October 28, 2015 |
It took a little longer than usual to make the announcement, but ESPN's College GameDay is indeed coming to Philadelphia, the network said Monday afternoon. The popular college football pregame show will be televised from Independence Mall on Saturday from 9 a.m. to noon. The show is coming to Philadelphia in advance of the game that night between Temple and Notre Dame in a battle of nationally ranked teams. The game will be broadcast on ABC, giving the surging Temple program even more national exposure.
October 26, 2015 |
It's not news, but women are nearly invisible in architecture. Even though my job primarily involves talking to architects, there are weeks when I don't get to interview a single woman in the field. That's partly because only a quarter of the designers at architecture firms are women. Their membership in the American Institute of Architects - which holds its convention in Philadelphia in May - hovers at a depressing 15 percent. It isn't surprising, then, that the few buildings created by women also fly under the radar.
October 24, 2015 |
The architect on site before the deadly 2013 Market Street building collapse told a jury this month that he knew the conditions were unsafe and reported his concerns to the contractor, but not to the city. He should have been legally required to do so, according to a member of Philadelphia City Council who has proposed legislation that would compel architects and others to report dangerous conditions on construction and demolition sites. "If you don't like the shade of the color of the drapes, that's not what I'm talking about," said Councilman Curtis Jones Jr. "But if there is something structurally unsound that could cause a catastrophe, then you have the responsibility to say something.
October 22, 2015 |
Brandywine Realty Trust is shedding some South Jersey holdings as part of a sell-off aimed at raising money to sustain development plans in Center City and other core markets. The company, Philadelphia's biggest office landlord, has sold land in Mount Laurel to a hotel operator and is unloading five office buildings nearby, according to documents filed with Burlington County officials. Radnor-based Brandywine also is said to be shopping the former 30th Street Main Post Office building, which now houses the Internal Revenue Service's local staff, according to John Guinee, an analyst with Stifel Nicolaus & Co. Proceeds from these sales will likely be funneled into projects such as the FMC Tower near 30th Street Station and the eventual redevelopment of recently acquired properties on Market Street, Guinee said.
October 21, 2015 |
AFTER JUST four hours of deliberations yesterday, a jury acquitted demolition contractor Griffin Campbell of six counts of third-degree murder, but convicted him of six counts of involuntary manslaughter in the deadly 2013 collapse of a Center City Salvation Army thrift store. Campbell, 51, a burly man who ran his small construction company out of his Nicetown home, did not react when the jury foreman read the verdicts. His wife, Kim, and one of his four daughters, Amella, 21, cried.
October 19, 2015 |
GRIFFIN CAMPBELL, the burly North Philadelphia demolition contractor on trial for six counts of third-degree murder, is a "monster" who caused the victims' deaths in a 2013 Center City building collapse by putting money over safety, a city prosecutor told jurors during closing arguments yesterday. At times impassioned and animated, Assistant District Attorney Edward Cameron quoted late comedian Flip Wilson to mock Campbell's defense that he was just following orders from the doomed project's conniving Ivy League-educated architect.
October 19, 2015 |
Two images emerged Friday of Griffin Campbell: greedy demolition contractor willing to sacrifice public safety to maximize the salvage value of the four-story building that flattened an adjacent Salvation Army store, or scapegoat taking the full weight of the tragedy that killed six people and injured 13. In his closing before a Philadelphia Common Pleas Court jury, defense lawyer William D. Hobson described Campbell as a simple North Philadelphia working...
October 16, 2015 |
FOR GRIFFIN Campbell, landing the job to demolish a group of buildings on Market Street, including the four-story building next to a Center City Salvation Army thrift store, was a big deal. It was his biggest demolition project, the contractor who ran his small Griffin Campbell Construction Co. out of his Nicetown home, on Butler Street near 16th, told a Common Pleas jury. Campbell, 51, charged with six counts of third-degree murder and related offenses in the June 5, 2013, collapse of the Salvation Army store, at 22nd and Market streets - which killed six people and injured 13 - took the witness stand in his own defense late yesterday afternoon.
October 16, 2015 |
After years eking out a living on odd jobs, selling food from a truck, and housing rehab projects to try to dig out of bankruptcy, Griffin Campbell saw the 2013 contract to demolish four Market Street buildings as promising a future where he would "never again have money problems. " On Wednesday, the 51-year-old Hunting Park demolition contractor took the witness stand trying to persuade a Philadelphia jury not to find him guilty of charges that could send him to prison for life. Campbell insisted he was not solely responsible for the 2013 collapse of a building at 22d and Market Streets that crushed a Salvation Army thrift store, killing six and injuring 13. His every move on the site, Campbell said, was directed by Plato A. Marinakos Jr., the architect hired by property owner Richard Basciano to oversee the demolition.