A firestorm of litigation is brewing in San Francisco over a $350 million residential high rise building, called the Millennium Tower, which has sunk 16 inches and tilted 2 inches since it opened up in 2008. Last month, developers and nearby resident Transbay Joint Powers Authority (TJPA) took turns blaming each other for the issue and it appears that the fight has just begun. For some more background information on the building, you can check out our past article by clicking here.
San Francisco Business Times recently spoke with a representative of Millennium Partner, the developer of the Millennium Tower. Despite the TJPA’s claim that the foundation should have been driven down to bedrock, as the soils below the building are actually a bed of sand called the Colma Formation, the developer claims no fault in any issues surrounding their construction methods and procedures. The representative cited that many nearby buildings, like the Embarcadero Center and the SFMOMA, were also built in the same Colma Formation and the foundations were very similar. The representative also pointed out to the Business Times that both the City and County of San Fransisco approved the drawings as they were built and that the company received all appropriate permits. Just my personal opinion, but I highly doubt that the City or County would ever be held responsible for approving drawings with a design that didn’t work.
Since the report broke that the building has sunk and tilted, there have been reports that no more condos in the luxury high rise have been sold. It’s clear that there’s a lot at stake in this foundation failure, but, unfortunately for all involved, no resolution is near.
Full story: Millennium Tower just one of 'dozens' of SF highrises built on sand, spokesman says | San Francisco Business Time
Last November, OSHA issued a final rule that would finally allow them to enforce language, which has been in their standards since 2010, requiring construction crane operators to be formally qualified to operate the equipment. The first day of enforcement for that rule had been set for November 10, 2018, but the agency has recently proposed a new rule that would pull back some of the initial requirements.
Each year, Milwaukee Tool invites members of the media to join them at their annual New Product Symposium (NPS). At NPS, the company shows off most of the new tools they will release throughout the year and shares their most exciting news. At last year’s event, Milwaukee previewed that big things were planned for the 2018 show.
Did they deliver? We were in attendance at NPS 2018 just a couple weeks ago to find out. Below are the what we thought were the 7 biggest storylines of the even...
Florida has no doubt had its fair share of strange news stories over the past few years, not only in general, but also specifically in construction. Some have been tragic and scary, like the recent pedestrian bridge collapse that killed several people and a crane collapse that nearly missed several workers. Other stories have been down right strange, like this slow speed police chase led by a man who stole a backhoe.
Finding enough labor to complete jobs has been a problem for many companies in the construction industry over the past few years. Amid a construction “boom” in many areas, general and subcontractors are accepting jobs without enough people to work them, so some have turned to hiring “subs of subs” to supplement their work, a report published by The Tennessean says.
In March, OSHA announced that they would be enforcing their previously delayed beryllium exposure limit for the construction industry on May 11, 2018. The agency has recently confirmed that enforcement date in a memorandum on May 9, 2018.
It’s a tale (tail) as old as time: a horse walks into a construction trench, gets stuck, has to be lifted out of it by a helicopter. The trench didn’t appear to be that deep, so I don’t think OSHA is going to need to get involved with this one.
Last week, Milwaukee Tool hosted their annual media event, the New Product Symposium (NPS), at which they offer sneak peaks of all of the new tools they’ll be releasing throughout the year. The biggest news of the show was the release of their new M18 12.0Ah battery, which uses new 21700 cells and is more powerful and efficient.
South Dakota, home of Badlands National Park and the only mountain with US president's faces carved on the side of it, has landed at #45 on our countdown.
Welcome to another exciting year of Construction Junkie’s Best Construction Podcast competition, 2018 edition. This is our 4th straight year running the competition and this year’s already shaping up to be the best one yet.
OSHA newer and more stringent regulations regarding employee’s exposure to respirable crystalline silica officially went into effect on September 23, 2017. The new reduced the permissible exposure limit of the substance, which is found mostly in products containing sand (like concrete, mortar, and brick), from 250 micrograms per cubic meter of air down to 50 micrograms per cubic meter of air averaged over an 8 hour shift.