Of all the crazy things found on a construction site, an item recently found in Copenhagen, Denmark might just top them all.
Expensive small batch alcohol has been a popular trend in America recently, but I bet you’ve never had a drink from a vodka bottle worth $1.3 million before. After thieves stole the priceless bottle from a pub in Copenhagen, the bottle was emptied and later discarded on a construction site.
The vodka inside was relatively worthless, however, because the bottle itself is made of 6.6 pounds of gold and 6.6 pounds of silver and fitted with a diamond encrusted cap. The bottle’s creator was a Latvian car manufacturer, Dart Motorz, according to the New York Times.
The famous bottle, which also made a brief appearance on Netflix’s “House of Cards” was turned over to police by an unidentified man, who found it on the construction site. A picture of the bottle is below:
If not for having the lowest cost of living in the country, according to the MERIC data, MIssissippi would be in contention for the lowest ranking on our list. However, having a 14.5% lower than the national average boosted the state up 15 spots to #35 after adjustment.
OSHA's new crystalline silica dust exposure regulations officially went into effect on September 23, 2017. Over the past 10 months, there has been plenty of confusion about the lung disease causing material. In the first 6 months after the effective date, OSHA's inspectors yielded 116 violations across the country.
Vermont is one of the few states in the Northeast that doesn't have a ridiculously high cost of living, according to MERIC, at only 2.9% higher than the national average. That helped Vermont rank higher than many others in the Northeast in this list, but it's lower than average adjusted hourly rates for the construction industry still kept it on the bottom half of the list overall.
Since the dawn of green buildings, these projects have always been synonymous with LEED certification. The process of obtaining that LEED certification has not always been an easy one for contractors; there is a ton of paperwork and documentation that needs to take place in order to prove all LEED credits have been rightfully earned. A new construction standard, called BREEAM, is hoping to disrupt the United States’ green building certification world with its impending New Construction Standard Release in 2019.
Wind load is an important calculation to figure into the design and construction of most buildings, but a building under construction in Norway will have to pay close attention to something I’ve never even thought about before: wave load.
Sweet Home Alabama to some, but not quite on this list. Alabama did benefit from a cost of living that's 10% lower than the average state, but that could not help them overcome their relatively low wages before adjustment.
Investigators are on the scene of a catastrophic explosion at a Texas construction project that killed 1 and has injured another 15 workers. The explosion occurred on Tuesday afternoon at Coryell Memorial Healthcare System in Gatesville, Texas, which is being expanded.
Back in September of 2017, the $100 million renovation of the Seattle Space Needle began with the installation of a 28,000 pound scaffold system ring designed to circle the famous saucer shaped top of the Needle.
Coming in at number 38, Massachusetts is now the 5th Northeastern state on the list out of the bottom 13. Like the others, the state gets hurt pretty hard after adjusting for cost of living. Massachusetts has the 5th highest cost of living in the country, at just over 30% more than the average state.
In February, JP Morgan Chased announced their plans to demolish their current 52-story headquarters located in Manhattan. Turns out, when that demolition is complete, it will also break the record for the tallest building ever voluntarily demolished.