January 7, 2014 |
PHILADELPHIA Tempers flared this time last year between the Philadelphia Housing Authority and unions in the building trades. A look at what happened to 24-year-old Abdul Mujahid helps explain why. Mujahid signed up for the PHA training program to prepare himself for a job in construction. He spent weeks learning the basics of electrical work, plumbing, and carpentry. After graduating in 2010, he passed union tests to become an apprentice and put his name on waiting lists.
December 8, 2013 |
UNIVERSITY CITY has seen a lot of changes by way of more fine restaurants and trendy shops in the last decade. Now, the area is about to get its first new residential tower in more than a decade. The $110 million project also includes a significant increase in community space for service programs such as child care and nutrition programs, as well as a new office building. The project, which broke ground Thursday, is an interesting partnership between the Philadelphia Episcopal Cathedral and the Radnor Property Group of Wayne, Delaware County.
December 6, 2013 |
A Philadelphia construction worker is in critical condition after touching unprotected electric lines at what city officials said was an illegal construction site in the fast-changing neighborhood west of Temple University. Doctors were treating Rashir Cromwell, 35, on Wednesday in the burn unit at Crozer-Chester Medical Center. Cromwell also fractured his back. The bricklayer "fell from the roof" at 1806 W. Montgomery Ave. on Tuesday morning, city police spokeswoman Tanya Little said.
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.