December 4, 2013 |
SPRING AND SUMMER will come and go before construction is finished on Dilworth Plaza - which flanks the west side of City Hall - pushing off the completion date for the project an additional 2 to 3 months. Center City District officials said yesterday that several unexpected snags in the construction phase and cost overruns are pushing the end date to Labor Day at the earliest. The original date of completion was slated for spring. "Relying on as-built drawings for Dilworth Plaza, which was completed in 1977, the Center City District and its construction team estimated in late 2011 the amount of underground demolition work that would be required in order to construct the three levels of the new Dilworth Plaza, while working around operating SEPTA lines," said Paul R. Levy, chief executive of the district.
December 3, 2013
CHESTER COUNTY Construction set for new firehouse EAST WHITELAND Construction will soon begin on a new firehouse in East Whiteland Township, nearly seven years after a group of volunteer firefighters banded together to raise the cash needed to build it. Groundbreaking for the firehouse at the intersection of Conestoga Road and Mill Lane was held Nov. 22. Fire company president Gary Sheridan said he expected crews to begin work on the property...
November 19, 2013 |
The U.S. Green Building Council is raising the bar for sustainable construction with the launch of the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design version 4 (LEEDv4) rating system at the 2013 Greenbuild International Conference and Expo this week at the Convention Center. "The market is capable of doing a lot more than it does," said Scot Horst, a Green Building Council senior vice president who oversees LEED. The new system streamlines the arduous LEED certification process, updates previously established guidelines to match more recent building codes, offers a new breakdown of standards by sector, and encourages collaboration among the architects, builders, and others involved in the construction and design process.
November 12, 2013 |
James M. Davie is president and CEO of a fledgling construction-management and general-contracting company. But the titles don't matter to him on Veterans Day. Being a Marine does. "I'd do it again if they'd let me," the 33-year-old Havertown resident and former corporal with the 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit said of enlisting. Honorably discharged after sustaining serious injuries in an October 2004 insurgent attack in Fallujah, Davie will join other wounded warriors in a parade down Fifth Avenue in New York.
October 24, 2013 |
A sculpture on the facade of Franklin Institute's sparkling new addition will offer pedestrians, motorists, and others a moving and glistening new view of the science museum. With 12,500 5-by-5-inch anodized aluminum squares, the exterior of the Nicholas and Athena Karabots Pavilion under construction will twinkle and undulate with the wind. The 3,000-square-foot kinetic "Shimmer Wall" being installed this week on the Race Street side of the institute at 20th and the Benjamin Franklin Parkway uses sunlight and wind to make ever-shifting patterns.
October 14, 2013 |
From the 1950s into the 1970s, William V. Zemitis was a teacher of adults at Sunday schools in South Jersey. He taught at the First Baptist Church of Burlington, then at the First Baptist Church of Willingboro. "He was good at that, with people his own age," son William I. said. Mr. Zemitis had good reason for helping others, his son suggested, having come from hard times. On Saturday, Oct. 5, Mr. Zemitis, 93, of Edgewater Park, a former construction firm executive, died at Virtua Memorial medical center in Mount Holly.
October 12, 2013 |
City Councilman W. Wilson Goode Jr. on Thursday took another whack at the city's tax break on new and rehabilitated homes, introducing a bill that would force the School Reform Commission to take a stand on the matter. The bill would end the abatement on the portion of property taxes that goes to the city's cash-starved schools unless the SRC voted by June 30 to continue it. The abatement exempts the value of new home construction and rehabs from property taxes for 10 years. The School District of Philadelphia receives about 55 percent of the property taxes collected in the city.
October 11, 2013
TONIGHT'S official opening of Philadelphia's newest showcase certainly represents a milestone for the local theater scene, but you'll have to wait another eight months or so to pop the champagne corks. After 10 years of planning, plotting and fundraising, the FringeArts complex, at Columbus Boulevard and Race Street, debuts with a Fringe Festival favorite, "The Elephant Room," a magic-based piece that runs through Oct. 20. But as monumental as the building's debut is, it is only the first stage of the $7 million project.
September 30, 2013 |
Vicky and Andy Lynch of Plymouth Township have a tale of homeowners' hell to tell. In 1997, the Lynches - he's a lawyer, she's a law librarian by training - bought a sweet, plaster-walled, pine-floored stone Colonial. The main attraction? "My sister lives down the street," says Vicky, 45. The couple hired help to strip layers of wallpaper from every flat surface except the floors; to remove battery acid from closet surfaces because the former owner had stored car batteries in them; and to dislodge undershirts from the eaves.
September 20, 2013 |
Clifford E. Thalwitzer, 83, of Summerfield, Fla., a former executive with the Philadelphia construction firm JJ White Inc., died of complications from heart problems Saturday, Sept. 7, at Arbor Village Rehab & Nursing Center in Wildwood, Fla. A graduate of Bridgeton (N.J.) High School, Mr. Thalwitzer was a member of the New Jersey National Guard in the early 1950s. Called to active duty during the Korean conflict, Mr. Thalwitzer was a drill sergeant at an Army base in Texas.