Daikin Industries is a leading air conditioning manufacturer, with products sold in over 140 countries. The company currently in the process of constructing an enormous manufacturing facility in Houston, TX, which will replace its current facility in Tennessee. The space will include a 1.8 million square foot distribution center, 1.7 million square feet of manufacturing space with a 196,500 square foot mezzanine, a 231,598 square foot lab, and a 202,600 square foot office. In total, the building will take up 4.1 million square feet.
The size of the building is impressive enough, but company is also going to hold a world record when it’s complete. With over 4 million square feet of concrete tilt up wall floor area, the Daiken Comfortplex building will surpass the 3,420,000 square foot Gateway Theatre of Shopping in South Africa as the largest tilt wall building in the world, according to Tilt-Up Today. The project will also use over 360,000 cubic yards of concrete.
The building, which is being constructed by DE Harvey Builders, is set to complete in mid-2016, but you can watch a time lapse video of the progress of the record breaking building below.
The most popular method of demolition these days is by implosion, but not always welcome in certain areas or situations. The use of explosives can greatly damage neighboring buildings and spread hazardous materials over a large radius, which is why a cooling tower at the Mülheim-Kärlich power plant in Germany had to be slowly dismantled from the top.
After causing devastation in the Bahamas, Hurricane Dorian worked its way up the U.S. East Coast last week and eventually made its way up to Nova Scotia, Canada as a Category 2 storm. The storm left more than 369,000 without power in the Canadian Region, according to CBC, but also caused a tower crane to buckle and collapse in the city of Halifax.
While placing concrete on the 7th floor of a new hotel in Houston, TX, 16 construction workers were suddenly sent falling to the 6th floor below, sending 9 of them to the hospital, according to local news reports.
As a storm blew through the Dallas, Texas area on Sunday afternoon, a tower crane standing near an occupied apartment building collapsed causing at least one fatality and 6 injuries.
Completed in 1976, the CN Tower in Toronto, Canada held the record for the tallest freestanding structure in the world from 1975-2007, until it was supplanted by Dubai’s Burj Khalifa. At its highest point, the CN Tower, which is mainly used as a communications and observation tower, reaches 1,815.4 feet (533.33m). Last year, the tower underwent a $16 million renovation and Priestly Demolition shared a fascinating, in-depth video for how they took care of the demolition of the interior space and walls.
Cranes collapsing on-site are serious business, especially since many of them resulted in the loss of life. A recent crane collapse on a construction site in Alpharetta, GA was caught on camera after it caught fire, but luckily no one was injured.
There are a lot of different specialty construction contracting sectors within the industry and cruise ships are definitely one of them. There are plenty of unique challenges when dealing with a moving ship versus a static building. A recent accident highlighted the challenges when a crane collapsed on a cruise ship under renovations, injuring 8 people.