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the geologic history of Manhattan Island. NYC skyline

NYC… A Skyline 450,000,000 Years in the Making!

October 18th, 2016 Posted by Aesthetics And Renovations, Environmental News No Comment yet

New York City features close-to-the-surface bedrock that allows for such tall buildings to be built.

Ever since skyscrapers began defining the now famous NYC skyline in the late 19th century, it has been under constant revision as architects design newer, more creative structures in the hopes of creating the next iconic landmark reaching ever higher into the sky.

What a lot of people may not realize is that the geologic history of Manhattan Island inherently allows such tall buildings to be built above the ground by virtue of what exists below the ground. To be more specific, there are a few spots in NYC where the bedrock is quite close to the surface, allowing architects and structural engineers alike relatively easy access to this incredibly strong & stable building platform. This type of exceptionally hard bedrock is called Manhattan Schist and it is abundantly found in Midtown and Downtown, explaining why such tall buildings can be built in those parts of the city.

The Coalition for Responsible Equitable Economic Development (CREED LA) proudly supports environmentally-responsible construction projects throughout Los Angeles that not only have a positive impact on the local community, but support LA’s working families as well.

CREED LA fights to ensure that developers pay fair wages to all the hard working construction professionals throughout the industry while simultaneously providing them with quality health care, continued training, and trustworthy retirement plans. To learn more about how our non-profit organization supports those building a better, greener world for us all, contact CREED LA at (877) 810-7473.

Acid precipitation damages limestone and marble stonework

When Gargoyles Die

October 12th, 2016 Posted by Aesthetics And Renovations, Environment No Comment yet

How Acid Precipitation Damages Limestone And Marble Stonework

Before the advent of the smooth facades associated with modern skyscrapers, architects would design the exteriors of their creations with a variety of design details to help their buildings stand out. One unique element was the use of stone gargoyles whose superstitious origins were meant to offer the building protection from unwanted spirits. However, their true usefulness was in their ability to channel rainwater from troughs on their backs, out of their mouths, and away from the building.

Unfortunately, rampant industrialization is causing their demise thanks to the effects of acid precipitation.

Clean rainfall is slightly acidic, featuring a pH of approximately 5.6. Yet, when sulfur dioxide and nitrogen oxides mix with water, they form sulfuric acid and nitric acid, respectively. Featuring pH values between 4.2 and 4.4, these acids corrode limestone, sandstone, and marble buildings (or gargoyles). Should they crumble severely enough, pieces can plunge precariously upon unsuspecting pedestrians below.

The Coalition for Responsible Equitable Economic Development (CREED LA) proudly supports environmentally-responsible construction projects throughout Los Angeles that not only have a positive impact on the local community, but support LA’s working families as well.

CREED LA fights to ensure that developers pay fair wages to all the hard working construction professionals throughout the industry while simultaneously providing them with quality health care, continued training, and trustworthy retirement plans. To learn more about how our non-profit organization supports those building a better, greener world for us all, contact CREED LA at (877) 810-7473.

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Los Angeles historical building renovations

Historical Renovations. Ushering in Change While Respecting the Past

October 5th, 2016 Posted by Aesthetics And Renovations, Green Construction No Comment yet

Updates to historical buildings can introduce many necessary changes without upsetting existing aesthetics.

A few decades ago, urban blight and a lackluster economy meant developers could easily (and cheaply) acquire land in many areas around the country. Existing structures on this land was typically razed in order to usher in change in the name of economic and social progress. While no one denies that certain structures needed to be torn down, there were many others that proudly served their surrounding communities during their heyday and were in sound shape, structurally speaking, making them ideal candidates for historical restoration.

These meticulously planned renovations are breathing new life into urban areas around the country. Old factories, warehouses, and schools built before WWII are among the most sought after largely because they combine wonderful architectural design elements with an abundance of steel and concrete construction. Assuming the underlying structure is largely intact, architects incorporate these original design elements into modern energy efficiency & environmental mandates.

The Coalition for Responsible Equitable Economic Development (CREED LA) proudly supports environmentally-responsible construction projects throughout Los Angeles that not only have a positive impact on the local community, but support LA’s working families as well.

CREED LA fights to ensure that developers pay fair wages to all the hard working construction professionals throughout the industry while simultaneously providing them with quality health care, continued training, and trustworthy retirement plans. To learn more about how our non-profit organization supports those building a better, greener world for us all, contact CREED LA at (877) 810-7473.

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