Tag: Buildings (Structures)

239 Experts With 1 Big Claim: The Coronavirus Is Airborne

The coronavirus is finding new victims worldwide, in bars and restaurants, offices, markets and casinos, giving rise to frightening clusters of infection that increasingly confirm what many scientists have been saying for months: The virus lingers in the air indoors, infecting those nearby. If airborne transmission is a significant factor in the pandemic, especially in […]

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3-Story Building in Brooklyn That Housed Gym Suddenly Collapses

A three-story building in Brooklyn suddenly collapsed on Wednesday afternoon, sending debris hurling onto surrounding sidewalks and terrifying passers-by. Firefighters were combing through the wreckage of the building, which housed the Body Elite Gym at the corner of Court and Union Streets, but the Fire Department said that no one had been injured. The gym […]

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A Multibillion-Dollar Opportunity: Virus-Proofing the New Office

Truework, an income verification start-up, recently introduced software to help employers keep track of their workers’ health status. Gensler, an architecture and design firm, has a workplace floor-planning app that generates social-distancing layouts for desks and other office furniture. PwC, the professional services firm, is using technology that it originally developed to track inventory for […]

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Office Towers Are Still Going Up, but Who Will Fill Them?

Before the pandemic shut down businesses, a robust economy had powered a building boom, sending office towers skyward in urban areas across the United States. The coronavirus outbreak, though, has scrambled plans and sent jitters through the real estate industry. Skyscrapers scheduled to open this year will remake skylines in cities like Milwaukee, Nashville and […]

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Fire Destroys Warehouse at Fisherman’s Wharf in San Francisco

About 150 firefighters battled a four-alarm blaze that destroyed a quarter of the structures on Pier 45 in San Francisco early on Saturday morning, the authorities said. One firefighter had a severe cut to an arm, Lt. Jonathan Baxter, a spokesman for the Fire Department, said at a news conference. He said the firefighter was […]

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The U.S. Is Getting Shorter, as Mapmakers Race to Keep Up

Height is height, right? Look at a Manhattan skyscraper, or the Washington Monument, or a mountain peak in California, and you imagine that it will be the same height tomorrow as it is today. But across the United States, the heights of structures, landmarks, valleys, hills and just about everything else are about to change. […]

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The Hidden Feats That Built New York’s Towering Skyscrapers

Over the years, architects have not been the only ones to inscribe New York’s skyline — the signature image of the last American century — across the urban ether. Among others, structural engineers, practical poets of often towering imagination and import, have also figured out how to scale those heights. Skyscrapers are team efforts, after […]

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Cathedral of St. John the Divine to Become Emergency Coronavirus Field Hospital

The vast interior of the Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine in Manhattan stood empty on Monday, the thousands of chairs that normally sit beneath its soaring ceiling and stained-glass windows removed to make room for a more grim sight: a coronavirus field hospital. The cathedral, which describes itself as the largest Gothic cathedral […]

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Your Building Can Make You Sick or Keep You Well

In 1974, a young girl with measles went to school in upstate New York. Even though 97 percent of her fellow students had been vaccinated, 28 ended up contracting the disease. The infected students were spread out across 14 classrooms, but the young girl, the index patient, spent time only in her own classroom. The […]

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Leaning Tower of Dallas to Stick Around for Days, Maybe Weeks

The “Leaning Tower of Dallas” endures. The accidental landmark that has become a social media phenomenon will remain standing for days, and maybe weeks, as crews continue their work to bring it down, the demolition company laboring on the building said. After the former Affiliated Computer Services building was imploded with explosives on Feb. 16, […]

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‘Leaning Tower of Dallas’ Becomes a City’s Star Attraction

The demolition of a tower near downtown Dallas didn’t go quite as planned. As the former Affiliated Computer Services building was imploded with explosives on Sunday morning, the core of the 11-story tower stubbornly remained standing, leaning to one side. “The building fell the way it was supposed to fall,” said Josh Stevens, a project […]

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Developers of Upper West Side Condo Tower May Have to Deconstruct 20 Floors

In an extraordinary ruling, a State Supreme Court judge has ordered the developers of a nearly completed 668-foot condo tower on the Upper West Side to remove as many as 20 or more floors from the top of the building. The decision is a major victory for community groups who opposed the project on the […]

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Facades on 1,400 Buildings in New York Are a Threat to Pedestrians

The warning from the New York City building inspector was blunt. The facade of the apartment building in the Bronx was crumbling and a corner was separating. The playground outside a day care center in the building had to close immediately. That was in 2001. Nineteen years later there is still a three-foot gap in […]

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85,000 Pieces in Beloved Chinatown Museum Likely Destroyed in Fire

The 85,000 items, some dating to the 19th century, told the rich story of the Chinese migration to the United States: textiles, restaurant menus, handwritten notes, tickets for ship’s passage. All of them could now be destroyed. Officials at the Museum of Chinese in America said Friday evening that most of the thousands of historic […]

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