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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There’s no doubt that construction workers do not get enough recognition for the hard work they put into building our nation's structures. At the end of each project, the workers are typically on to the next jobsite while executives and politicians are cutting the ribbon on their new facility.
After heavily focusing on the mechanical trades for years, Milwaukee Tool has made a concerted effort to attract carpenters and remodelers to their constantly growing M18 battery platform. The tool manufacturer has introduced cordless miter saws and nail guns in recent years. They also announced several more carpentry tools are on their way at their yearly New Product Symposium event in May, including a new D-handle jig saw, a table saw, and an updated 7-¼” circular saw.
Virginia, which averages a just slightly higher than average cost of living, is next on our countdown at #31. The state is all over the board when it comes to profession by profession breakdown, with several rankings in the 40s, 30s, 20s, and teens. Their lone profession to be ranked in the top 10 is construction managers, who have an average hourly wage of $51.46, after adjustment, which is good for 6th highest in the country.
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PlanGrid users who have been wanting the ability to add additional documents to their field reports within the platform now have the ability to do so with a recent update.
Last summer, Tesla announced that the first of their solar roof tiles had been installed on test houses. However, as has become customary with many Tesla products, the company is experiencing significant manufacturing delays.
There have been a few devastating structural collapses across America and the world this year. In March, an under construction pedestrian bridge collapsed in Florida, killing 6. In Colombia, ten workers were killed when a large section of a bridge being built collapsed. Both of those tragedies happened while the structures were still being built, but a recent collapse in Texas has a bit of a different story.
New Mexico, our nation's 47th state, lands at #32 on our continued state-by-state countdown. After adjusting for the state's lower cost of living (5.9% lower than national average), New Mexico jumped roughly 8 spots on the list. There were 3 construction professions ranked in the top 10 versus all other states, including solar panel installers, reinforcing iron and rebar workers, and welders.
As America’s infrastructure is continually described as “crumbling,” I thought it would be a good time to take a look back to how highways were paved around 70 years ago. A lot has changed in the past seven decades, but you might be surprised by how similar paving still is.
Procore, one of the country’s most popular construction project management software, has officially launched the first product in their newest platform: Field Productivity. The newest platform joins Procore’s 3 other existing platforms: Project Management, Quality & Safety, and Construction Financials.