Industry News for February 17, 2017

SINGAPORE MOVES TO ADDRESS TECHNICIAN SHORTAGE

Singapore’s Building and Construction Authority (BCA) is addressing the need to hire 1,000 new vertical-transportation technicians in the next three years by signing a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with industry partners to support scholarships and sponsorships to attract new talent, Channel NewsAsia reports. More than 2,000 technicians currently maintain approximately 63,000 lifts and 6,000 escalators, according to BCA, but more are needed as the city-state’s tall buildings continue to multiply. Challenges remain, however, including the fact that the vertical-transportation industry competes with higher-paying jobs in industries such as engineering, building services and transportation.

SEATTLE OFFICE TOWER WILL HAVE A PUBLIC-MINDED DESIGN

2+U, named for its location at Second Avenue and University Street in downtown Seattle, has a design that entails its 38 stories rising above an “outdoor urban village” with restaurant, entertainment and retail space, Commercial Property Executive reports. Skanska USA Commercial Development is poised to start construction on the project, which is close to the Pike Place Market and the Seattle Art Museum. Scheduled for completion in the second quarter of 2019, it will aim for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Gold certification. Prospective tenants will get to take virtual-reality tours of the property with Microsoft HoloLens.

CALATRAVA DESIGN FOR LONDON’S GREENWICH PENINSULA

A design by Santiago Calatrava for a trio of 30-story towers has been unveiled for Greenwich Peninsula in London, Building Design reports. The towers will stand 30 stories and include a winter garden at 80 ft., a 500-ft.-long glass galleria and a land bridge to the Thames River. The US$1.2-billion project will also have a 340,000-sq.-ft. hotel and up to 300,000 sq. ft. of office space. The developer is Knight Dragon, which also plans to build close to 16,000 new homes in seven new neighborhoods. The towers, which have an appearance reminiscent of bridges, are expected to start taking shape by early 2018 and be complete in 2021.


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