first_imgShare on FacebookShare on TwitterShare on LinkedinShare via Email Share via Shortlink 270 Park Avenue and Jamie Dimon and “Rampage” (Photo illustration by Lexi Pilgrim for The Real Deal)From the outside, the demolition of 270 Park Avenue will look like a painfully tame round of Jenga. Inside, crews will meticulously tear apart 60 years worth of history.JPMorgan Chase plans to knock down its Midtown East headquarters to make way for a new, 70-story office tower that will span an impressive 2.5 million square feet. The new building will be the first to take advantage of the district’s rezoning, which was approved in August and will allow for roughly 1 million more square feet than the current structure. The destruction of the current 52-story building is believed to be the world’s largest voluntary demolition — a feat made more impressive by the fact that it’ll take place in the heart of one of the densest office markets in the world.270 Park AvenueThe Real Deal spoke to a number of experts in demolition and interior construction to break down how JPMorgan will systematically remove a notable building from the congested skyline.As a rule, crowded urban areas don’t typically allow the use of explosives or wrecking balls to demolish a building. Recent implosions took place in roomier locales: The remaining parts of the old Kosciuszko Bridge were cleared away in a controlled explosion in October. In 2013, a 45-year-old, 11-story building on Governors Island was rapidly destroyed via explosives. Across the Hudson River in 2015, three rental buildings in Jersey City were dramatically imploded. But the demise of JPMorgan’s headquarters will be more subdued.“Whenever you mention demolition to anyone, they think you’re going to use dynamite or other explosives,” said Adam Stock, a project engineer for Howard I. Shapiro & Associates, a demolition consulting company. “It’s more about how you systematically deconstruct the building from the top down.”Chapter 33 of the city’s building code is a demolition contractor’s “bible,” said Luis Valderruten, a structural engineer with Breeze Demolition. The law spells out how to take apart a building piece-by-piece and the various precautions required along the way.First, the city’s building code requires owners to remove or contain harmful substances before demolition begins. Once that’s done, the building will be completely enclosed with netting to contain the site (scaffolding is also often used, but due to the Park Avenue tower’s height, a cocoon system is a more likely choice here). All windows will be removed, along with fixtures, skylights and doors. From there, floors are disassembled from the top down. Mini-excavators, along with handheld tools, are used to break up the concrete slabs. Contractors have also employed demolition robots to take on this role (AECOM Tishman did it at 30 Hudson Yards) but the technology remains a rare feature of jobs in the city. Acetylene torches are used to cut apart steel beams and framing, and structural columns — which are the last to be removed — will be broken into smaller pieces.“It’s a reversal of building a building,” said Borys Hayda, managing principal at DeSimone Consulting Engineers. “It’s a detailed process. It’s not just let’s get some hammers and start ripping it apart.”Debris is removed from the floors using chutes, hoists or cranes, as well as carts and dumpsters, experts said. Because storage of the crane will likely prove problematic for long stretches of time, the contractor will likely try to remove as much debris without one. The building code specifically states that structural material should not be “thrown or dropped from the building” and leaves the removal method up to contractors and/or structural engineers.The Singer Building“The building code gives you several options,” Valderruten noted. “There are many ways to skin a cat.”Stock said it takes about a week to take apart each floor, though contractors will probably aim to work at a faster pace. So, for the Park Avenue tower, it’ll likely take roughly a year for the building to disappear.Until now, the tallest building in the world to ever intentionally be razed was the Singer Building, a 612-foot tall tower constructed in 1908, according to the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat. It was taken down in 1968 to make way for One Liberty Plaza. The second-largest building to be dismantled in New York City was the former Deutsche Bank Building at 130 Liberty Street. That demolition faced a series of delays over the course of six years and cost $160 million, according to the New York Times. The project was stalled in 2007 by a fire that killed two firefighters. The incident inspired a rule change, in which standpipes and fire safety systems must be maintained during demolition.Other considerations in the case of the Park Avenue tower will be its proximity to the Metro-North rails and the removal of harmful materials, such as asbestos. A 1957 New York Times story about the tower’s construction notes that the workers were “ankle-close” to the third rails and that to insulate the tower from the train’s vibrations, asbestos-lead mats were used at the base of the supporting columns in the foundations.Andrew Gray, a spokesperson for JPMorgan, indicated that the bank has not yet hired a company for the demolition work nor a general contractor to handle the new tower’s construction. He declined to discuss the demolition further. Construction is expected to begin in 2019 and take roughly five years. During demolition and construction, many of JPMorgan’s New York employees will work out of L&L Holding Company’s 390 Madison Avenue. The bank just inked a lease for nearly 440,000 square feet at the building.270 Park AvenueJPMorgan completed a renovation of 270 Park Avenue in 2011, boasting at the time that the revamp was the largest to achieve LEED Platinum status. Some critics have noted that the company’s energy-saving pedigree is sullied by its decision to scrap a building it so recently gut-renovated. It’s unclear if the company plans to recycle materials from the tower. Hayda said it’s likely that the company will at least recycle the steel and concrete.“The thing is, putting it in a landfill costs money, so if you can reuse it, sell it or give it to someone for free, you’re still coming out ahead,” he said.Gordon Bunshaft and Natalie de Blois of Skidmore Owings & Merrill designed the tower, which was completed in 1961 and was then known as the Union Carbide Building. In a 1960 review, New York Times critic Ada Louise Huxtable called the tower “strikingly masculine,” an “impressive” but less-attractive presence in the district when compared to neighbors like the Lever House or the Seagram Building. Those two buildings attained landmark status, but the Union Carbide — along with a few other post-war buildings in Midtown East — remain vulnerable to the (figurative) wrecking ball. Share via Shortlinkcenter_img Tags270 parkCommercial Real EstateJPMorgan Chaselast_img read more

first_imgPriestly celibacy in the Roman Catholic Church has broken down and may have to be abandoned, an Oxford monk, and former Master General of the Dominican Order, has said.Father Timothy Radcliffe told Radio Four programme ‘Analysis’ that the Church could not ignore the fact that celibacy was being bypassed in many parts of the world. Speaking to Cherwell he called for a “real discussion” of the issue. Despite describing celibacy as “a thing of great beauty”, he believes the Church must take account of modern realities.The Pope has rejected calls to alter the 1,200 year-old rule outlawing marriage, but there are fears that celibacy is discouraging many from priesthood and that a high proportion of those in training are gay.A 1961 Vatican document bars homosexuals from religious vows, but studies have estimated that up to half of seminary students are so orientated. Radcliffe said that loneliness was difficult for some priests and claimed that there would be a problem if many more in the church became predominantly homosexual. The Pope has blamed the decline in new priests on the moral decadence and indiscipline of the western world. The church in England has already relaxed its celibacy rules by allowing married Anglican priests to convert and remain in holy orders.Archive: 0th week  HT 2004last_img read more

first_imgWholesaler Bako Western has relocated to a new depot on an industrial estate a mile away from its original site in Cullompton, Devon. The new 40,000sq ft building on the Kingsmill industrial estate has a 1,000 pallet capacity freezer, office space and a test bakery. It is set in a 4.5-acre site, which gives the wholesaler capacity for future expansion, Bako Western told British Baker in a statement. The supplier had outgrown its original three-acre site, which opened in 1985. This site had expanded to two buildings and additional leased storage, it explained. The need for further frozen storage capacity had been a key reason for the relocation project.The new site, which opened at the end of May, will enable Bako to obtain bulk purchase discounts, particularly on frozen goods. Frozen and chilled goods now account for over 35% of its turnover.Although the total floor area of the new site is similar to the previous premises, it is a single building, almost double the height and therefore with much greater internal capacity, said the wholesaler.The new facility has been built at dock level with dock seals, which improve the working conditions and the efficiency of vehicle loading and unloading. It stocks approximately 2,500 product lines and Bako Western also organises purchases of a further 1,200 products for direct delivery to customers. The wholesaler employs 65 staff with all employees transferring from the original site to the new one. Chairman Bob Burns said: “The existence and sole purpose of Bako Western is to serve its members.” The official opening will take place on 8 October as part of Bako’s annual trade show, which is being held at the new site. Bako Western will also be hosting the Western Region National Association of Master Bakers’ bakery championships on the same day. Up to 100 trade stands are expected at the event.Bako Western is one of five regional co-ops in the £100m turnover Bako group.last_img read more

first_imgBakery chain Cooplands (Doncaster) is planning to expand into wholesale for the first time, after being awarded a BRC rating. The company was recently audited against BRC issue 5 and awarded a Grade B.Previously, the firm had only manufactured products to sell in its 75-shop estate, but has worked with the Regional Food Group (RFG) for Yorkshire and Humber for the last three years on moving into wholesale. The RFG aims to develop the region’s food and drink sector by delivering trade development, offered through targeted business assistance.”Our objective over the past five years has been to develop a state-of-the-art pastry department that gives consistent quality and drives down production costs for the supply of fresh and frozen pastries for bake off in our retail outlets,” explained Alan Jacques, purchasing and operations manager.This objective has seen the installation of a temperature-controlled production hall, a new Rondo Pastry Make-up line, a spiral freezer and a 250-pallet freezer. “From the outset we realised that this would give us large excess capacity, and enable us to develop a wholesale business. Our current focus is to make potential customers aware of our move into this market.”Jacques said Cooplands’ main focus will remain on its core retail business, “with no alterations to our existing plans for expansion.” It will treat its wholesale business as a separate entity. “We have also recently purchased two Jiffy vans offering a delivery service to businesses in and around Doncaster,” he added.last_img read more

first_imgThe chief executive of Allied Bakeries is to leave the business – just weeks after parent company Associated British Foods (ABF) declared the UK bakery market “intensely competitive”.Mark Fairweather has been with the company for 29 years – but his departure follows ABF’s warning that profits at Allied Bakeries, which produces Kingsmill, Burgen, Allinson and Sunblest, would be “lower than last year”.Sarah Arrowsmith, chief executive of ABF’s grocery division, which produces other brands like Twinings and Ovaltine, will assume control of its bakery division.Allied Milling and Baking, in which Allied Bakeries sits, has spent heavily on capital investment in recent years from the redevelopment of its bakeries nationwide to NPD, with the introduction of thins and its Great White Kingsmill loaf. However, last year it also announced the closure of its site in Orpington, Bromley because of declining bread sales, while at the same time pumping £8.4m into its Glasgow site on a sandwich thins line.A spokesman at ABF said: “Allied Milling and Baking Group can confirm that Mark Fairweather is to step down as chief executive officer following the recent conclusion of the company’s strategic investment programme.Major investment“Mark has led the Allied Milling and Baking Group as CEO since 2008 and seen through a major investment programme to transform the business’ operational and supply chain footprint, significantly restructuring the organisation’s cost base. During this period, the business also has seen significant investment in the brand, enabling Kingsmill to deliver substantial innovation, bringing new products to the market and strengthening the brand’s position.“Now that this operational investment programme has concluded, Mark will be stepping aside to enable a new leader to take the business forward. Mark’s successor will be announced in due course. In the interim, Sarah Arrowsmith, chief executive, UK Grocery, will be responsible for the business.”Arrowsmith added: “Mark has seen through an impressive transformation of the Allied Milling and Baking Group, which is now well placed to meet the demands of the UK bakery market. He has demonstrated great vision, tenacity and skill and moves on with our grateful thanks and our best wishes for his next venture.”In a pre-close update last month, ABF said: “The UK bakery market remains intensely competitive, with a combination of over-capacity in the industry driving manufacturers towards marginal pricing, and retailers seeking to prove their value credentials in essential shopping items such as bread. “As retailers drive for value and range simplification, already tight margins have come under further pressure and Allied Bakeries’ profit will be lower than last year as a result.”Fairweather joined ABF in 1986 as head miller at Allied’s James Neill Mill, Belfast. He became Allied Mills’ operations director in 1998 before being promoted to managing director Allied Mills. In 2006, he moved to Allied Bakeries as managing director and was appointed CEO, Allied Milling & Baking, two years later.last_img read more

first_imgHigh Sierra Music Festival has revealed the second wave of artists for this summer’s 28th annual gathering. The newly-confirmed acts include Grace Potter, Chris Robinson Brotherhood, Foundation of Funk (a project from George Porter Jr. and Zigaboo Modeliste of The Meters), The Floozies, Margo Price, The Motet, Billy Strings, and many more.Other additions like Rising Appalachia, The Nth Power (performing a tribute to Bob Marley), Ernest Ranglin, Ruthie Foster, Ghost Light, Sister Sparrow & The Dirty Birds, The Russ Liquid Test, and New Orleans Suspects will appear at the festival as well.As previously reported, the High Sierra Music Festival will return to its longtime home in Quincy, CA from July 5th through 8th. The 2018 edition’s initial lineup featured the String Cheese Incident (two nights) as well as Sturgill Simpson, Lettuce, The Wood Brothers, Turkuaz, The California Honeydrops, Lotus, Pigeons Playing Ping Pong, Spafford, Twiddle, and many more.You can check out the updated lineup via the graphic below, and a photo gallery of last year’s picturesque event can be viewed here. Tickets for the 2018 High Sierra Music Festival are now on sale.last_img read more

first_imgAs Notre Dame strives to become a more globalized university, the Keough School of Global Affairs is officially launching its new Global Affairs supplementary major.“We are the poster child of that mission. We have always had Notre Dame International, but we represent a real integrative approach to that idea that being a global citizen doesn’t mean going to France for a semester. It means addressing this on a consistent level throughout your career here,” Denise Ayo, the associate director of undergraduate programs at the Keough School of Global Affairs, said.According to Ayo, the Global Affairs major aims to address contemporary global issues in an interdisciplinary manner. In order to emphasize the multidisciplinary nature of international issues, the Keough School decided to create a supplementary major, meaning that it must accompany another major.“I think philosophically [the Keough School] believes that we want to help students globalize their education, and we think that it’s very important that this Global Affairs focus is seen as something to augment students’ primary majors,” Ayo said. “We see this as something that could be paired with anything.”The Global Affairs curriculum consists of 10 courses and 30 credit hours — a greater amount than what is required by other supplementary majors, which usually consist of eight courses.Students must take five core courses, including an introduction to global affairs course, a global politics course, a global cultures course and two economics courses.The other remaining five courses are taken within the nine concentrations offered by the program — which include global Asia, transnational Europe, Irish studies, Latin American studies, African studies, peace studies, international development studies, global policy studies and human rights.Moreover, students are expected to accomplish the two co-curricular requirements of proficiency in a second language and a six-week-long cross-cultural immersive experience, which can be achieved through study abroad, independent research or an internship.Through this curriculum and requirements, Ayo said students would be able to develop and foster “a deep awareness of the world out there and a deep respect for other cultures, mindsets and perspectives.”Joanna Oliveira, a junior majoring in International Economics and Global Affairs, echoed Ayo’s statement about the program’s goals. She said she has found that, through her classes, she is able to truly delve into international issues as well as provide an international perspective.“I chose this major because you get to really see the application of the theoretical concepts into current affairs. Being Brazilian gives me more insight, as I have witnessed a lot of the systematic problems we discuss in class,” Oliveira said.Adriana Bodewig, a freshman majoring in Economics and Global Affairs, said she was looking forward to her classes, especially because of the supplementary major’s focus on integral human development.“I love the projects that you are able to carry out to help countries by working together with other nations,” Bodewig said. “I am very interested in studying about how countries are able to solve problems, because I feel that we can all learn about this, which is something that I find very important.” Currently, over 40 students are enrolled or are in the process of enrolling in the Global Affairs supplementary major. According to Ayo, the program is receiving a lot of interest, which is something she attributes to the students’ understanding of the importance of having a globalized education.“Students are smart and know that we can’t be myopic and ‘America first’, despite some of the rhetoric going on,” Ayo said. “It’s very important that students understand what is happening in the world and position themselves as global citizens.”Tags: Global Affairs, Global Affairs supplementary major, Keough School of Global Affairslast_img read more

first_imgEuropean Companies Win Big in Taiwan Offshore Wind Auction FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Reuters:Taiwan is becoming the next battleground for the world’s top offshore wind developers as they seek a foothold in Asia for a technology that has been expanding fast in Europe.Taiwan announced results on Monday of its first major offshore wind farm auction that aims to add 3.8 gigawatts (GW) of capacity to its existing network of just 8 megawatts (MW).The island’s offshore wind market is expected to expand to 5.5 GW by 2025, and the government aims to invest $23 billion on onshore and offshore wind projects by 2025, law firm Jones Day says.Taiwan is making a big push to attract investments in renewable technology as it phases out nuclear power by 2025, after the 2011 Fukushima disaster in Japan highlighted the risks of using nuclear energy in a region prone to earthquakes.For developers in Europe, where expanding offshore wind projects particularly in the North Sea has driven down costs, Taiwan is seen as a route into Asian markets, such as Japan and South Korea, where the technology is still barely used.Denmark’s Orsted and Germany’s wpd were Monday’s biggest winners, securing contracts to install 900 MW and 1 GW of capacity, respectively.“We see Taiwan as a stepping stone into Asia-Pacific,” said Matthias Bausenwein, the regional general manager for Orsted, the world’s largest owner of offshore wind power sites that was previously known as DONG Energy.More: Offshore Wind Power Firms See Taiwan As A Battleground To Expand In Asialast_img read more

first_img 8SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr If you are the one responsible for report writing at your credit union or have ever requested a report, your pain is not unheard.  The old way of reporting is broken, and it has been for years. Business intelligence failed to deliver on its promise.  IT departments are overloaded and users are frustrated.  Becoming an analytic driven organization is often unobtainable because the majority of the time is spent gathering and organizing the data.We are all too familiar with the current report writing process.  A report developer receives a request and opens a tool such as SQL Server Reporting Services (SSRS) to create a report based on the user’s request.  This is highly dependent on proper requirements and often end users don’t do the best job at documenting their requirements.To create the report, the report developer has to:Find the database(s)Search a copious amount of cryptically named tablesFigure out the joinsWrite the SQLFormat the reportIterate a number of times with the user until complete continue reading »last_img read more

first_img continue reading » 12SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr More than 400 credit unions went casual Sept. 13 as a part of the annual Credit Unions for Kids Miracle Jeans Day event in support of Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals.Credit union employees donated $5 each for the opportunity to wear jeans to work on a Wednesday. Proceeds will be donated to the credit union’s local Children’s Miracle Network Hospital.“This has been a record year for the program,” says Joe Dearborn, senior director of Credit Unions for Kids, “We are still receiving donations, but with more credit unions participating than ever before, we’re expecting to be able to help even more kids than we’ve been able to in previous years.”With more than 400 credit unions joining the cause, Miracle Jeans Day drew more credit union participants than 2016, when over 300 credit unions took part.last_img read more