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Many Cleveland residents were woken early on Saturday morning by the noise from the Inner Belt Bridge demolition. Controlled explosives were used to demolish five of the nine steel spans of the bridge over the Cuyahoga River around 6 a.m. local time. The Ohio Department of Transportation closed all roads within a 1,000-foot radius during the demolition. They also set up a viewing area for the public to watch the demolition nearby.  A video showing the span collapsing in a matter of seconds can be found here.

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  • Date occured Saturday, 12 July 2014

After years of delays, the Harmon Hotel demolition is officially underway in Las Vegas. A Judge issued an order on May 5 that allowed the building’s owners to move forward with the demolition. The building cannot be imploded like most other buildings in Las Vegas due to its location and connection to the Crystal Shopping Center. Officials from MGM Resorts said that workers started removing scrap metal and other material from inside the empty building last week. Pedestrian protection systems will be installed around the property this week and one sidewalk will be closed down to protect those passing by the Harmon Hotel during the next year. MGM plans to have a crane arrive in the near future to begin removing the building piece by piece.

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  • Date occured Friday, 20 June 2014

New York City officials unveiled an emergency housing unit prototype at a parking lot in Brooklyn on Tuesday. The prototype was developed in response to the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy. All available apartments in the city were rented shortly after the storm ended by people whose homes were damaged by the storm.  However there was not nearly enough vacant apartments to handle the demand and many people became sick of living in hotel rooms. Many New Yorkers had no other choice except to remain in their damaged, water-logged homes.

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  • Date occured Tuesday, 10 June 2014
Tuesday, 03 June 2014 10:27

New York Tomorrow Skyscraper Proposal

New York Tomorrow, submitted by architects from the firm Fundamental, recently received runner-up honors in Metropolis Magazine’s Living Cities Competition.  The magazine’s competition is open to students and professionals and calls for proposals for multi-use residential towers for the 21st century. The building lot for New York Tomorrow is located on East 68th Street in New York City. The design overcomes the lot’s small site size (18 by 70 feet) by cantilevering the tower’s lobby out over a neighboring building. The design relies on revolutionary structural design technology and a unique multi-purpose space to draw in potential residents.

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  • Date occured Tuesday, 03 June 2014

The Willis Tower Skydeck is one of the most popular and unique tourist attractions in Chicago. The Skydeck features four boxes known as The Ledge that allows visitors to step outside of the Willis Tower and look down at the street below. The view of the city from 1,353 feet is fantastic, and on a clear day one can see as far as the Wisconsin border. While the first steps onto The Ledge are scary and exciting at the same time, one California family had a bigger scare than usual when they first experienced the Ledge.  

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  • Date occured Friday, 30 May 2014

The $1.2 billion Gerald Desmond Bridge replacement project recently got underway in Long Beach, California. The project will replace the existing 46-year old bridge with a newer, wider bridge that will open in less than three years. The California Department of Transportation and the Port of Long Beach joined together to oversee the design and construction of a bridge that will not only improve freight movement into the port, but also relieve congestion and allow easier access for cars and trucks to the Port of Long Beach. According to Port of Long Beach officials, almost 15 percent of the United State’s waterborne cargo travels over the Gerald Desmond Bridge.

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  • Date occured Thursday, 29 May 2014

Construction is about to begin on the first project in Vermont to use lateral slide construction. The project will build two new bridges over interstate 91 near Burlington, Vermont. The two bridges will be constructed adjacent to the existing bridges and then will be slid into their proper place to finish the project. This relatively new construction method is becoming increasingly popular in highway construction, and the record was recently set for the world’s longest truss slide.

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  • Date occured Tuesday, 27 May 2014

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
Tuesday, 20 May 2014 12:20

Honolulu Rail Project Underway

The Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation (HART) is expected to open bidding on $1.3 billion worth of contracts for the planned Honolulu Rail Project this week. The controversial $5.2 billion project was approved by voters in 2010 and will be completed in two phases with the first phase operational in 2017 and the second in 2019. A rail system on the island of Oahu has encountered strong resistance since the idea was first proposed in the 1960s and was the main issue of the 2008 Honolulu elections, but the project is now moving forward and it has strong federal support. Those opposed to the project cite the project’s cost, potential for cost overruns, and increased traffic during the construction phase as their main concerns with building the rail system. Honolulu already has some of the worst traffic of any city in the United States, and it is expected to get worse as work begins on building the tracks.

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  • Date occured Tuesday, 20 May 2014

Last week Professor Wang Mengshu from Beijing Jiaotang University’s tunnel and underground engineering research center revealed that China is considering building a high-speed train that would travel between China and the United States. The rail line is being referred to as the China-Russia-Canada-America line. The train, averaging 350 kilometers per hour throughout the 13,000 km trip, would arrive in the United States from Beijing in less than two days. While Professor Wang Mengshu, also an academic at the Chinese Academy of Engineering, believes the technology exists to build the world’s largest underwater tunnel necessary to complete the line, many question whether the Chinese government supports the proposal or has the funds to complete the project.

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  • Date occured Tuesday, 13 May 2014
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