With construction in an upward swing across the United States since the 2008-09 recession, urban high rises and environmental projects continue to be in high demand. Large office buildings have reached their lowest vacancy rates in recent years, and 25 million American homes run on wind energy production every year. (source: AWEA)
1. The Vista Tower, Chicago
Located where the Chicago River and Lake Michigan meet, The Vista Tower will stand 94 stories high, making it one of the tallest in Chicago’s skyline. Although construction of the tower is already well under way, we included it in this list due to major revisions made to plans, proving that the design process isn’t over until the occupants move in. General contractor McHugh Construction‘s revisions include a blow through floor to prevent the towering building from swaying in the wind, wider top stories, and a switch from greenish-hued glass windows to blue tones. The evolution of the Vista Tower from preconstruction to mid-stream building makes this project one to watch.
Sourced Article: Curbed Chicago
2. South Station, Boston
Built in 1899, the Governor Michael S. Dukakis Transportation Center at South Station (better known as simply, “South Station”) serves thousands of commuters and intercity travelers in Boston every day. Clark Construction Company, the general contractors on the project, have taken on the 51-story add-on project, planning on maintaining the original integrity of the building, while adding on 641,000 square feet of office space, 166 residential condominium units, 6,000 square feet of retail, and parking for approximately 895 cars. Though still in the early stages of preconstruction, the project promises to solidify South Station in Boston’s history.
Sourced Article: Hines.com
3. One Vanderbilt, New York
Similar to South Station, the One Vanderbilt building will be attached to a train station as well – Grand Central Station in New York City, that is. The project is set to be the tallest building in Midtown and one of the three point buildings in New York (the other two being the Empire State Building and the Chrysler Building). General Contractor Tishman Construction will both be making history with the One Vanderbilt and preserving it, as a geometric cut out in the building’s base is planned to reveal the Vanderbilt Corner of Grand Central – a view previously obstructed.
Sourced Article: kpf.com
4. Wind Energy Farm, Iowa
General Contractor Tim Maag of Mortenson Wind Energy Group has taken on the task of constructing the 85 turbine Beaver Creek Wind Farm. As the leading renewable resource contractor in Iowa with 55% of Iowa’s wind energy under their belt, Mortenson will become part of the largest economic development investment in the state’s history. Wind energy is a $143 billion yearly investment in the US, making the Beaver Creek Wind Farm a project you won’t want to miss.
Sourced Article: jobsite.procore.com
5. 70 Story Skyscraper, Los Angeles
Initial plans filed for this new project state its potential height at 770 feet, putting it in the running to be one of LA’s tallest buildings. Designed to “maximize light and air,” the 70 story skyscraper is still without a General Contractor. Still, it promises to deliver an exciting take on downtown residential buildings in Los Angeles.
Sourced Article: Curbed LA
Our Final Thoughts:
Construction in the U.S. is bringing exciting and groundbreaking projects with General Contractors who aim to make history. Though these projects are early in their development, we are excited to see the value they will each bring to their respective cities, and look forward to watching how GC’s will take them from concept to reality.
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