Tag Archive: Construction


Stunning Time-Lapse Video Released For 9/11 Anniversary Shows One World Trade Center’s Spectacular Rise Over The Past Nine Years

 

 

 

” A moving time-lapse video released to commemorate the 12th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks shows the nine-year construction of the 1,776-foot One World Trade Center from the ruins of Ground Zero.

Produced using hundreds of thousands of high definition cameras positioned overlooking the building site, the video was produced by EarthCam and unveils the assembly of the 104-story building which is the tallest in the Western hemisphere.

Starting from the ground and then up, the beginning of the time-lapse shows the cleared area left by the collapsed North and South tower’s become a huge construction site and culminates in the installation of the huge 408-foot, 758-ton silver spire that now tops out the skyscraper.”

 

 

 

As a bonus here is a GoPro video of the spire being lifted into place atop the new building .

 

 

Enjoy !

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We Again Indulge In Our Passion For Lego Art

 

 

” Yep, LEGO pieces.. All the LEGO pieces are 100% original, and can be bought from a LEGO store. Mike Doyle is the mastermind behind all of these amazing creations. Take a look at the pictures and make sure to share your thoughts!

Mike says that the “Victorian Mansion” took him nearly 600 hours to complete! Click the images to view detailed shots.”

 

 

Another Sample

 

You Can View The Rest Here

 

Union Workers “Probably” Torched a Quaker Meetinghouse Over Christmas

 

The operating cabin of a construction crane is rendered useless by fire. The crane is parked on the construction site of the future new Quaker meetinghouse in Chestnut Hill. (Bas Slabbers/for NewsWorks)

 

 

 

 

 ” Police say union workers “almost certainly” torched an under-construction Quaker meetinghouse in northwest Philadelphia four days before Christmas. The Chestnut Hill Friends had hired non-union labor for the project, which discommoded several construction unions.

From the Philadelphia Inquirer:

Vandals with an acetylene torch crept onto the project’s muddy construction site in the middle of the night. Working out of view in the meetinghouse’s freshly cemented basement, they sliced off dozens of bolts securing the bare steel columns and set fire to the building crane, causing $500,000 in damage.”

 

 

More On The Quaker Vandalism Here

 

 

” The suspected arson occurred sometime between 4 p.m. Thursday and 6 a.m. Friday at 20 E. Mermaid Lane, according to police. The incident drew the Philadelphia Fire Department, a bomb squad and representatives from the Police Civil Affairs Unit.

No explosives were found on site, according to police.

No arrests have yet been made.

About a dozen locations at the site – the future home of a brand new worship space for the Chestnut Hill Friends Meeting – were allegedly targeted, said Rob Reeves, owner of the merit shop E. Allen Reeves, Inc., the general contractor for the project.

Vandals cut anchor bolts and took acetylene torches to structural steel columns in the future meeting house’s community room, said Reeves. The cab of a subcontractor’s crane also suffered significant fire damage.

“I have a strong suspicion its union people,” said Reeves as he looked over the site. “The issue here is violence and bullying.”

Reeves noted that the construction site’s superintendent reported that five or six union representatives from different trades had recently come to the building site. One had even made threatening remarks, said Reeves.

The alleged attack, said Reeves, is about power, with the ultimate goal of union control of all construction work being done in the city. He said violent tactics continue because politicians, the business community and the public do not condemn it.

“It’s domestic terrorism,” he asserted.”

 

Acetylene torches were used to cut through structural steel columns. (Bas Slabbers/ for NewsWorks)

 

 

 

 

Related … Very Detailed Expose Of Union Misdeeds With Videos

 

 

On the screen we see an engineering contractor who wants to enter the controversial Goldtex construction site at 12th and Wood streets, only to find his path blocked by eight union men. With mincing steps, the non-union contractor—a middle-aged man in a blue short-sleeved shirt—tries to sneak in behind them, sidling through a narrow gap between a temporary chain-link fence and a stone wall. But the union men spot him, move toward the fence, and start to lean against it. Then we see four of them take turns pushing—using the fence like a microscope slide to fix the contractor against the wall. In one of the videos, you can hear the man start to cry out, his voice tremulous as he’s crushed. Finally, he slumps to the ground.

The most troubling part, though, isn’t the sight of the men trapping the contractor; it’s the brief glimpse of one of the protesters grinning as the contractor wails. And the way the union guys stroll casually away from the scene when their victim collapses.

“It’s standard for construction sites to have surveillance cameras,” says one of the two 30-something brothers responsible for capturing the incident on video, Michael Pestronk. “The only novel thing we did, which just seemed obvious to me, was to post the videos on the Internet.” And with that, everything changed.

Until this year, getting something built in Philly meant meeting union demands. No one had dared to challenge the power of this city’s Building and Construction Trades Council, a consortium of nearly three dozen unions representing 45,000 people. Then Matt and Mike Pestronk undertook the renovation of the old Goldtex ladies’ shoe factory in the Loft District part of the city, a 10-story building they planned to convert into 163 apartments.

A $38 million project, the Goldtex deal is just the sort of high-profile, good-money job this city’s unions have held a lock on since—well, forever. But the Pestronks first did the unusual: They bid the job out to both union and non-union contractors. Then they did the unthinkable: They awarded union contractors just 40 percent of the deal, including demolition and electrical work. The rest isn’t history so much as history in the making.

The unions responded to the Pestronks fiercely, declaring a mixed site of union and non-union workers a “disaster” and refusing what work they were offered. “All or none” went the battle cry, a herald of time-tested tactics.

As early as January, protesters began passing out fliers, chanting, and marching with signs. Eventually they blocked delivery trucks hauling in materials and equipment. They harassed non-union counterparts, daring them to fight. A few times, push came to shove. They poured oil across the site’s entrance. They printed fliers with a photo of Matt Pestronk’s wife superimposed with an erect penis and the oddly oblique message “Carrie Pestronk likes to get hard with it.”

 

They planted caltrops, old-school union contraptions made of nails and designed to flatten tires. And they uttered nasty, brutish threats. The brothers say that Building Trades business manager Pat Gillespie told them that unless they hired an all-union workforce, the project would “never get built.” Another time, as Michael Pestronk entered the worksite, voices cried out among the protesters: “You’re dead!”

There’s more, but all of it is typical of the rough-and-tumble sport of Philadelphia development. What was new was the response. Instead of cowering or capitulating, the Pestronks used batteries of video cameras to record the activities of picketing union members, which they posted online at YouTube and a website they dubbed “phillybully.com.” And the effect was galvanic.

For many years, Building Trades has been criticized—usually in fearful whispers—for stifling development and economic growth, shutting out new investors, and undermining this city’s entire political process. But the videos shot and posted by the Pestronks provided something to go with all those allegations: evidence. Footage of leering, chuckling union men spitting profanities—so afraid of losing what they have, they can’t see what they’ve become.

Since the first videos went up in spring, the tide of public sentiment has turned, and the Pestronks won a court order restricting the picketers’ behavior. But in coming years, the Goldtex battle and the techniques employed there may be seen in grander, historical terms: as the moment that started the unraveling of Building Trades’ vast economic and political power, and perhaps of Philadelphia’s entire power structure.

So this is a story about more than how new-school technology defeated old-school bully tactics. It’s a story about how a single apartment building, and the two guys who wanted to build it, created the opportunity for an entire city to come unstuck in time.

 

Originally published in Philadelphia Magazine, November 2012

  Check out 40 years of progress , both good and not so good , on earth as viewed from space by NASA’s satellites .

” NASA’s Landsat program on Monday celebrated its satellites providing the longest ever continuous view of Earth. For 40 years, the satellites have been recording from space a view of what’s going on with Earth,
capturing natural land changes as well as a slew of human activity including population changes and farming.

   According to NASA, the program provides “direct societal benefits” as it pertains to “human and environmental health, energy
and water management, urban planning, disaster recovery and agriculture.” Wired describes the program’s images as the “most
historically significant images of Earth from space.” “