May 16, 2020

Beautiful builds in New York

Empire State Building
Hearst Building
NY buildings
One World Trade Centre
Catherine Sturman
3 min
Hearst Tower, New York
With a population of around nine million, New York is the most populated city within the United States and is at the forefront of construction, design a...

With a population of around nine million, New York is the most populated city within the United States and is at the forefront of construction, design amongst an array of technologies.

We take a look at eight builds within New York which drive further numbers into the city, boosting the local economy whilst inspiring future designers and architects.

1. One World Trade Centre

Completed in 2014, the One World Trade Centre has become the sixth tallest building in the world.

The mixed use building comprises of offices, an observation deck for tourists and restaurants. The building has also been developed with sustainability in mind, such as the use of recycled materials and initiatives, such as the rainwater collection system which will support the cooling of the building.

2. Empire State Building

Completed in 1931, the 102 storey Empire State Building is one of the most iconic buildings within New York, becoming a National Historic Landmark in 1986.

Constructed from limestone, the building houses over a thousand businesses and two observation decks, which have been visited by over 100 million people.

Incorporating an art deco style, the build is constructed predominately with steel and glass, creating a light, open and airy space.

The building underwent extensive renovation work in 2009 which has transformed the building’s sustainabile iniatives. In 2011, the Empire State Building received a gold rating in LEED builds.

3. St Patrick’s Cathedral

Built in 1878, St Patrick’s Cathedral showcases a neo-gothic style, but has undergone extensive renovation.

4. Grand Central Terminal

Originally opening in 1871, the Grand Central Terminal is a popular tourist attraction within New York, attracting over 20 million visitors a year, and has undergone extensive renovation throughout the years to cater for the increased supply and demand.

Constructed predominately from granite, the Terminal has become a National Historic Landmark, incorporating elaborate designs throughout.

The terminal contains various restaurants and stores and also holds events. The build continues to inspire architects to this day.

5. Brooklyn Bridge

Originally built in 1883, the Brooklyn Bridge is one of the oldest and beautiful bridges to be constructed in the world.

Built from cement, granite and limestone, the bridge has become a National Historic Landmark.

6. Woolworth Building

Designed by architect Cass Gilbert, the Woolworth Building is one of the tallest skyscrapers in New York.

Incorporating a neo-Gothic style, the building is set to be renovated to comprise a number of luxury apartments, after 30 floors were purchased by developers in 2012 for nearly $70 million.

7. Bank of America Tower (BOAT)

With a total height of 366 metres, the Bank of America Tower is one of the most sustainable skyscrapers in the world, obtaining Platinum LEED certification.

Completed in 2009 and comprising sustainable design features, the building is also built with slag and concrete, reducing the level of greenhouse gases.

8. Hearst Tower

Built in 2006, the Hearst Tower houses an array of media companies, and was one of the initial green office builds in New York.

Designed by architect Norman Foster, the skyscraper has received LEED Gold for its sustainable initiatives.

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Jun 24, 2021

Skanska invests $225m in Houston office project

Skanska
offices
Sustainability
Drones
Dominic Ellis
2 min
Skanska plans to build a 28-floor office tower in Houston as its London office receives WELL Platinum sustainability ranking and drone trials are underway

Skanska is investing US$225m in an office development project, 1550 on the Green in Houston, with construction expected to begin in June and scheduled to be completed in 2024.

The construction contract is worth US$125M, which will be included in the Q2 order bookings. International law firm Norton Rose Fulbright has signed a 15-year lease for about 30 percent of the building.

Located at 1550 Lamar Street, adjacent to Discovery Green, in downtown Houston, Skanska plans to develop and build a 28-floor, 34,800 square meter office tower.

1550 on the Green will be the first part of a three-block master plan by Skanska, which will transform the parcels into a distinguished district known as Discovery West and consist of 3.5 acres of mixed-use development full of restaurants, retail and lush green space. The project will target LEED and WiredScore Platinum certifications.

Since 2009, Skanska has invested a total of US$2.8 billion in commercial and multi-family projects, creating more than 1 million square meters of sustainable and community focused developments in select U.S. markets. Skanska USA had sales of SEK66 billion in 2020 with 7,600 employees in its operations.

Skanska’s flagship London office has set the standard in sustainable workspaces by becoming the first in the UK to achieve WELL Platinum under the new v2 pilot scheme.

The accreditation from the International WELL Building Institute (IWBI) was awarded through the v2 pilot, the newest version of the WELL Building Standard. It looks at all building features and management processes – from air and water quality to lighting, acoustics, nutrition, thermal comfort and mental wellbeing. It’s widely recognised as the industry yardstick for measuring how workspaces can contribute to the wellbeing of occupants.

The offices – which span three floors of the newly developed 51 Moorgate – contain floor-to-ceiling windows for extensive natural light, dedicated wellbeing and quiet spaces, as well as stringent air and water quality monitoring, among a range of other features that have helped earn the standard.

The company has also been exploring drone flights for use in industrial environments.

Peter Cater, Development Manager, said it was invited to carry out trials because of its use and knowledge of drone capability. "The trials have benefited everyone involved: sees.ai get to test their equipment and remote use of the drones and we get access to accurate, real-time data on our construction activities which benefits us and our customer, the Defence Infrastructure Organisation."

“Projects like this – at the forefront of innovation – go to show what an exciting industry construction is to be involved in. We are always looking for innovative ways of working, ways to be more sustainable so we can find better solutions for our customers. These trials are just one small part of our digital transformation journey.”

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