August 7, 2016 |
The word audit usually conjures a boring - and sometimes terrifying - tableau of invoices, spreadsheets, and calculators. But ask Robert Bright about a construction audit that his Philadelphia firm, Talson Solutions L.L.C., just wrapped, and he breaks out a slideshow of what could be mistaken for an exotic vacation. International locales: Italy, South Korea, and China, to name a few. Pictures of waterways and massive ships. Bands and celebratory fireworks. They're scenes of a job like no other for the 15-year-old boutique firm in Old City: the $5.2 billion Panama Canal expansion.
July 30, 2016 |
Despite temperatures stuck in the 90s and thousands of visitors in Philadelphia for the Democratic convention this week, the real estate industry is, so far, reporting business as usual. The South Philadelphia neighborhoods surrounding the Wells Fargo Center, where the convention is being held, appear to be affected the most. "We have postponed all neighborhood [house] showings until next week," said Barbara Capozzi, of Capozzi Real Estate & Insurance in the 3300 block of South 20th Street.
July 1, 2016 |
No roasting marshmallows around the fire for the girls at Camp MAGIC Wednesday. No tie-dyeing T-shirts, or weaving plastic strands into lanyards, or knotting pink rubber bands into friendship bracelets. Instead, the 18 girls, in grades 7 through 12, used a drill press, saber saws, a spindle sander, and a high-powered nail gun to build their own toolboxes, and, perhaps, a career in construction. That would be the goal of Camp MAGIC, which stands for Mentoring a Girl in Construction.
June 30, 2016 |
IN FISCAL YEAR 2015, nearly 70 percent of city-funded construction projects with budgets over $250,000 did not reach the city's minority workforce participation goals, and 44 percent had no minority workforce at all. Those are the findings of the Economic Opportunity Plan Employment Composition Analysis by Econsult Solutions and Milligan and Company, LLC. The report, which examined minority and female inclusion on over 360 city-funded construction...
June 28, 2016 |
South Jersey drivers are in for additional traffic woes, as a months-long construction project begins this week on Route 70 - a stretch of highway that officials call one of the worst-paved in the state. Work will start in both directions on a 7.7-mile stretch of Route 70, from Browning Road in Pennsauken, through Cherry Hill and into Evesham Township, Department of Transportation officials said. The $9 million project will repave that section of the road before a "more extensive" $50 million project to reconstruct the road starts in 2019, said Kevin Israel, a Department of Transportation spokesman.
June 22, 2016 |
Water, sunlight, and construction nails have been showering the plants at one of Center City's most popular community gardens. Among the blooming flowers, tomatoes, and herbs is the occasional two–by–four sticking out of a plot of soil. So far, the nails and other construction detritus has resulted in closures, meetings, special committees, and input from a lawyer. On Monday, after another meeting, a solution was reached. It involves a task force. The problem began when Dranoff Properties and contractor Intech began construction of One Riverside, a 22-story residential tower at 210 S. 25th St. The Schuylkill River Park Community Garden is its immediate neighbor to the south.
June 16, 2016 |
The Philadelphia City Planning Commission has withdrawn a proposed regulation that would allow planning staff to offer steep-slope variances without a hearing. The regulations would have allowed staff to grant exemptions to changes in existing structures on steep slopes, replacement of structures lost to fire or other natural disasters, installation of public roads, or anything that would "benefit the public," such as parks and trails. Civic associations and nonprofit preservation groups, mostly from the city's hilly Northwest section, came out in strong opposition at a hearing on the matter last week.
May 11, 2016
Curious George at the Please Touch Museum The long: Playful, colorful, English-and-Spanish homage to writer Magret and illustrator H.A. Rey's inquisitive primate and The Man with The Yellow Hat feels like a permanent installation at the Please Touch. Sadly, George skips town in September. The short: Good little monkeys are always very curious. The demo: Best for ages 3 to 7. The layout: Main floor, beyond the Wanamaker monorail, an inflated George hangs over a quaint village with interactive sites: a cottage, apartment, park, produce stand, rocket-slash-slide, mini golf, drafting table, and construction.