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Construction has finally begun on the 709-foot, 61-story skinny residential skyscraper located at 610 Lexington Avenue in Midtown Manhattan. The tower, originally proposed in 2005, was delayed due to the recession in 2007 and eventually put on an indefinite hold in 2009. In March 2012, developer RFR Holding LLC regained control of the site and announced their plans to complete the project.

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  • Date occured Thursday, 06 March 2014

Material testing is about to get underway on the world’s next tallest building in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. The Kingdom Tower will have an architectural height of 1,000 meters once finished, over 130 meters taller the current tallest building the Burj Khalifa. Thornton Tomasetti was hired as the structural engineering firm for skyscraper and the project is expected to cost $1.23 billion. The tower is the first phase of a the three phase Kingdom City development project. The total cost to build Kingdom City will be around $20 billion.

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  • Date occured Thursday, 27 February 2014

Developer Land Securities and Canary Wharf Group submitted a plan on Wednesday to fix the “Death Ray” coming from sunlight bouncing off the Walkie Talkie building. The 160-meter, 34-story office building located at 20 Fenchurch Street in London is currently under construction. Last fall, the skyscraper briefly became a tourist destination due to the car-melting light beam cast by the tower. The beam reached temperatures as high as 110 degrees Celsius in September, and it melted parts of parked cars and even set fire to a doormat at a barbershop. Temporary scaffolding was erected across the street to prevent the sun’s rays from causing damage to nearby buildings and pedestrians, and all parking spots were fenced off so no other cars would be melted.

Plans were revealed today for a new 209-meter, 52-storey skyscraper in Auckland, New Zealand. The tower will be referred to as the NDG Auckland Centre, named after the New Development Group owned by Shanghai businessman Nuru Ding. Once finished, the NDG Auckland Centre will be the largest building in New Zealand and the second tallest structure in the country behind the Sky Tower. The $350 million skyscraper will feature residential space, a hotel, shopping centre, restaurants, cinema, and sky decks. Auckland residents will also look forward to using the building’s 6-storey underground parking structure.

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  • Date occured Wednesday, 12 February 2014

The owner of Rhode Island’s tallest building renewed his effort on Monday to gain support for a public private partnership that would convert the vacant office building into apartments. 111 Westminster Street, formerly the Bank of America Building and commonly referred to as the Superman Building, has been empty since Bank of America removed the last of its employees from the building on April 7, 2013. High Rock Development bought the building for $33.2 million in 2008, and they invested an additional $6 million into the building. This investment quickly began to lose money due to the real estate market meltdown, and the company had to write off $24 million of its own investment.

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  • Date occured Monday, 10 February 2014

Irish Developer Garrett Kelleher announced on Thursday that he has found an investor willing to pay his company’s creditors.  He hopes that this news will allow construction to resume in the near future on the Chicago Spire. The Chicago Spire project began in 2005, and the tower’s design would make it the largest building in the western hemisphere once completed. The 2,000-foot, 150-floor skyscraper was planned to include 1,193 luxury condominiums. The building was designed by Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava and was developed by Garrett Kelleher’s company Shelbourne Development Group, Inc. The project’s primary lender faced financial problems in 2008 caused by the United State’s recession and housing market meltdown, and construction was suspended on the site. Since 2008, Shelbourne Development has continued to try to find financing for the project, but legal actions taken by Anglo Irish Bank caused the Spire project to be handed over to a receiver. The 76-foot by 110-foot hole in the ground along Lake Michigan where the Spire was supposed to be built has not been touched in the last six years.

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  • Date occured Thursday, 06 February 2014

Construction is currently reaching over 600 feet on the 432 Park Avenue residential building in New York.  Once the 1,396-foot, 89-story structure is completed it will be the tallest residential building in the world and the third largest tower in the United States.  The building will actually be taller than One World Trade Center if the height of each building were only measured from the ground to their roof.  Developer CIM Group bought the Drake Hotel in 2006 for $440 million and demolished it to begin construction on the tower.  Rafael Vinoly from SLCE Architects designed the building, and WSP Cantor Seinuk provided the structural engineering services for the project.  Construction began in September 2011 and will finish in mid-2015.  Residents will begin moving in sometime in late 2015 or early 2016.  No details have emerged about the cost of the project.

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  • Date occured Thursday, 06 February 2014
Monday, 03 February 2014 13:15

Melbourne Approves Skinny Skyscraper

The Melbourne Minister of Planning recently approved a 73-story, 230-meter skyscraper that will be just 12 meters wide at its narrowest point when finished. It will primarily be a residential building with 256 apartment units, but the tower will also feature a seven-story lobby that will attract local people to the landmark building.

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  • Date occured Monday, 03 February 2014

Comcast CEO Brian Roberts unveiled on Wednesday the new Comcast Innovation and Technology Center that will be built in downtown Philadeliphia. The 59-story tower will cost around $1.2 billion to build, and it will be home to 4,000 Comcast employees primarily focused on software development and business services.  The skyscraper will also house the area’s local NBC and Telemundo affiliates.  The 1.5 million square foot building will be a joint venture between Comcast and Liberty Property Trust with Comcast controlling 80% of the venture.  The company’s current home, the 58-story Comcast Center also located in Philadelphia, was finished in 2008 and it is currently the 17th tallest building in the United States and the tallest American building outside of New York and Chicago.  Daniel Safarik, editor at the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat, believes it is likely that the new Comcast tower will surpass the Comcast Center as the largest American building outside of New York and Chicago.

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  • Date occured Wednesday, 15 January 2014
Tuesday, 17 December 2013 14:20

Pertamina Energy Tower to Generate Own Power

The Pertamina Energy tower located in Jakarta, Indonesia will become the world’s first skyscraper for which energy generation is the primary focus of the design.  Pertamina is Indonesia’s state-owned oil and gas company and they will use the building for their headquarters when it is completed in 2020.

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