Construction

Prefabrication – The Past Of The Future

While I rarely have much to do with new buildings, I read various engineering and design journals, so I’m reasonably familiar with the topics of the day. For some time now, there’s been discussion of prefabrication as the future of construction. More accurately, there’s been talk of expanding the extent of prefabrication, as some has …

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High Steel at Queensboro

No great insight with these pictures, but they’re fun to look at. Above, working on the roadway of the Queensboro Bridge in 1907. This angle emphasizes the “blacksmith’s shop” aspect of the bridge. Seen in profile, it’s not quite so overwhelming: But the highlight is this view, also 1907, of ironworkers on top of the …

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High Steel At Met Life

Continuing yesterday’s discussion of construction methods, today’s an OSHA nightmare. The nightmare starts with the picture above, where we have four steel workers high up without fall protection, hard hats, eye protection, proper gloves, and so on. They’re some 400 feet up erecting the frame of the Met Life Tower, the tallest building in the …

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A Different Take On Curtain Walls At Penn Station

I used the picture above once before to discuss the hole in front of Penn Station, which eventually became the Hotel Pennsylvania. Because the hotel was not yet built, this photo provides one of the few nearly-head-on views of the east facade of the station, on Seventh Avenue, which was its main facade. This is …

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Access For Building The Manhattan Bridge

The construction of a large bridge presents a problem that the construction of a tall building does not: the bridge has to, in some way, be bootstrapped. What does that mean? In order to build a structure over a river, you need a way to get over the river. You don’t need to start 1000 …

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