When completed The New Royal Adelaide Hospital (RAH), in South Australia, will be the third most expensive building in the world behind the One World Trade Center in New York City and Bucharest’s Palace of the Parliament ($3.9 and $3.0 billion respectively). The project is expected to be finished by the end of 2016 and will cost $2.1 billion (US) beating both The Shard in London and the Palazzo in Las Vegas (both cost $1.9 billion). The 11-storey hospital, the largest capital investment project in the history of South Australia, will have 800 beds and is expected to admit more than 80,000 patients every year. Designed by Silver Thomas Hanley and Design Inc (STHDI), the facility is being funded exclusively by taxpayers in South Australia and is projected to service the healthcare needs of the state for decades to come.
A great dispute has started in Albion California, with regards to the Albion River Bridge replacement. The bridge is the last wooden bridge along California's coastal highway and Caltrans wants to replace it with an arched concrete structure. A group of residents characterized by supporters of the replacement plans the "sentimentalists" object to the demolition of te bridge as they consider it an element of their eccentricity.
The Coast Guard, along with Quincy, Boston and Massachusetts State police, set up a 1000-yard safety zone between Moon Island and Long Island on March 23rd. Shortly after, with a large burst of smoke, a 750-foot-long section of the Long Island Bridge, in Boston, was demolished. The demolition targeted three sections of the bridge, sections 12, 13 and 14 – each 250 feet long. The demolition, by Walsh Construction Co., is expected to cost $20.6 million and is to be completed by the end of April.
Ohio governor committed to rebuild the Buckeye Lake dam to adress the significant flooding risks associated with the aging embankment, which has been showing signs of decay during the past decades. The dam replacement will require lowering of the lake water level and is estimated to take five years to complete.
Winning designs of the Bristol Arena were announced this week! The £90 million project located next to Bristol Temple Meads railway station, in the Bristol Temple Quarter Enterprise Zone, is estimated to open by 2017.
Broad Sustainable Building, a construction company in China, recently built a 57-floor, 2-million-square-foot skyscraper in just 19 days. That is an average of three floors per day. The building has 19 10-meter-tall atriums, enough office space for 4000 people and 800 apartments. The structure is made up of prefabricated sections that reduced the use of concrete by 15,000 trucks, which translates into less dust released into the air.
The world’s population is rising and with it are food demands. Policymakers are targeting Africa’s wet savannas as expendable areas easily converted into cropland. A study out from Princeton University finds that such a conversion to farmland would come at a high environmental cost.