Changes in demographics is one factor driving the Florida construction recovery, as evidenced by the groundbreaking of the new, $13.8 million senior living facility in Santa Rosa Beach. A project of Dominion Partners, the development called Somerby of Santa Rosa Beach incorporates 52 assisted living units, plus 24 memory-care apartments for residents with age-related memory problems, including dementia or Alzheimer’s. Situated at the junction of U.S. 98 and West Hewett Road, the Florida construction project is scheduled for occupation by the end of the year. Continue reading Florida Construction Crews Working on Santa Rosa Beach Senior Living Complex
It was 1959 when the University of New Mexico and Winthrop Rockefeller announced plans to develop a 500,000 square foot mall called Winrock—the first and for many years the largest shopping mall in New Mexico. Retail giants of the era including Montgomery Wards, S.S. Kresge Five & Ten, J.C. Penney, Hallmark Cards and Safeway soon became standout tenants. A Fox Cinema came in the 1960s, as well as the White Winrock Motor Hotel. In the decades since and like many malls, Winrock has lost some of its luster as a shopping destination of choice. However, its place in the minds and memories of Albuquerque residents endured. Continue reading Albuquerque’s Winrock Mall Preps for Long-Awaited Redevelopment
Construction site safety is important at all levels in construction work, but especially critical where heights are involved. Building statistics provided by Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) reveal that in 2012, 279 worker fatalities and over 8,800 injuries resulted in falls and other accidents where height was a significant factor. That’s why the agency has begun a series of “Safety Stand-Downs” at selected sites to increase awareness of the dangers involved in working above ground level and the measures necessary to make it safer. Continue reading OSHA Focuses on Fall Protection as Part of Overall Construction Site Safety
As a film actor, Leonardo DiCaprio’s career has sustainability. From “Titanic” and “The Aviator” to “Wolf Of Wall Street,” DiCaprio has proven himself as a bankable star with major box office appeal. It’s only fitting then that the celebrity homes he’s commissioned offer sustainability in an environmental way, as well as lasting aesthetic appeal. Continue reading Sustainability Is the Latest Trend in Celebrity Homes, and Leonardo DiCaprio Leads the Way
The latest proof that demand for Manhattan condos is reaching new heights can be found, appropriately enough, on the 58th floor summit of the Woolworth Building—once the tallest skyscraper in New York City. The asking price issued by developers for the 8,975-square-foot penthouse is $100 million, the highest ever recorded in downtown Manhattan. It’s a condo that incorporates nine floors in the building, with the main living spaces situated on the 50th and 51st level. Amenities include a great room and wine cellar on lower floors and a library or media room along with an observation deck at the top. Continue reading Demand for Manhattan Condos Evident as Highest-Ever Asking Price Hits $110 Million
Lennar Corporation, the Miami, Florida-based parent company of Lennar Homes, has finished a deal that will increase its California construction operations by some 3,000 homes. Continue reading Lennar Homes Expands California Operation by Approximately 3,000 Homes
Trends in national housing demand often seem like an on again/off again roller coaster—and that’s just the daily figures. Many reports in the mainstream media focus on extremes in construction statistics. Meanwhile, the larger body of data in the middle tends to get left out of the headlines. Recently, comprehensive methods of assessing industry trends have generated more nuanced results that provide a clearer window on today’s national housing demand. Continue reading National Housing Demand: Where Are the Hot Markets?
A major Boston casino construction project is currently underway, but conflicts surrounding the state’s 2011 casino law may stop the project before it can be completed. Continue reading How Casino Laws May Affect Construction in the Boston Area
Significant increases in multifamily residential construction are fueling improvements in the building industry in communities throughout the United States. Increased production of multifamily apartment units formed the basis of this surge in nationwide residential construction, according to sources that include the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and the U.S. Census Bureau. Government sources indicate that multifamily resident starts rose almost 40 percent in April 2014. Continue reading Multifamily Residential Construction Surges Nationwide
Progress continues to be made on the high-tech campus at the Apple headquarters in Cupertino, California.
One of the site’s most notable features—the enormous spaceship-style headquarters building that will serve as the area’s centerpiece—was revealed in model form in October 2013. The sprawling building will be the campus’s centerpiece, consisting of a ring-shaped structure highlighted with architectural glass features and topped by an extensive network of solar panels. The building will include a large auditorium, a walking/jogging path and a fitness center, among other amenities. Continue reading More on the Spaceship-Style Apple Campus Construction in California