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1930: Empire State Building (fast-track construction)

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Building (innovation): Empire State Building (fast-track construction)
Location: 350 5th Avenue, New York, NY 10118
Construction Years: 1930-1931
Owner: Bethlehem Engineering Corporation
Architect: Shreve, Lamb & Harmon Associates
Size: 2.85 million rentable square feet

The Empire State building began construction in 1930, and has a total height of 1,454 ft (433.2m). It is designed in the art deco style and is considered one of the greatest pieces of American architecture. Due to the use of four facades, each facing a different street, the architect managed to create a feeling of a front on each side. At the time of construction it became the tallest building in the world and held that record from 1931 until 1972. Due to the nature of the build, the general contractors had to buy custom equipment in order to create the design. Construction occurred using a new method called fast track construction, where construction begins before the designs are completely finished, and each part of the work was controlled using a detailed construction schedule, maximizing the efficiency of the different construction trades. By using this method, the entire construction process occurred in just 410 days and was completed under budget and 3 months ahead of schedule despite the purchase of new equipment.  `

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Written by Michael Cobb

October 5, 1930 at 6:22 pm

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