There’s no easier way to make thousands of people mad then to screw up traffic for an extended period of time. Road construction can also be extremely dangerous for road crews working throughout the world. It seems like I read a story about a construction worker killed by a motorist every single day, so whatever it takes to lower that number can only be a good thing.
Modular and pre-fabricated construction is growing popularity on the commercial and residential side of the industry, put it may be even more so on the infrastructure end, and for good reason. By completing major portions of the work off-site, the existing conditions are only affected for a minimal amount of time. In the video below, you’ll see a 230 feet long tunnel (70m) be installed under a highway overpass in just 3 days. The existing overpass had to be demolished and re-built in that same time period, as well. That’s not something that can be accomplished with a traditional cast-in-place method. With the tunnel already built, it merely had to be pushed into place.
The tunnel spanned under the A12 highway in the Netherlands, which heads towards Arnhem. Dutch construction company Hejimans performed the job through an impressive thunderstorm, as well, which is shown towards the end of the video. This isn’t the first highway overpass to be removed and replaced in one weekend either, just last year a Chinese construction company removed and replaced a very large overpass in just 43 hours.
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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.
Demolitions by implosion can be fun to watch when they go right – or wrong – but nearby residents can be greatly affected by the high powered blasts and huge clouds of debris that follow. A few years ago, a botched demolition in England left dozens of nearby residents unable to return to their homes for several days. Last week, an obsolete Steel Basic Oxygen Plant in Weirton, West Virginia is leaving residents in a similar situation.
Over the years, Liebherr, the German Crane Manufacturer, has given us some absolutely amazing videos. For example, they put on a show for their best customers one year and lifted one crane with another crane, which was lifted by a third crane, which was then lifted by a fourth crane. Another video highlighted the 58 cranes that were on site at the same time at the world’s largest airport build in Istanbul. Well, the company is back at it again, this time on top of Europe’s new tallest building.
As you may already know, the NBA’s Milwaukee Bucks officially opened their new home, the Fiserv Forum, for the 2018-2019 NBA season last October. That new stadium is being heralded as the “World’s First Bird Friendly Arena,” due to many of the design features. Well, since the new one is open, we can only expect that the old, non-bird friendly (I’m assuming) arena has overstayed its welcome and has to go.
Let’s get 2019 started with the first building demolition by implosion of the year.
The Smithsonian channel is airing a series of shows titled America in Color, in which they enhance lost or forgotten video footage of the 1900s, beginning with the 1920s. Part of the first episode in the series shows the men that worked on skyscrapers in New York City and it’s been edited to show color, as opposed to black and white, for the first time.
Everyone has a camera in their pocket these days and when something goes down on the jobsite, you can bet it’s going to be captured on video one way or another. That can either be a great thing for marketing or an awful way to showcase your business.