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Elon Musk, frustrated by LA’s heavy traffic, has proposed to create tunnels for an underground transportation system. And his newly established Boring Company, is exploring ways to cut down tunneling costs, in order to make his plan feasible. 

Los Angeles city leaders and officials broke ground last Tuesday at LAX’s Terminal 1 to signify the start of a $508 million modernization project. The thirty year-old terminal is the busiest terminal at the airport as it handled 9.65 million travelers in 2013. In addition to renovating Terminal 1, LAX has also been upgrading other parts of the airport including the new $1.9 billion Tom Bradley International Airport, Terminal 6, and parts of the airfield to accommodate larger planes. The projects are expected to create 4,000 construction jobs as well as 2,000 new concession jobs at the airport.

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  • Date occured Tuesday, 16 September 2014

A decade after the identification of potentially vulnerable concrete school buildings across the state of California, a new report published by UC Berkeley based Pacific Earthquake Engineering Research Center (PEER) brings attention back to the older concrete LA buildings. The list contains 1,454 buildings, including schools, offices, theaters, churches and many residential buildings. 

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The Los Angeles Department of Building and Safety ordered more seismic testing to determine if an earthquake fault line runs below the site for the Millennium Hollywood project located at the center of Hollywood’s historic downtown. The project’s developers hired geologists and engineers to perform testing, and their results did not agree with a 2006 map created by the California Geological Survey. The city geologist spoke with Millennium Hollywood’s developers and requested further trench testing. The developer’s engineers and geologists will conduct more testing and resubmit their findings to confirm that the project will not be built on a fault line.

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  • Date occured Friday, 23 May 2014
Thursday, 23 January 2014 01:40

Construction to Start on Los Angeles Hotel

Construction will start February 15th on the Wilshire Grand Hotel development in Los Angeles, California. When built, the 1,110-foot hotel will be the tallest structure in the western United States. Pouring the concrete for the building’s foundation will be the first step in constructing the hotel. The contractors plan to pour the whole foundation, 21,000 cubic yards of concrete, continuously over three days. This will break the Guinness World Record for the longest continuous concrete pour. It will take 2,120 truckloads of concrete and will weigh 82 million pounds.

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  • Date occured Wednesday, 22 January 2014