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tangledwoods last won the day on December 15 2011

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  1. it just dawned on me how lucky a few of those apartment renters are going to be having what will likely be the nicest gardens in all of Houston right outside your balcony doors!
  2. thats a lot of concrete! can wait to see them bring in the landscaping on the southern side.
  3. I saw some good stats on LinkedIn from Skanska: 687,000 SF 43,000 CY Concrete 448'9" Total Height
  4. Bold move classifying that existing structure as a "single family dwelling".
  5. Here is a brief intro into steel coatings or lack thereof. in steel buildings there are a few different ways we coat steel: Bare (unprimed). This is typically used anytime we are going to use cementitious fireproofing (cheap / ugly / has to be hidden). Primed. This is typically used anytime we are doing a finished paint often refered to as HPC (High Performance Coating). You also prime steel when you are using an intumescent fireproofing (expensive / pretty / exposed to view) Galvanized. When we have steel exposed to the elements (under a cooling tower / up on the roof / etc). The grey steel in these pictures to me looks like it is primed (particularly the columns). I am not sure about that roof framing on if it is primed or galvanized. Note: all of the grey steel you see is permanent to the structure, there is a bit of falsework and bracing that they are using but that is just the kickers they are using to keep the columns true as the roof structure is welded / bolted up.
  6. They are called "gabion walls" they can be brutish if the landscape design isnt well thought out but they look pretty good on this one.
  7. probably not the design intent they are going for, but those renderings give off a strong hong kong skyscraper hellscape vibe. Also what developer uses the term "heated area" in Houston, TX??
  8. Contractor here: I've worked on a couple very high profile and also high budget jobs, they are rarely the same. I was involved in a Billion + job that argued about the price of accent wall tile, just because it is bigger and higher profile doesn't mean the client wants to blow money out the window....Typically when you deal with people that have billions of dollars you quickly find out how they got that way (by not recklessly spending it). I have worked on a few crazy high budget jobs, they tend to be smaller urgent type things where client needs "x" and they need it completed no later than "y". You then throw shift work, overtime and the kitchen sink at it. Its nice to have all the money in the world but there are some schedules that even money has a hard time improving so these jobs can be as stressful as the ones without any money! I have yet to be on a job that was both crazy high profile and crazy high budget. One thing to keep in mind, in my experience the best clients to work for are people who build frequently and have an organization to support the process. The worst clients I've worked with have been people who wanted something "epic" or "grand" but also had little experience building stuff.
  9. keep seeing those lovely little Tadano Mantis cranes on jobs around town. Those things are dope, crazy to think they have gone from unicorn status to common in such a short time.
  10. I fully expect that this building is going to end up gorgeous but every rendering they put out is horrible. After staring at these for a while I finally realized its the lighting. They all seem to use a very diffuse natural lighting which gives the renderings a very bland feel. For the kind of money the are paying Moussavi, I would have expected a much better product. Its also a big pet peeve of mine when architects put out renderings that ignore the structural and MEPF disciplines. I get that ductwork and diffusors arent always sexy but its never good to just ignore it.
  11. Long story short, yes the unitized system is always tested before getting installed. What typically happens is you have a base system that has been lab "chamber" tested to perform to the required strength and water infiltration requirements. Then as each project comes along and the gingerbread stuff like fins, extrusions, etc gets added the client can then decide if they want to pay for a whole new chamber test. The full pull lab test is VERY expensive and time consuming, most developers try and avoid it by using previously tested systems. Not sure whos curtain wall this is (there are only 5-7 companies that do this kind of work). They will also do in place performance testing to make sure things arent leaking.
  12. I was not expecting Skanska to bring out curtain wall with that much detail, depth and down right beauty!!! Their past projects have all been a fairly conservative and simple facade designs but this is amazing. It looks like they finally decided to build themselves a trophy tower.
  13. The scallop panels look incredible. Its an inverse of the Kinder building but has a very similar affect (effect IDK).... This building is turning out to be one hell of a looker!!
  14. This project continues to deliver truly "exceptional" / original design ideas. I have been involved in a number of projects where we demolished tons of that green marble. This dude should not be trusted with a 58 story building!!!!
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