Building in Tight Urban Spaces

Apr 16, 2018

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Erecting new buildings in urban settings brings challenges not faced in open areas. Just managing logistics is complex with rush-hour traffic, subways, and sidewalks full of people. Collaboration makes project partners of architects, manufacturers, contractors, neighbors and local government. Using the Museum of the American Revolution and UPenn's New College House as case studies, this paper covers issues such as building material choices, maximizing site usage, creating waterproof foundations with no room to excavate, monitoring surrounding buildings, archaeological finds, and environmental factors. It also covers construction coordination, cranes, laydowns, hostile neighbors, and other logistics.

Wendy Talarico, architectural services specialist , W.R. Meadows
Phil Moses, vice president, INTECH Construction
Fred Baumert, principal, Keast & Hood Structural Engineers
Presented at: 
Building Enclosure Science and Technology (BEST5) Conference
Published & professionally reviewed by: 
BEST5 Technical Committee

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