Category: Construction Systems

The Epic Construction of One Vanderbilt Ave, New York City

One Vanderbilt Ave, in New York City is nearing its completion. This new Leed Certified tower is rising beside historic Grand Central Station in Midtown Manhattan. The project started in 2015 with the demolition of a group of older early 20th century era buildings that occupied the block bounded by Madison Avenue, Vanderbilt Avenue, and… Read More »

Construction Site Safety: Then and Now

Work site safety has dramatically changed and been improved in the last 100 years. But only because workers fought for the institution of safety requirements in industries such as mining, steel production, construction and general manufacturing. There were no generalized requirements for construction safety, or fall protection netting on construction projects. Children routinely worked in… Read More »

Façade Containment: Thurgood Marshall Building

The Thurgood Marshall Federal Judiciary Building occupies a site on Columbus circle beside Union Station and The Securities and Exchange commission, in Washington D.C. Its surface is constructed from white granite which matches the nearby buildings. When it was designed, an important consideration was that its appearance should echo some of the design features of… Read More »

Façade Protection Netting Case Study: The Woolworth Building

From the time its construction was finalized in 1912, The Woolworth Building in New York City remained the tallest building in the world until 1930, when construction of the Chrysler Building and the Bank of Manhattan Trust Building (40 Wall Street) was completed. As America’s architectural landmarks age, they face rehabilitation programs which involve tight… Read More »

Building a Barrier? Why Not Nets?

Netting can be the perfect solution for temporary and lightweight barriers. Sometimes the solution to a costly, nagging problem comes as the Eureka moment when creative thinking is applied. For example, think of situations where people (or animals) need to be kept from veering into certain areas. This could be for safety, security or other… Read More »

Construction Drives Technology Innovations

Have you noticed how fast some new construction projects get completed these days? Within months or even weeks, a plot of empty or defunct real estate can be completely transformed into a vibrant shopping village, office building or residential complex. Advancing technologies make it all possible. We can thank the construction industry for developing many… Read More »