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.
Cameras are EVERYWHERE these days. They’re on sites documenting the full construction process of your project, they’re on projects taking 360 degree progress footage, and most importantly, they’re in your pocket on your smartphone. Having a camera in your pocket at all times can be a good or bad thing, especially for employers, because not only can it make lives much easier for communication and documentation purposes, but it also gives people the chance to show the world when things go absolutely terribly.
With cranes being on many construction sites, it’s easy for workers to get complacent. Hundreds or thousands of construction materials can be lifted by cranes throughout the project, but all it takes is one time for a disaster to occur.
Cranes are a necessary and useful piece of equipment on most construction sites, but extreme caution must be taken when working with them, as any failure could be catastrophic or, at the very least, very costly.
On Sunday, demolition contractors tried to bring down the upper portion of the Pontiac Silverdome, former home to the Detroit Lions, but several of the explosives didn’t ignite and the structure was still upright after the smoke cleared. After videos of the failed demolition were posted online, the internet had a field day.
Construction timelapse videos make extremely complicated and long projects look much easier to build than they actually are. The recently opened Louvre in Abu Dhabi took 8 years to complete, but you can watch the full process in only 3 minutes.
High winds can cause problems in many situations on a job site, especially with cranes and scaffolds. A horrific crane collapse in downtown New York City was caught on tape after a gust of wind knocked it down in early 2016. Last week, high winds caused more problems at construction sites, as it knocked over a scaffold above a busy sidewalk and sent a suspended scaffold swinging out of control and crashing into a building.
Getting the perfect view of a major building demolition can get you millions of hits, or even better, shared by us right here on Construction Junkie. Have your video get epic-ly photobombed and you’ll get even more views and definitely shared by us.
Contact with overhead power lines is a major hazard when working on most construction sites and especially when working from elevated platforms or with heavy machinery.
When construction workers cut through nature and dig in the ground, it shouldn’t be a surprise when wildlife is encountered, although some are a little bit more frightening than others. Last year, crews had to help free a giant bear that was stuck in a cesspit and the bear was happy at all about it.