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  1. On 7/6/2024 at 11:10 AM, Ross said:

    Heights fire station on 12th street is also a wedding venue. Got married there in 2016 :) 

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  2. On 7/6/2024 at 1:17 PM, hindesky said:

    Concrete has been poured.



    @Purdueenginerd Do they take one sample to be tested from each truck delivering the concrete or are multiple samples taken per load?

     Sampling minimum for strength shall be in accordance with ASTM A172 and ACI 318:


    Samples for preparing strength test specimens of each concrete mixture placed each day shall be taken in accor-
    dance with (1) through (3):

    (1) At least once a day.
    (2) At least once for each 150 yd3 of concrete.
    (3) At least once for each 5000 ft2 of surface area for slabs or walls.

    (b) On a given project, if total volume of concrete is such
    that frequency of testing would provide fewer than five
    strength tests for a given concrete mixture, strength test
    specimens shall be made from at least five randomly
    selected batches or from each batch if fewer than five
    batches are used.
    (c) If the total quantity of a given concrete mixture is less
    than 50 yd3, strength tests are not required if evidence of
    satisfactory strength is submitted to and approved by the
    building official.

    A standard concrete truck has a volume of 10 cubic yards. A "sample" is generally 2 cylinders minimum. Generally higher tier contractors will take extra incase there are strength problems.  So for example, the contractor may want 1 day breaks, 7 day breaks, and 28 day breaks plus backups, and then that about 10-12 cylinders.  If the concrete pour triggers provision 2 or 3, then that value could potentially double, etc. The structural engineer can also specify in excess of that. For example, the 50 cubic yard provision I rarely allow, except for relatively small concrete repairs. 

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  3. On 12/1/2023 at 8:13 PM, Highrise Tower said:


    CRS was a cool architect firm.  Their old headquarters at 1111 West Loop South still hasn't been redeveloped.  I went inside just once.




    On 12/2/2023 at 12:30 AM, strickn said:

    Maybe it didn't flood this high this much before people paved Katy Prairie


    Since the building is demolished and I've changed firms, I'll disclose I worked on that structure back in 2016/2017. We were working on preliminary flood design for the structure and there was whole litany of challenges that basically made it unworkable. I dont have access to the original drawings anymore.  One thing I enjoyed my site visits to that building because when you walked the outside, the windows faced the kittens (there was a vet office there at the time)  enclosures on the south or west face (cant remember which) and I'd always play with the kittens. 

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  4. This is interesting construction photo I've not seen before and thank you for sharing. Its intriguing to me that they let their steel sub effectively complete all their work while presumable pouring or laying out 2 intermediate floors, one in the middle of the building, one near the bottom. They also have the supplementary roof framing already installed. A bit of an eye opening and unusual construction sequencing.

    great find @Highrise Tower

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  5. On 5/9/2024 at 10:18 PM, hindesky said:



    Offtopic, but building engineers need to be better about consolidating, digitizing, and backing up their drawings. Surprised to see this set up for a large building under construction in 2024.  Dont know how many renovation projects I've done over the years that require me to shuffle through torn/damaged, poorly organized hard copies in the basement of the building, I could create my own instagram account of bad organization tragedies of old drawings! 

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  6. On 6/21/2024 at 9:25 PM, Highrise Tower said:

    Main Street Market in Downtown is undergoing a unique facade demolition.



    It seems they are punching out the concrete pad.  It's the facade of the building though.  Never seen that before?



    I drive by this everyday. My assumption is that the overlay-cladding was adhered/fastened to a stone or concreteoriginal architectural façade and it damaged it in the process. Im also wondering if there are two layers of finishes that were seeing. Do we have photos of this building before the facade relift (decades ago?)

  7. Got a few more maps in the 20s and 30s 


    Saints street @ westheimer was picked up by the 1934. The block you photographed @Highrise Tower was clearly there by 1934. Its not developed in the 1924 map, at least to be picked up by the mappers. Somewhat unusual, theres clearly buildings there in the 1934 but it wasnt very well documented by the insurance map company, perhaps insinuating it was a separate jurisdiction at the time.

    Now one thing to note, the 1925 map (File 8022) of the corner of Shephard and West Dallas is the first reference to river oaks and I can find on Houston Maps. It shoul dbe noted that there is a "colored" cemetery, today this is called College Memorial Park Cemetery. I'm reaching here but if there was African American settlement in River Oaks, this might be some evidence of that. however it was not uncommon for Jim-Crowe South cities to bury African Americans far from the city... so Im guessing at that point. To further ad to your point. A the corner of Newhouse and Gross,  "Nazarene Baptist Church (colored)", Green Pond School (Colored"), Free Gospel Church("Colored". The area is surrounded by residential dwellings and lightly occupied. I dont think its a stretch for me to state this area was primarily an African American community, at least circa 1925 map.... 


    tx85804215644198599313_map.pdf tx85804215644198599287_map.pdf tx85804215544182598022_map.pdf

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  8. For what its worth, 1890 map of Houston doesnt extend that far west. On map 32, it shows the area west of the plant as heavy wooded forest.  The Washington heights area was called "Hollingsworth" There are no volumes west of there on the 1890 map. 


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  9. On 5/17/2024 at 12:39 PM, editor said:

     But that's why they hire general contractors and other people experienced in this sort of thing.  They're supposed to make sure everything is correct.  I didn't necessarily mean to imply that Marriott Corporate was at fault.  


  10. One thing to note about hotel companies is that theyre often franchised, and so while some of them are operated by large companies, sometimes theyre not. Sometimes the owner is ignorant of typical processes and/or used to skirting regulatory laws. Generally my experience with Hotel Renovation projects is the ownership/property management is pretty naïve and  ignorant of building construction. 

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  11. On 5/13/2024 at 9:26 PM, ATH said:

    Permit procurement is difficult at best in the City of Houston.  Not enough reviewers, not enough pay.  I'm told that Mayor Whitmire is getting ready to name some really strong people to a committee to try, again, how best to improve the permit procurement process.

    Ehh, disagree with this. I do renovation design all over the country. The City of Houston Permitting is among the easier ones. Generally 6-10 week time period, which is slow, but Harris county is worse. The biggest issue(s) Ive seen the last few years for CoH is that they've subbed out 3rd party reviewer companies which are more nitpicky, or less familiar with CoH amendments to the building code. 

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  12. This is a bummer. I liked that renovation but I feel as though this place suffered from poor transportation connectivity*, covid and bad location.

    * That stretch of Washington is awful from a pedestrian standpoint and difficult from a drivers standpoint. The construction at Hempstead/Union Pacific has been going on 3 years now and is goign at snails pace. Even if you wanted to walk there from the Cottage grove neighborhood, or any nearby neighborhood - you couldn't, so youre left with a venue thats "off the beaten path" with no easy way to get to it. Cottage grove residents end up taking the White Oak Bike Trail over to MKT, which has food, a park, and is easier to walk/bike to. 


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  13. On 8/19/2021 at 10:50 PM, cloud713 said:

    Apparently im even more late.. just stumbled onto this architectural travesty by means of the TMC3 thread. WTF, this was by far the best tower in the TMC, and one of the best designs in the entire city. This seriously saddens me way more than it should. What a disgrace to Pelli.. RIP.


    I just noticed the other day they were missing. I'm even farther behind that you guys. Personal anecdote, I had put together pricing/proposals with a previous firm to perform condition assessment and repair designs for the crown structures back in 2017 or 18. went with someone else obviously. Pity, would have liked to keep those. 

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