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.
Construction employers are legally responsible for following and enforcing safety regulations on their jobsites. If caught not abiding by these rules and failing to keep workers safe, an OSHA violation and fine can follow. Recently, however, several contractors are also facing criminal charges following employee deaths on their jobsites.
A little over 3 years ago, reports surfaced that San Francisco’s luxury high rise, the Millennium Tower, has been consistently sinking and tilting since it was completed in 2009. Lawsuits have been underway for years involving dozens of lawyers from many different parties, but an expert panel has just approved a $100 million plan to keep the building from sinking and tilting any further.
As large of an industry as the construction industry is and with the amount of characters that I’ve met in my career, I’ve always been surprised at the lack of television programming covering large building projects. The Construction Channel, an online new media company, is taking matters into their own hands and has recently released episodes of a documentary series called “Six Figures, No Suits” (SFNS)
A 2018 trench collapse in Colorado lead to the death of a construction worker named Rosario “Chayo” Martinez-Lopez. Now, his employer faces manslaughter charges for his death.
It’s not often that contractors completely invent a new method of building high rises. We’ve certainly seen some very interesting methods in recent projects, such as the “top-down” method that allows the sub and super-structure to be built at the same time, but a contractor in London has a new way to shave time off of the construction schedule of a high rise building.
We have featured Priestly Demolition Inc. (PDI) on Construction Junkie many times, because of one simple fact: they produce high quality and informative videos about their craft. That’s not something many other companies in the construction industry can say – and now it’s paid off for them in the form of a television show.
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.
There’s no doubt that building rectangles in construction is much easier than making round objects, which is why building a 366 foot tall sphere in the middle of Las Vegas really caught our eye.
According to the most recent data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, women only account for 9.9% of the workforce in the United States construction industry. To help drive gender diversity in construction and empower women, a new conference will be making its US debut in September, called Women in Construction USA 2019.
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.