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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Almost 18 months ago, an under construction pedestrian bridge on Florida International University’s (FIU) campus collapsed, killing 6 people and injuring another 8. While many investigations have closed, including OSHA’s scathing report, families of victims and survivors have been awaiting the results of civil lawsuits filed against the companies in charge of the projects.
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Hot off of the acquisition of Honest Buildings, a project management software aimed at owners and developers, Procore has announced they have acquired yet another tech company to help bolster their offerings.
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For years, Milwaukee has made it very clear that they will continue to keep their M18 platform as their core system. Cordless tool users spend a ton of money into batteries these days, and the company’s goal is to not force them into investing into a new cordless system. That means that Milwaukee has to come up with innovative ways to provide the tools users want while being limited to 18 volts.
The spring of 2019 saw 3 trench collapse deaths in a span of 10 days. One at a home construction site in Colorado, another during a culvert install in Marysville, Ohio, and a third at a residential site in Sugarcreek Township, Ohio. The latter has recently received a hefty fine and penalty from OSHA.
Personal fall protection devices are extremely important to saving lives and preventing injuries due to falls on a jobsite. Half the battle is getting your team to wear harnesses, but when they do, you need to trust that the devices will work when they’re needed. 3M has recently issued an immediate stop use and product recall on two of their fall protection products.
Construction Management software company, Procore, initially launched their annual technology conference, Groundbreak, back in 2015. Originally hosted at their headquarters in California, the event has grown exponentially from that first year and this year may be its biggest yet.
While placing concrete on the 7th floor of a new hotel in Houston, TX, 16 construction workers were suddenly sent falling to the 6th floor below, sending 9 of them to the hospital, according to local news reports.