December 13, 2014 |
They're ready to do the concrete rumble on Arch Street. Contractors for Comcast Corp.'s new skyscraper on the 1800 block will pour 400 truckloads of concrete over 10 to 12 hours beginning early Saturday for a 10-foot-thick, 15-million-pound foundation mat. This foundation mat for the city's tallest skyscraper will attach the building's structural support - its core - to city bedrock. Officials said Thursday that it will be one of the largest concrete pours in city history.
November 1, 2014 |
Louis Bloom, the character Jake Gyllenhaal so fiercely inhabits in writer-director Dan Gilroy's terrific, creepy satirical thriller Nightcrawler , is so thoroughly strange, such an alien misfit, and so sleazy, you're tempted to wash your hands upon first seeing him. An unemployed misfit trawling the streets of Los Angeles for work, for distraction, or for confrontation, Louis opens the film with a violent crime. Caught stealing wiring from a construction site, he beats up the security guard and steals his big shiny wristwatch.
October 28, 2014 |
Michael Parrington, 70, of Burlington City, a former commercial archaeologist who unearthed rare artifacts on construction sites from Britain to the Jersey Shore and from Philadelphia and Manhattan, died Saturday, Oct. 18, at home of progressive supranuclear palsy. Born in Lancashire, England, Mr. Parrington moved to the Philadelphia area in 1976 and took a job at an excavation site at Valley Forge where he met and worked alongside fellow archaeologist Helen (Linny) Schenck, who became his second wife.
October 18, 2014 |
The crime was shocking in its brutality: 19-year-old Daquan Crump was found dead at a Northeast Philadelphia construction site - shot 11 times in the head. Why he was killed, it turned out, was petty and senseless. Malik Anderson, a childhood friend, was angry that Crump had kept $60 he owed Anderson from the sale of a stolen PlayStation 3 console. A Common Pleas Court jury on Wednesday found Anderson, 19, guilty of first-degree murder, and Judge Steven R. Geroff sentenced him to life without parole.
October 2, 2014 |
A union leader painted in court filings as the man at the center of much of the corruption within Ironworkers Local 401 admitted his role Tuesday in the group's long-standing efforts to maintain its grip on city construction jobs through violence and intimidation. Prosecutors described Edward Sweeney, the union's one-time business agent overseeing work in Philadelphia, as "one of the most vocal supporters of using violence, arson, and other criminal conduct to force nonunion contractors into using union labor.
September 25, 2014 |
To hear federal prosecutors tell it, James Walsh was an outsider - an ambitious striver with a seemingly insatiable need to prove himself as one of the guys. His drive to impress union colleagues in Ironworkers Local 401 led him first to lead arson attacks on nonunion construction sites, and on Tuesday to a federal courtroom. There, in a hearing before U.S. District Judge Michael Baylson, Walsh admitted his role in one of the union members' most noted crimes, a December 2012 attack on a Quaker meetinghouse construction site in Chestnut Hill.
August 30, 2014 |
The scene at the Loft District's new Goldtex building couldn't have been more tranquil. Workers were wrapping up construction, patching cracks in the concrete and nestling shrubs into planters. A notice on the window of the retail space heralded the opening of a restaurant. Residents skipped down the front steps, off to their Center City jobs. It's hard to believe that only two years ago, the corner of 12th and Wood was Philadelphia's most notorious construction site. A dispute between powerful building-trades unions and two young, maverick developers escalated into an old-style, head-busting labor war that became a symbol of the divide between old Philadelphia and new Philadelphia.
August 15, 2014 |
THREE Ironworkers Union members who were charged in a 10-defendant racketeering-conspiracy indictment in February are expected to plead guilty, including two accused of setting fire to a Quaker meetinghouse construction site. James Walsh, William Gillin and Francis Sean O'Donnell are expected to enter guilty pleas at hearings in September, according to court documents filed yesterday and their attorneys. Walsh was the union's "hit man" and Gillin was part of the "hit team," the indictment said.
July 30, 2014 |
At 8 a.m. on a Saturday in mid-July, a time many teenagers prefer to be asleep, Mika'al Broadus, a rising senior at Roxborough High School, was already at work at Agatston Urban Nutrition Initiative's University City High School garden, harvesting armfuls of kale. The 17-year-old market manager directed his peers in rinsing, bundling, and weighing the bunches, and loading them onto bike trailers bound for a farmers market. He is still struggling with the possibility that this lush farm may soon be a construction site.
June 25, 2014 |
A photo from 2004 shows Jose David Ortega standing triumphantly at the site of a housing complex in Williamstown. He is wearing a tool belt and a backward cap, with a pile of wood beams to the left, a freshly erected home in the background. "He enjoyed [seeing] the house finished," said his mother, Odily Castro, in her East Camden home Monday. Ortega, 40, who went by his middle name, took delight in his work - completed houses, solid cement at his feet, his two young sons by his side.