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  1. Long story short the process they are using is likely called "soil nails" here is a nifty website explaining things: Soil nailing | Keller North America (keller-na.com) the surface of the walls is similar to shotcrete that you see on a pool, but there is also a retention component drilled into the earth.
  2. glad you got the drone up!! I drive by every morning, but you cant really see anything from the street right now. They are using the little rubber tire crane to feed rebar down into the hole and the tower crane base showed up late last week. Looks like they got it ready for the NW corner which will likely mean we will see another crane go up on the S or SE corner.
  3. Have you seen any of the renderings elsewhere in this thread from the landscape architect? A HUGE focus of this project is the central helix spine and the site hardscape / landscaping is going to be dope. Imagine the rooftop of POST but ground level surrounding by tall curving glass buildings. Now if you are driving down Old Spanish Trail or Braeswood, this will likely end up looking a bit vanilla but the project isn't really designed for those big external views it seems to be fairly inward looking (in my non-architect opinion).
  4. as one of those contractors, I am calling it: here is the stuff I can actually find in 2022. So much material right now is backordered, long lead, no longer made, etc. We aren't even really doing VE, its just triage to get the building built. FWIW, most of us hate VE, its more work for us and we also get blamed when it doesn't go well.
  5. drove by this morning, there is a daily parade of dump trucks leaving the site. it is now hard to see the tops of the excavators as they are working down in the pit. I think i saw 4 McCarthy people leaning on the cable rail this morning watching the orchestra.
  6. Yellow is your sheathing (exterior wall) Brown is the fluid applied air barrier (aka keep the water out) White is ??? either insulation or like jmitch94 said it could be a protective film on metal panels.
  7. Spoke with someone familiar with the plans on this job, the hole they are digging is going to be around 50' deep. Not sure if its underground parking or part of the building interior. My guess would be parking.
  8. FWIW you can pretty much say everything west of lockwood Dr (right at Turkey Bend) is ripe for conversion and urbanization but it will take time. Everything east of there will remain the world of industry for the foreseeable future. Hell we still have some warehouses along washington ave / sawyer heights area.
  9. its nice to see that the design has some height to it. I was a bit worried with such a large site they would keep the whole thing low to the ground. The height + the elevation change between Allen Parkway and W Dallas will really help to accentuate the scale of this thing. It is also really interesting to think of this as a complementary building to the Houston Endowment project. Both are civic adjacent structures with a primary focal point to the Bayou.
  10. paving is pretty much always on grade (no vapor barrier). all you need is for the rebar to be clean and have your proper depth for the specified paving. The subgrade here is probably select fill or lime stabilized material. As long as there is no organic material (topsoil) they are good to go.
  11. There is no question this is a nice building, but I cant help but feel this building already looks dated. This building just kinda looks like a really clean 15 year old building.
  12. The problem is that you really want the arcade along the sidewalk, but our sidewalks are often utility easements / building setbacks. I think the simple thing to do would be to confirm a maximum height on the aerial easement that the utilities and city can have that way more developers would be encouraged to do what Hines did here. Centerpoint is a HUGE jerk when it comes to easement standards and while I 100% understand the need for safety standards, their requirements are more often out of laziness and accessibility for their trucks. It would also help if the city could define canopies as exempt from setback requirements.
  13. Fun Fact of the day back in the 90s there was a large regional contractor named Beers Construction (bought by Skanska). Back in the day Hoar and Beers at a Joint venture and no one could decide which name would look less bad: Hoar and Beers or Beers and Hoar.
  14. they have now brought on site the big guns. Oscar Oduno is now on site. They specialize in deep retaining wall systems. This is making me start to think that they are going to have below grade parking or something else substantial below grade. These fools are not cheap but holy hell they know what they are doing. Oscar Orduno Inc. - Earth Retention Systems - Dallas TX
  15. I think it also has a lot to do with landlords liking these longer term tenants, its also the reason why a lot of strip centers want the Methodist or St Lukes doc in a box. Small business retail / restaurants have a LOT of turnover and it makes your proforma look better to have more reliable tenants.
  16. Enwave has plenty of capacity and they are always happy to expand if they can lock in a new client. FWIW the other Skanska building downtown is also on district cooling. "Does chiller = AC or is it something different? " short story yes. Longer story: Chillers make cold water by a magic process involving a cooling tower to reject some heat and then some weird compression thing happens and stuff gets colder (again magic). Longest Story: I am not an engineer so you will need to go to wikipedia to learn the dark arts of heat rejection and mad science of delta T.
  17. yall are being fooled, that is precast concrete, not stone. I will say, it is nice precast concrete.
  18. What we have now is 100% Phase 1. They absolutely have plans for parking garages / more buildings on site. They REALLY want residential + office space on the site.
  19. Drove by this morning, the project is now going full speed ahead. They have started site clearing and there are lots of workers on site.
  20. Just an FYI, mistakes happen ALL THE TIME in construction. TAS (the concrete sub here) screwed it up and will replace it without complaint or cost to anyone else. That whole whoopsie is probably going to cost them less than 10k, nothing to really write home about, they will work the weekend and make up the time so schedule shouldn't be an issue either. Oh and I would bet you a chicken dinner that the goofball that screwed up here did not go home and is in fact the one on the boom lift chipping out the bad concrete. We call those "teaching moments"!
  21. Fun Fact: Skanska has a bit of a history with heritage oak trees. On their first project in town they put in a big oak tree (3009 Post Oak) and then their next job at West Memorial Place had a few large oak trees. Cap Tower doesnt really have BIG trees outside but they do have some cool ones in the Understory not to mention the whole rooftop garden. Yes it is a bit of greenwashing but its pretty cool that they have brought in serious landscape budgets to all of their developments.
  22. Of course the crane guy in the last photo isn't wearing a hard hat or vest. These people are a joke. Side note: Awesome photos cityliving!!
  23. not to be that annoying person but as an FYI the green board stuff on the outside of the building is called sheathing. In this case is it Zip sheathing with an integrated air barrier.
  24. Looking at the photos, there isn't really all that much damage. They will spend more time arguing about who's insurance should pay what than the actual time it takes to address the damage. I would bet this sets the project back 3-4 weeks max. Having said that, if I owned that tower crane, I would claim it as a 100% loss and sue the shit out of Consolidated.....
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