We’ve seen a lot of huge demolitions since Construction Junkie began in 2015, including an entire New York City block and a 27 story high rise in China that was never used, but we’ve never seen a demolition as massive as the one JPMorgan Chase announced they are going to start on their existing 52-story headquarters in Manhattan, New York City.
According to an “incomplete” list of tallest buildings ever voluntarily demolished on Wikipedia, the demolition of the JPMorgan Chase building at 270 Park Avenue will be the tallest building on the list once the work is complete. At 707 feet and 52 stories, it would surpass the current leader, the 612 foot tall, 47 story Singer Building, which was also in New York and demolished in 1968.
In the buildings place, JPMorgan plans to build a 70 story, 2.5 million square foot building that will house 15,000 of its workers, according to Quartz. The demolition is expected to begin in 2019 and will take about 5 years to complete.
JPMorgan expects that the new building construction will create over 8,000 construction related jobs throughout the length of the project. The project will also be designed to be LEED certified, but the company did not specify to what level. Quartz also mentioned that preservationists are looking to save the existing tower through an appeals process with the New York Landmarks Preservation Commission.
Kentucky, home of horse racing and bourbon distilleries, lands at number 22 on our countdown. The state’s relatively low cost of living, at around 6.7% below national average according to MERIC, helped it drop around 11 spots after adjustment.
Arizona’s cost of living is 3.5% below the national average, according to MERIC, which helped them jump about 7 spots in the rankings after adjustment. There are two professions ranked in the top 10, including security and fire systems installers at #2 and solar panel installers at #5. The lowest ranked professions in the state are insulation workers at #40 and crane operators at #38.
Last week, we shared some newly updated Trenching and Excavation safety information from OSHA, which was part of their priority goals for 2018. Those updates included a public service announcement and updated online resources. The administration has just announced the update of their National Emphasis Program (NEP) on trenching and excavation safety, which features a period of education and prevention outreach.
The first state to be on the right side of our countdown is the Centennial State: Colorado. It received it’s nickname after becoming an official state 100 years after the Declaration of Independence was signed.
At long last, we have reached the midway point on our countdown and the state of Tennessee has the honor of establishing the national average. Tennessee’s wage number rankings are pretty steady across the board, with the only outliers being Security and Fire Systems Installers ranked #4 and Glaziers ranked #35.
As other organizations, like the NTSB, are busy analyzing the root cause of the pedestrian bridge collapse that killed 6 people and injured 8 others in Florida in March, OSHA has finished their investigation and issued safety violations to 5 different contractors.
Like many of the states in the Mountain time zone, Utah has a relatively large area of land, but has a low population compared to the average state. That may be changing in the coming years, as the US Census data has shown that Utah has the 2nd fastest growing population in the country as of 2013.
Over 2 years ago, concern began to grow when it was discovered that the 58-story high Millennium Tower in San Francisco had settled 16 inches and tilted 2 inches, after just 8 years of being open. The latest reports, according to NBC Bay Area, say that the building is now tilting 18 inches, when measured at the top. That stress on the curtain wall may have caused a 36-story window to crack.
Georgia is located in one of the hottest regions for construction activity, the Southeastern Region. Atlanta, in particular, has experienced a bit of a construction boom recently, which could spell some pay increases for workers across they state, as the labor shortage is still a problem.
For the past several years, workforce shortages have been a constant headline in the construction industry. A large contingency of the skilled labor in the United States is retiring and the younger generations aren’t filling in as quickly as needed.