June 28, 2013 |
A series of safety experts from the building trade unions and the construction industry assured Philadelphia City Council on Thursday that demolition and construction work can be done safely when responsible building owners and contractors hire well-trained workers and make safety issues their priority. On the second day of hearings into the Center City building collapse that killed six people this month, that left some City Council members wrestling with a difficult issue: how to legislate responsible behavior.
June 21, 2013 |
A CONSTRUCTION worker and fireman were seriously injured in a construction accident yesterday. Police received a call at 12:44 p.m. that a 52-year-old worker had fallen 30 feet from the steel frame of a building being built at 19th and Arch streets. The worker was rushed to Hahnemann University Hospital, where he was in critical condition, police said. Jay Schneider, 36, a maintenance worker working on the roof of Russell Byers Charter School across the street from the accident, heard sirens and filmed the incident on his cellphone.
June 2, 2013 |
Following on his winter promise that the Schools Development Authority would ratchet up its workload, Gov. Christie pledged Thursday that more school construction money was on the way and more groundbreakings were in the offing. Reaction was tempered with caution. Would the reality be anywhere near as rosy as the governor seemed to suggest? Christie announced that an additional $455 million was being made available to schools statewide, part of a grant program for so-called regular operating districts.
May 31, 2013 |
Given the number of flatbeds, pickup trucks, and fuel tankers rumbling around Merion Golf Club these days, you'd be forgiven for thinking a skyscraper was being constructed nearby. The commotion, however, is the result of another tall task: transforming the venerable Main Line institution - one so steeped in tradition that it doesn't allow members to use electronic devices at the club - into a site ready to host the 2013 U.S. Open and the 25,000 spectators expected to attend each day. The weeklong championship celebration doesn't begin until June 10, and the players don't start competing until June 13. But construction has been underway for months, club neighbors and township officials say, and activity has picked up as festivities draw closer.
May 31, 2013 |
This story has been updated. GAIL BRUNSON loves her South Philly neighborhood - the good, the bad and the in-between. She's lived on the same block of Ellsworth Street near 15th all her life. Brunson, 62, remembers when the crack epidemic hit and her neighborhood began to wither away. She was one of a few who stuck it out, but problems continued as squatters and drug users took over vacant homes. Those once-vacant lots are now dotted with two- and three-story brick homes, thanks to a 10-year real-estate tax abatement established in 1999 that provides for property-tax exemptions on new residential construction.
May 3, 2013 |
PENNSYLVANIA Supreme Court Chief Justice Ronald D. Castille lost his right leg in battle in Vietnam, but it was the scars he's received as an advocate for the new Family Court building that were highlighted at a ceremony at the construction site yesterday. "This is a reality because of you, sir," Family Court Administrative Judge Kevin Dougherty said to Castille. "The hard work and scars our chief justice bears [occurred] so everyone can seek justice in this building. " Castille, Dougherty and other area officials were on hand for a "topping out" ceremony of the building on Arch Street near 15th.
March 31, 2013
Another arson hit the new residential high-rise nearing completion at Temple University, a university spokesman reported Friday. The small fire was discovered about 1:15 p.m. Wednesday at Morgan Hall, Broad Street and Cecil B. Moore Avenue, said Ray Betzner, the spokesman. Construction crews extinguished the fire, and the scene was investigated by the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. A series of fires was set in the building's upper floors in February, causing $100,000 in damage.
March 21, 2013 |
Two construction executives conspired to force their employees to pay kickbacks to keep their jobs at a Fort Dix reconstruction project and then also conspired to falsify wage records, according to an indictment unsealed in federal court in Camden on Tuesday. Leonard Santos, 66, of Yardley, owner of Sands Mechanical Inc. in Bristol, and Alex Rabinovich, 57, of Richboro, the company's general manager, pleaded not guilty before U.S. Magistrate Judge Ann Marie Donio. Meanwhile, federal investigators combed through Sands' offices, according to Santos' attorney, Joel D. Rosen of West Windsor, N.J. "No [kickback]
March 6, 2013 |
TRENTON - State school officials say they will begin construction on a dozen new schools this year, after virtually no building in the three years since Gov. Christie took office. Yet many dilapidated schools await emergency repairs to flood-damaged hallways, broken windows, and collapsing walls, school advocates said at a hearing Tuesday at the Statehouse. A rusted staircase collapsing at Pyne Point Middle School in Camden is just one of many examples, said advocate Mo Kinberg. Lawmakers criticized the Schools Development Authority (SDA)
February 25, 2013 |
Cold, wind-driven rain: It was a typical February workday in the Philadelphia region, a tough day to stand outside, with tools, and on ladders. In the gray morning, union carpenter Rob Whartnaby, of Chichester, rode to his job as foreman and superintendent on a project to build 144 pie-shaped single rooms and bathrooms for Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children, part of a $250 million update. But Whartnaby and his crew weren't braving the near-freezing weather at the hospital's walled grounds north of Wilmington.