Video: Work complete on foundation of the world’s next tallest building

Construction Junkie's Shane Hedmond shared a video marking completion of work on the foundation at "The Tower" in Jeddah: The final height of the building has yet to be announced, which is common for supertall buildings, as those involved want to avoid tipping their hand to fellow supertall building developers. It’s expected that the tower … Continue reading Video: Work complete on foundation of the world’s next tallest building

Does skyscraper sway contribute to “sick building syndrome” symptoms?

Upper floors in skyscrapers have incredible views, but with those views comes the occasional unnerving sensation that the building is swaying in the wind. The Ladders' Jane Burnett writes: In a University of Exeter statement on the study, Dr Antony Darby, Head of Civil Engineering at the University of Bath, commented on how well people tolerate … Continue reading Does skyscraper sway contribute to “sick building syndrome” symptoms?

View from the Top: West Coast’s tallest building(*) makes its mark on the San Francisco skyline

With 1.4-million square feet of habitable space, spread out among 61 floors, the Salesforce Tower in San Francisco is projected to be the tallest building "West of the Mississippi" topping out at 1,070 feet above ground. (It should be noted that while the top of the spire at the Wilshire Grand in LA will reach … Continue reading View from the Top: West Coast’s tallest building(*) makes its mark on the San Francisco skyline

World’s first rotating skyscraper coming soon to where else? Dubai, of course.

One of my favorite things about the new Apple TV is the screensaver that comes on after sitting idle for a bit. There are several slow-moving, but highly cinematic low flyovers of several iconic cities. The pass over Abu Dhabi in Dubai is stunning, to say the least. In a country known for outlandish skyscrapers, … Continue reading World’s first rotating skyscraper coming soon to where else? Dubai, of course.

Every building tells a story. Here’s the story behind some of the world’s most iconic buildings

Oftentimes when evaluating issues behind building failures, claims or disputes, those of us working on the forensic side of things find that a major driver of various concerns is something we call a "story problem." In other words, the story behind the evolution of the building's design and construction is just as relevant as the observable physical … Continue reading Every building tells a story. Here’s the story behind some of the world’s most iconic buildings