Construction Time-Lapse Released on Hudson Yards Opening Day

The official Hudson Yards construction time-lapse of the enormous New York City development was released today in celebration of its partial opening. EarthCam’s 4K-quality  construction timelapse movie chronicles each stage of the project, starting in December 2012 and continuing to the present day. Challenges included the continual reprogramming of more than 72 unique robotic camera angles positioned around Manhattan’s West Side and across the Hudson River in New Jersey.

The largest private real-estate development in the history of the U.S., Hudson Yards’ main retail portion and the Vessel, Thomas Heatherwick’s interactive, public sculpture, are now open. Sales have also begun for the multimillion-dollar residences in 35 Hudson Yards, the tallest residential tower rising in the Related/Oxford Properties Group development at more than 1,000 ft. tall.

CTBUH director takes the ride of his life at Jeddah Tower site

Dr. Antony Wood, executive director of the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH), recently got a firsthand look at the soon-to-be world’s tallest building, a tour that encompassed a bottom-to-top viewing of work going on at Jeddah Tower in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. Wood and his hosts, officials with tower developer Jeddah Economic Co. and contractor Saudi Binladin Group, made their way to the top of the structure, which at the time was level 56, some 252 meters above the ground. When complete, Jeddah Tower will stand at least 1,000 m tall and house hotel, residential and office space, among other uses, in its 167 stories, and will be the centerpiece of a huge development called Jeddah Economic City. Bringing the tour to a close in hair-raising fashion, Wood and his hosts rode down in a materials hoist lowered by one of the construction cranes, a trip that offered the group spectacular views not only of the work going on, but also of the Red Sea, Jeddah and the massive site of the development.

Inaugural Elevator Industry Safety Summit Boasts Escalators that Work! (and are lovely)

NAESA International’s inaugural Elevator Industry Safety Summit drew approximately 200 professionals to the Sheraton Grand Phoenix on May 21-23 for two days packed full of excellent presentations about elevator/escalator equipment and practices to prevent injury and save lives. At the end of the event, participants’ applause let organizer Bob Shepherd, NAESA executive director, know they definitely would like to see the event continue. The host hotel provided expansive ballrooms to accommodate the presentations, as well as impressive vertical-transportation systems. In addition to a Schindler destination-dispatch elevator system, Sheraton Grand Phoenix boasted an impressive bank of Otis escalators with lovely art installations. For whatever reason, at least one escalator at industry events your author has attended over the past several years has been out of service, so it was nice to see a system that was not only beautiful, but in perfect working order!