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.
Overall, Oregon was in the middle of the pack with regards to hourly wage for the 25 construction professions analyzed, with an average ranking of 18. However, the Northwest state has the 3rd highest cost of living, according to MERIC, as it costs 31% more to live there versus the average state.
Maryland is ranked 7th in highest cost of living wages according to MERIC, which dropped their overall hourly wage ranking from around 20th to the 48th ranked state.
California fell victim to its extremely high cost of living, much like Hawaii did.
Hawaii, as beautiful of a place as it is to be, is unfortunately ranked last on our list of best places to work.
If your company did not electronically submitted its 2016 OSHA 300A injury and illness log to OSHA before December 31, 2017, they could be facing an other-than-serious violation with a maximum penalty of $12,934. We tried to warn you, and warn you, and warn you again.
Union vs non-union is an argument that has raged on for decades and in many comment sections on various Construction Junkie posts. What is not up for the debate is that union members certainly make more than their non-union counterparts
St Patrick’s Day was just a few short days ago and, while everyone else was busy wearing green and justifying the massive amounts of alcohol they were consuming, employees of Netherlands based Oasen, a utility company, were busy finding an actual pot of gold.
Welders are essential on many construction jobs throughout the US, especially in bridge construction and high rise buildings. The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) groups Welders, Cutters, Solderers, and Brazers into one category, but their jobs essentially boil down to joining and cutting metal.
Last Thursday, every construction professional’s worst nightmare happened. Lives were lost, both construction workers and civilians, by way of the catastrophic collapse of FIU’s under construction pedestrian bridge. We shared what we knew as of late Thursday night, but since this is not only a tragedy directly related to construction, but also a huge learning opportunity for the entire industry, I wanted to make sure we continued to follow and update on the story as it develops.