Reach for the sky
The latest news on the development, design and construction of the world's tallest skyscrapers is the focus of this Web site. The site tracks the progress of tall building projects by five categories: under construction, approved, proposed, on hold and never built. The latest project news to hit the Web site is Donald Trump's proposed 2.4-million, 1,500-ft.-plus, mixed-use tower in Chicago.
Forming a common language and classification system among all building team members is the goal of an industry-wide initiative called the Overall Construction Classification System (OCCS), which is being led jointly by Construction Specifications Institute and the International Alliance for Interoperability. Developers of OCCS are looking for input from A/E/C professionals.
Reinforce the issue
New CD-ROM details methods for proper installation of epoxy-coated reinforcement to protect concrete structures against corrosion. Available from the Concrete Reinforcing Steel Institute (CRSI), the CD-ROM includes information on material inspection upon receipt, job site handling, placingbars, use of bar supports and tie wires, field repair, final inspection and the concrete pour.
Two projects go online
Online project management was recently chosen the management method of choice for two projects. Chicago-based architecture firm Harry Weese Associates will use buzzsaw.com to manage the planning and design of its North Avenue Collection project, an eight-story, 251,000-sq.-ft., mixed-use building in Chicago. While Port Columbus International Airport acquired the services of Projectgrid.com to manage the design and construction the $20 million Concourse C expansion.