In regards to timelapse videos, it was a big year for sports arenas and the city of Atlanta, Georgia. These types of videos have become more popular in recent years due to the wide availability of documentation services available. Not only that, but civilians who own drones have also taking a liking to their area’s construction sites.
Take a look below at our 7 favorite construction timelapse videos from 2017:
7. Little Caesar’s Arena – Detroit, Michigan
After suffering terrible blight for several years, the city of Detroit, Michigan is making a big comeback. Many of Detroit’s sports team’s facilities had been previously located outside of the downtown area, but now all the fields and arenas are in the same area downtown after last year’s completion of Little Caesar’s Arena. The new area will be the home of the NHL’s Detroit Red Wings and the NBA’s Detroit Pistons and can hold a capacity of 22,000 people.
The site’s groundbreaking ceremony was held in September of 2014 and officially opened on September 5, 2017, just under 3 years later. In full, the total cost of construction for the new arena was $862.9 million, with an additional $200 million being spent on a surrounding mixed-use development featuring residential and retail spaces. The historic, 13 story tall Park Avenue Hotel previously stood where the new arena does now, but that was imploded in 2015 to make room.
Check out the aerial timelapse video below, from New Wings Arena, which shows the construction progress from June 2015 to September of 2017.
6. Construction Crews Relocate a 98 Foot Tall Sequoia Tree
Just because a tree is in the way doesn’t necessarily mean it needs to be killed. In summer of 2017, Idaho’s largest sequoia tree happened to be on the land where a health facilities expansion project was set to be located. The 105 year old tree stands 98 feet tall, weighed 800,000 pounds and needed to be moved 2 blocks away to safety. Using a system of inflatable rollers, the tree was moved throughout the night, very slowly.
You can check out the timelapse video of the process below. For more information about how the rollers worked, there’s a link below the video to our previous article.
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5. Sun Trust Park – Atlanta, Georgia
SunTrust Park, as the Braves’ new stadium will be known, will seat a capacity of 41,500 fans and cost around $622 million. Built by American Builders 2017, the park will feature 4,000 premium seats, an 18,000 square foot hospitality club, and a design that maximizes sightlines. American Builders 2017 is a joint venture between Brasfield & Gorrie, Mortenson Construction, Barton Malow Company and New South Construction Company. The ballpark will also be surrounded by a mixed use development, called The Battery, which will include restaurants, retail shops, entertainment, office buildings, and housing.
Groundbreaking was in September of 2014 and construction was completed prior to the start of the 2017 MLB season in April.
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4. 57 Story NYC Skyscraper That Looks like a Jenga Tower
Standing 821 feet (250m) in the New York City skyline, the new 57-story residential tower, called 56 Leonard Street, has opened its doors to residents. The 145 condos that inhabit the high rise range in size from 1,418 square feet to 6,400 square feet and in price from $3.5 million to $50 million.
The architect, Herzog & de Meuron, designed the building to look like individual homes stacked on top of each other, giving the building its Jenga-like qualities. Only 5 of the 145 floor plans were the same, in order to break out of the sense of repetition that most traditional skyscrapers have.
The video below shows construction footage from March 2014 to December 2016:
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3. Mercedes-Benz Stadium – Atlanta, Georgia
NFL stadiums have ballooned to epic proportions in the past decade and have elevated from their humble beginnings of boring hunks of concrete with seats in them. The latest NFL marvel is the Atlanta Falcon’s new Mercedes-Benz Stadium, which features a 58 feet tall 360 degree HD video halo board which spans a total of 1100 linear feet.
EarthCam was on site to document the progress for 39 months, from June 2014 to September 2017.
Full story: [Timelapse] Watch the Atlanta Falcons New Stadium Be Built From the Ground Up | Construction Junkie
2. Rebuilding Atlanta’s Damaged I-85
At the end of March 2017, a massive fire underneath Atlanta’s I-85, a major highway that handles around 243,000 vehicles each day, caused a large section to collapse.
The rebuild was originally expected to take 3 months, which would totally wreak havoc on already terrible Atlanta traffic, but after the city threw a pile of money at CW Matthews Contracting Co to speed up the process ($3 million), the project was completed a month ahead of schedule.
Crews were pulled from other nearby projects and 7 bridge crews worked during the day, as well as another 6 at night, totaling around 54,000 man hours. 13 million pounds of debris had to first be removed from the site, before any of the work began. Over 505,000 pounds of steel rebar and 2,103 cubic yards of concrete were used on the support structure. The contractors also used a more expensive, hi-early concrete, which reach compressive strength in just 3 days.
Not only did OxBlue show live footage of the bridge replacement, they also put together the timelapse video of the entire process:
Full story: [Timelapse] Atlanta’s I-85 Bridge Rebuild Completed a Month Ahead of Schedule | Construction Junkie
1. The Louvre Abu Dhabi Art Museum
The Louvre is the world’s largest art museum and located in Paris, France, covering 782,910 square feet. In 2007, French officials worked a deal with Abu Dhabi, the capital of United Araba Emirates, to build a Louvre art museum of their own. In order to use the Louvre name, borrow several hundred works of art, obtain management expertise, and be provided several temporary exhibitions, Abu Dhabi had to pay roughly $1.3 Billion. The construction of the building totaled to about $712 million.
Construction began on the 260,000 square foot complex on May 26, 2009 and just recently opened in November of 2017. The roof of the museum consists of 7,850 stars in 8 different layers. The total weight of the roof is over 8,200 tons.
To capture the progress of the project, EarthCam had 4K cinematic timelapse cameras, from over 50 different perspectives, on site from the beginning to end. You can watch the timelapse video below:
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