holding 1,400 visitors.
Below are some of the pictures we took of the building site of the Eye on our recent trip to Dubai (click the arrows to scroll through the slide show)
The Dubai Eye will sit amongst the $1.6 billion Bluewaters Island Development, which includes the creation of a new island, retail, hotels, residential housing, as well as hospitality and entertainment.
The Dubai Eye is not out of the woods yet, though. New York is looking to build a mega-tall ferris wheel as well. The New York Wheel plans to reach a height of 630 feet or roughly a 60 story attraction. The New York Wheel is expected to be completed in early 2017 and the Dubai Eye in 2016. So there is still time for New York to pull a rabbit out of their hat and trump Dubai. What's another 60 feet, right? I have a feeling that won't happen as Mammoet-Starneth, LLC is the designer and manufacturer for both the Dubai Eye and New York Wheel projects. It may be safe to say there are not very many engineering firms that specialize in mega-wheels.
Below is a video of the development of the Dubai Eye. Once complete, it will certainly provide a one-of-a-kind view and experience for visitors of Dubai.
Buildings are demolished all the time in order to make way for new construction. The buildings that are demolished have usually lived out their useful life and are no longer functional. Recently a demolition video resurfaced, which shows a 27 story building in China being imploded. The strange thing is that, since it was finished in 1999, the building had never even been used.
There are a lot of people that would be pretty unhappy with whoever tears down a 98 foot tall, 105 year old tree to make room for a building expansion. In order for most projects to work financially, however, many trees are uprooted and replaced with smaller trees. That’s not what happened with what is believed to be the state of Idaho’s largest sequoia tree, however.
As recently highlighted by several multi-story building fires, contractors should always be prepared in the event a fire starts on a job site. There have been dozens multi-story building fires in the past few years and many were started when the building was topped out. In most cases, the project was completely destroyed, leaving developers and owners to deal with years of delays from insurance claims. A massive five-alarm fire at an Oakland construction site is one of the more recent examples.
Two construction workers in Sarasota, Florida were recently trapped 15 stories in the air after one of the lines on their suspended scaffolding snapped. One of the two men was able to be pulled to safety by some co-workers on site, but the second was stuck on the scaffold for an hour before the fire department could rescue him.
Since it opened its doors in 2010, the Burj Khalifa has been the world’s tallest building, one of the most coveted titles in all of the construction industry. If all goes according to plan, the Burj’s reign at the top will come to an end when Saudi Arabia’s Jeddah Tower is completed in 2020.
A nearby office worker caught video of a dramatic demolition that showed the remains of an 11 story building collapse on top of the excavator performing the demolition.
Strange things are found on job sites across the globe all the time. We’ve shared plenty of stories in the past about the odd things construction workers have discovered, like human remains, 200,000 year old mammoth bones, ancient roman treasure, and more. When contractors dig in the dirt, there’s always a chance of uncovering history. Sometimes, though, the things found can be extremely dangerous.
In order to get the bad taste of last week’s botched demolition, in which an adjacent building also got destroyed in the process, we needed to share a highly successful one. Priestly Demolition, a Canadian demolition contractor, has been the subject of our articles in the past and the company has even won awards for the best demolition in the world.
While placing concrete on the second floor of a future seven-story mixed use building in Oakland, California, the concrete forms suddenly gave way, sending around 20 workers 10 to 15 feet below with the wet concrete. News reports explain the job site went into a panic, understandably so, and co-workers rushed to the scene to help.
Mistakes during demolitions happen. Sometimes contractors knock down the wrong buildings, other times the explosives used don’t knock the building over, and other demolitions are carried out with a complete lack of regard for human life. As fun as they are to perform and watch, they’re inherently dangerous and there should be a plan in place in case things go wrong.