Habitat for Humanity is one of the construction industry’s favorite volunteer organization and for good reason. Over the past 40 years, the non-profit builder has helped construct, rehabilitate, or preserve over 800,000 affordable houses for families in need. It’s truly an area that construction workers throughout the world can showcase their skills and donate their time, in order to give back to their community.
Since the summer of 2012, the St. Croix Valley Eco Village, one of Habitat’s signature projects, officially began. Over the next 4 years, the 5 acre plot, located in River Falls, Wisconsin, was transformed from a greyfield to an 18 home residential community. Greyfield sites are defined as “economically obsolescent, outdated, failing, moribund or underused real estate assets or land,” which mostly describe abandoned retail centers in the US and Canada. The homes on the development were designed with many environmental goals in mind:
- Reduce water consumption by 50% the use of rain water harvesting
- Achieve net-zero and carbon negative energy usage, by using passive house techniques, as well as rooftop solar panels and high performance windows.
- Diverting 90% of construction waste from landfills and locally sourcing 25% of all materials
- Resistant to storms and tornados
- Achieve LEED for Homes Platinum and LEED-ND Gold or better
Atlanta, GA has been busy recently updated their major sports facilities. The new Atlanta Falcon’s new $1.4 Billion football stadium just recently celebrated a milestone as contractors installed the final roof beam. That stadium is scheduled to open before the start of the 2017 NFL season. Before that, however, the Atlanta Braves’ new baseball stadium will officially open in time to kick off the MLB season, which starts on April 2nd.
The NFL is a cash cow and nothing makes that more evident than the soaring costs to build the newest NFL stadiums. The past four stadiums to open were the Minnesota Vikings’ US Bank Stadium (watch timelapse here), the San Francisco 49ers’ Levi’s Stadium, the New York Jets/Giants’ MetLife Stadium, and the Dallas Cowboys’ AT&T Stadium. All four surpassed $1 Billion in construction cost. The first stadium to open after the Millennium was the Cincinnati Bengals’ Paul Brown Stadium, which only cost a miniscule (relatively) $455 million ($626 million in 2016 dollars) to build. The oldest stadium still in use by any NFL team is the Oakland Raiders’ Coliseum, which was completed in 1966 and cost $25.5 million ($186 million in 2016 dollars). That stadium also spent $200 million ($302 million in 2016 dollars) in renovations in 1995 and 1996. As you can see, dollars spent on NFL stadiums have increased significantly in the past few decades and there’s no end in sight.
Not all demolition videos can be implosions and that’s OK, because each type of demolition is its own art form. Sometimes contractors are bound by the constraints of the job, especially when located in an area with a large concentration of pedestrians and other public areas. That was the case for the construction site of the future One Vanderbilt Tower in New York City, which just completed the demolition of five different buildings covering an entire city block.
Yesterday marked the 15 Anniversary of the terrorist attacks on New York's World Trade Centers on September 11, 2001. The attacks left a noticeable hole in the New York skyline for several years after the Twin Towers collapsed, but that hole has since been filled with a new and symbolic tower, the One World Trade Center.
Why do the athletes get to have all of the fun during the Olympics? We construction workers deserve a little bit of the action, too! In order for American swimmers to be chosen to represent Team USA in the Olympics, they must first qualify at the U.S. Olympic Team Trials, which were held in Omaha, Nebraska this year.
Not all construction sites are that impressive to look at, but that’s certainly not the case on many jobsites in the skyscraper ridden city of Chicago. Tight sites like the one in the video offer plenty of new challenges with regards to deliveries, storage, and a plethora of other items, so it’s always interesting to see how companies successfully complete jobs like those.
You’ve probably seen an excavator most days of your life, especially if you work in construction, but, unless you work in the mining industry you’ll never see something as big as the Liebherr R 9800, a roughly 800 ton excavator. Standing at 36’3” high, 28’9” wide, and 83’0” long, this mega machine can load 75-93 tons of material per pass.
"Our customers work hard, but they also play hard,” said Archie Lyons, Creative Director of Global Brand Marketing for Caterpillar Inc. to explain the crazy site of watching a golf course move around on the backs of several of CAT’s heavy machines. After watching the video below, it seems like the perfect encapsulation of that phrase and a whole lot of fun to try out.