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Passengers flying out of Toronto’s Billy Bishop Airport have been accustomed to a unique additional step to reaching their gate when trying to catch a flight. Instead of being dropped off in front of the airport and walking inside to receive one’s boarding pass and go through security, travelers flying through Billy Bishop Airport must take a 90-second ferry ride across Lake Ontario to reach their gate. Billy Bishop Airport is located on an island in Lake Ontario, located two miles from the downtown area. While many passengers enjoy the ferry ride, others have complained that the quarter-hourly crossings cause a lot of stress for passengers trying to make their flight. is pleased to announce the December issue #90 of the monthly e-newsletter !

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Thursday, 18 December 2014 10:47

Top 20 most popular structural news in 2014! Featured

As the end of the year approaches, we are glad to present 2014’s top 20 most popular breaking news in structural engineering.

The ten-foot thick foundation mat for Comcast’s new Innovation and Technology Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania was successfully poured on Saturday. Concrete contractor B. Pietrini & Sons started pouring the foundation around 1 a.m on Saturday and finished roughly twelve hours later. The contractor coordinated 50 concrete trucks making over 400 deliveries to the jobsite on Saturday morning making the building’s foundation one of the largest concrete pours in Philadelphia history.

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While One World Trade Center in New York tops the list of the tallest buildings in the western hemisphere, it also holds another distinction it is probably not so proud of: the world’s most expensive skyscraper. Buildings Analyst Emporis recently released a list of the top ten costliest skyscrapers in history. The $3.9 billion One World Trade Center tops the list followed by the $1.9 billion Pallazo in Las Vegas and the $1.9 billion The Shard in London. In fifth place is the world’s tallest building, the Burj Khalifa. The $1 billion Bank of America building in New York is North America’s third representative on the list.

Tuesday, 02 December 2014 11:38

2015’s Tallest Buildings

CNN recently compiled a list of the world’s tallest buildings scheduled for completion in 2015. The top ten list is dominated by China and the Middle east which each having four and three representatives on the list respectively. The Vostok Tower and the OSO-South Tower, both being built in Moscow, provide Russia with two buildings on the list, and North America’s lone representative comes from 432 Park Avenue in New York City.

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