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.
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Multi-employer worksites are extremely common in the construction industry, but they can still make work extremely complicated. One of those complications results when a subcontractor receives a governmental violation, such as an OSHA violation. As a controlling employer on the site, can a general contractor be held responsible for safety hazards of a subcontractor? One court says yes.
We interrupt this utter domination by Midwest states in our top 10 list with a West Coast state: Washington. This is the only non-Midwest state that has landed in the top 10 so far and, spoiler alert, it’s the only one you’re going to see.
A new 21-story apartment building proposed for Milwaukee, Wisconsin as received unanimous approval from the City Plan Commission. If built, the new tower could possibly be North America’s tallest mass timber building.
After an abundance of delays on rule that would require crane operators to be formally qualified to operate, OSHA finally landed on an effective date of February 7, 2019. After receiving feedback from industry partners, OSHA has decided to delay enforcement for 60 days for contractors who make a “good faith effort” to comply.
The USGBC recently released their 2018 ranking of the Top 10 US States for LEED construction, which is sorted by Gross Square Footage per Capita. That ranking system allows them to get a fair comparison of states, despite differences in population and number of buildings.
Michigan, the mitten shaped state consisting of two peninsulas and which also seems to be both south and north of all surrounding states somehow, lands at #5 on our list. The state is already the 6th state from the Midwest Region in the top 10, joining Indiana, Kansas, North Dakota, Ohio, and Wisconsin.
JBKnowledge, a construction technology and consultancy company, has been producing their annual Construction Technology Report since 2012. Now in its 7th year, it is far and away the most comprehensive collection of survey results in the construction technology sector.
Construction Junkie has once again been nominated as one of the top construction blogs on the internet and we NEED YOUR HELP to make us #1. Each year, Construction Marketing Ideas organizes a Best Construction Blog competition featuring some the best blogs in the industry. While we’ve come up short of taking the top spot in the past, we think this year is our year.
JPMorgan Chase announced their intentions to tear down their existing 52-story headquarters in Manhattan, New York City early last year. When the demolition is complete, it is widely believed that it will be the tallest building ever to be voluntarily demolished. It’s speculated that the building will be dismantled floor-by-floor, as opposed to imploded, due to obvious safety concerns.