Good morning and welcome back to another round of news you should know as summer is officially ending and we enter another pandemic. When in the United States this long weekend is the perfect time to relax. unless you were one of the millions hit by Hurricane Ida in the past few days.
The following is going on today:
The New York Times is digitally recreating Champlain Towers South to expose its design flaws
The site of the fatal tower collapse in Surfside, Florida has officially hit the market, but questions remain as to what caused the condo building in Champlain Towers South to collapse. Now the New York Times has put together a forensic replica of the tower flying through the 3D modeled structure to pinpoint likely points of failure and areas of delayed maintenance. Factors such as planters that were not originally intended for the deck above the parking garage (which resulted in ingress of water and tens of thousands of pounds of extra weight on the structural pillars) and flaws in the original construction were all meticulously worked out.
H / t to the New York Times
250 Water Street Tower gets into trouble with funding for the South Street Seaport Museum
The SOM-designed, Howard Hughes Corporation-funded 250 Water Street Tower project in South Street Seaport has reportedly stalled as New York officials work to deliver the $ 50 million promised to the battered South Street Seaport Museum to transfer important part of the approval of the project. The city and Howard Hughes are currently working to formalize the process, but Manhattan District President Gale Brewer is withholding support for 250 Water Street until a formal agreement can be reached.
H / t to The Real Deal
The delta variant continues to hold back the construction industry
Despite a resurgent boom in design and construction demand, the delta variant of COVID has dragged the construction industry down. As the more infectious variant of COVID-19 continues to cause a rise in cases worldwide, the virus is causing (familiar) material and labor shortages, price increases, skyrocketing transportation costs and rampant inflation. This last point is particularly prominent as a new study by Associated Builders and Contractors found that construction spending on non-residential buildings was essentially unchanged in July, but inflation caused the volume of work to decrease compared to the previous month.
H / t to construction dive
In Waterbury, Connecticut, the Mattatuck Museum expansion is finally complete
Boston-based Ann Beha Architects completed the renovation and expansion of the Mattatuck Museum in Waterbury, Connecticut, adding 6,8000 square feet of new space to the 144-year-old institution. The two wings of what is now the local museum of the Regional Museum of History and Art, a former Masonic temple from 1912, were formally connected by the new, zinc-clad annex that rises on the corner of the property between the two different halves. A 3,300 square meter green roof terrace (open to the public, but also bookable for private events) crowns the new one-story extension.
A historic (but not authentic) totem pole falls in Tacoma
A totem pole in Tacoma, Washington, once touted as the tallest in the world, has been cut down and removed. On August 3, city workers arrived with chainsaws to cut up the totem pole originally built before President Teddy Roosevelt’s visit to the city on May 22, 1903. The problem? Despite claims made by the original builders, the totem pole was not carved by indigenous peoples at all and falsely represents the local Puyallup tribe. The city will be commissioning new art for Fireman’s Park from the Coast Salish and is working to find a new permanent home for the remains of the old pole, which underwent extensive restoration and restoration in 1974 through 1976 and later in 2014.
H / t to the Seattle Times