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.
London's Crossrail, the most significant infrastructure project currently in the U.K. aims to improve commuting services across London, alleviate congestion and completely modify traveling around the capital.
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.
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.
A second harbour tunnel is within the State Infrastructure Strategy's development plans in Sydney. The new tunnel will be an extension to the M2 motorway, connecting Balmain to Lane Cove, and will offer motorists a bypass to the congested inner city.
An animation was released last week showing what a ride on the world’s tallest roller coaster will feel like. The 570-foot roller coaster called “Skyscraper” will be built in Orlando, Florida and will open in 2017. It was designed by Orlando-based architectural firm HHCP and will be built by Eufforia. The “Skyscraper” will be built on top of a new 495,000 square-foot shopping and entertainment complex on Orlando’s International Drive. Once completed, the roller coaster will overtake the 465-foot tall Kingda Ka at Six Flags Great Adventure in Jackson, New Jersey as the world’s tallest roller coaster. Construction is set to begin early next year and take two years to complete.
While Philae's landing attempts are still under progress, a set of 10 high end instruments will significantly contribute to the understanding of the comet's composition, in a way that was never possible before.