One of the most famous ships in history, the Titanic, is getting re-born in the form of a full size replica, which will serve as a tourist attraction for residents and visitors of China. The original ship, which hit an iceberg in 1912, causing it to sink, was the subject of the record breaking film, also named the Titanic, in 1997. According to NPR, a replica about 90% of the size of the original was built for the movie, but later sunk after filming was completed.
Before construction started on this soon-to-be tourist attraction, Australian billionaire Clive Palmer was attempting to build a full-scale replica in order to travel and complete the route the original Titanic was attempting to. That project has since been delayed, allowing the China based construction company Wuchang Shipbuilding Industry Group the chance to complete the first full sized remake. The company hopes to get as close to the original design as possible, even down to the materials. NPR reports that the group does not intend to build every room in the ship, but there will be several interior rooms that visitors will be able to tour.
The new ship is already under construction and is expected to be complete by the end of 2017. The 882 feet (269m) long by 92 feet (28m) wide ship has a budget of $145 million, but already appears to be over budget. Among the interior rooms to receive replicas will be the ballroom, a theater, a pool, and some first-class cabins. This version of the ship has no plans to set sail, however, and it will remain in its permanent location.
The video below, by New China TV, shows some of the work that has already taken place.
Last Thursday, every construction professional’s worst nightmare happened. Lives were lost, both construction workers and civilians, by way of the catastrophic collapse of FIU’s under construction pedestrian bridge. We shared what we knew as of late Thursday night, but since this is not only a tragedy directly related to construction, but also a huge learning opportunity for the entire industry, I wanted to make sure we continued to follow and update on the story as it develops.
Terrible tragedy struck Florida International University’s (FIU) campus yesterday when a newly installed pedestrian bridge collapsed onto the road below, killing at least 4 and severely injuring many more.
A couple weeks ago, JP Morgan Chase announced that they planned to demolish their existing 52-story Manhattan headquarters, which is believed to be the tallest voluntary demolition in history, in order to build a 70 story, 2.5 million square foot building in its place. The move left preservationists upset at the idea of scrapping the nearly 60 year old building and others wondering how exactly they were going to safely demolish a building that tall in such a congested and busy area.
I had a request to cover fire suppression system installers on our weekly look at hourly wage data, but unfortunately the Bureau of Labor Statistics doesn't specifically break that profession out separately. They do, however, have a category called Security and Fire Alarm Systems Installers, which I believe will cover the category.
Avenger Work Boots, by Footwear Specialties International (FSI), was a brand that I was previously unfamiliar with until the company reached out to me to do a review of their product. The Avenger brand is FSI's outdoor construction work boot category, which they say focuses of extreme affordability, high quality, and comfortability. When asked what differentiated the brand from other manufacturers, FSI told me that their boots "come with more features and benefits for the dollar, than any other shoe."
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There’s been a largely unfocused effort across the industry to try to bridge the workforce gap, but two retail giants recently announced that they are putting their money where their mouth is and committing their time and money to the effort. Construction jobs are an often overlooked profession that can pay very well without the requirement of getting a college degree.
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The construction industry uses too much paper. Ignoring any environmental impacts that may cause, the continued widespread use of paper in the industry is terrible for productivity and efficiency. Construction companies are burdening their employees with tedious paperwork instead of allowing them to excel at their actual jobs. It also greatly hampers collaboration with other team members or customers.