November 16, 2014 |
During a 2013 preelection tour of colleges, Gov. Christie and other state officials, including top Democrats, took golden shovels in hand for "ceremonial groundbreakings" heralding state funding of a construction boom to increase capacity at New Jersey campuses. A year later, some South Jersey projects drawing on a voter-approved $750 million capital fund are underway, such as several buildings at the community college in Gloucester County. But on other "shovel-ready" projects the state approved last year, physical work has not progressed since Christie's tour, which, in one case, required bringing in a pile of dirt for the event.
September 1, 2014 |
West Deptford High School student Elizabeth Pass says she never realized how complicated it was to select the appropriate paint color for a room. "It is a lot harder than I thought," said Pass, an aspiring engineer who is interested in design, and who likes to "know how things work and how they're put together. " Pass and fellow student Aja Andrews, members of the Gloucester County school's Distributive Education Club of America chapter, helped design the interior of a model home at D.R. Horton's the Fields at West Deptford single-family community, at Parkville Station and West Jessup Road.
October 1, 2013 |
HARRY M. PERKS was the guy who got things done. Whether it was supervising the building of the Pennsylvania Convention Center and monitoring its expansion, building new public schools, renovating the library, the zoo and the Academy of Music, building Veterans Stadium, the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts and myriad other construction projects. Oh, as the city streets commissioner in the 1980s, he coped with Philadelphia's periodically critical trash-disposal problem. When the convention center was completed on time and on budget in 1993, the late Willard G. Rouse III, then chairman of the center authority, gave full credit to Harry Perks, the executive director.
July 14, 2012 |
She'll talk after all. After a six-month standoff, former state Supreme Court Justice Sandra Schultz Newman gave up the fight Thursday and said she would answer questions in a lawsuit over the controversial effort to build a new, $200 million Family Court building. Her reversal came one day after she appeared at a law office at the court-ordered time for a deposition and then refused to answer questions or turn over thousands of pages of documents. Newman has decided to waive her claim that she had immunity from the process, though she still believes that she has it, according to her lawyer, Gene D. Cohen.
July 12, 2012 |
‘Set in Stone," the University of Chicago Cultural Policy Center's recently released study about the misguided cultural building boom of the 1990s and 2000s, has generated commentary around the country, including in The Inquirer. The study portrays a climate of cultural organizations gone wild, betting their futures on their ability to build and manage glamorous new buildings. Sadly, the good advice of the study and the ensuing commentary is being offered with 20/20 hindsight to many organizations that are now in financial turmoil as a result of such projects.
March 13, 2012 |
The damaged stone veneer at the entrance of Camden's Lanning Square School at Fetters is enough of a hazard that repairing it is among 76 projects designated a high priority Monday by the state Schools Development Authority. But the seemingly welcome news was met with anger and suspicion by some city residents and activists, who wondered when Lanning Square children will get the new school they have awaited since 2002. The old Lanning Square Elementary was demolished in 2005, and its students were divided between Fetters and another century-old school - temporarily, residents were told - while a replacement was to be built.
March 11, 2012 |
SOCHI, Russia - If he were alive today, Joseph Stalin wouldn't recognize the place. This subtropical Black Sea resort of nearly 350,000 residents at the foot of the snowcapped Caucasus Mountains is on the verge of becoming a major international destination since being designated the site of the 2014 Winter Olympics and the 2018 World Cup. More than 100 building projects are under way, as a capitalist fervor grips the city, fueled by...
February 20, 2011 |
Private construction companies hope to slap tolls on I-95, U.S. 422, and other crowded freeways. They're using the antitax, spending-cut mood gripping voters and state capitals, after three years of recession, to push for private highway, bridge, and building projects. Companies would replace governments in financing these projects up front, and collecting tolls from users, to reap future profits. A proposal gaining steam in Harrisburg would set up a "Public-Private Transportation Partnership Board," appointed by the governor and state legislators, to decide what to build and which builders to hire.
February 6, 2011 |
For eight years, Gov. Ed Rendell trumpeted a program that shelled out $2 billion for building projects, including sports stadiums, museum wings, hospital additions, and factory expansions. The goal: Create jobs, stir the economy, and preserve Pennsylvania's heritage. Legislators pitched many of the projects, and the governor chose which got funded - typically without any debate or public discussion. Now, a looming state deficit, a swelling debt load, and criticism of some of Rendell's last grants - $10 million each that was initially alotted for an Arlen Specter Library and a John Murtha Public Policy Center, for instance - have unleashed a new round of scrutiny on the Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program, called R-Cap.
November 26, 2009 |
When it comes to building projects, this one's a monster. The construction zone is essentially the entire country. The builders are a variety of specialists, including architects, plumbers, masons, and lighting, heating, ventilation, and air-conditioning experts. Since July, they have been meeting in cities - they were in Philadelphia last month - to construct not with bricks and steel beams, but with words. The goal: a code to guide all development of green commercial buildings in the United States.