Outdoor Structures – Scaffolding Boards http://www.scaffoldingboards.org/ Sat, 24 Sep 2022 03:27:54 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://www.scaffoldingboards.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/03/scaffolding-boards-70x70.png Outdoor Structures – Scaffolding Boards http://www.scaffoldingboards.org/ 32 32 Fiona is rolling over northeastern Canada as a big, powerful storm https://www.scaffoldingboards.org/fiona-is-rolling-over-northeastern-canada-as-a-big-powerful-storm/ Sat, 24 Sep 2022 03:20:03 +0000 https://www.scaffoldingboards.org/fiona-is-rolling-over-northeastern-canada-as-a-big-powerful-storm/

CAGUAS, Puerto Rico – Hurricane Fiona turned into a post-tropical cyclone on Friday evening, but meteorologists warned it could still bring hurricane-force winds, heavy rains and large waves to the region of Canada Atlantic and could be one of the most severe storms in the country’s history.

Fiona, which started the day as a Category 4 storm but weakened to Category 2 strength late Friday, is expected to make landfall in Nova Scotia early Saturday.

The Canadian Hurricane Center has issued a hurricane watch for large stretches of coastline in Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island and Newfoundland. The U.S. National Hurricane Center said Fiona is expected to reach the region as a “large, powerful post-tropical cyclone with hurricane-force winds.”

“This will definitely be one of, if not the strongest, tropical cyclone to affect our part of the country,” said Ian Hubbard, a meteorologist with the Canadian Hurricane Center in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia. “It’s definitely going to be as bad and as bad as anything I’ve seen.”

Fiona was a Category 4 hurricane when it hit Bermuda with heavy rain and winds earlier on Friday as it swept across the island on a track heading into northeast Canada.

Authorities in Bermuda opened shelters and closed schools and offices ahead of Fiona. National Security Minister Michael Weeks said no major damage was reported.

The US center said Fiona had maximum sustained winds of 105 mph (165 km/h) on Friday evening. It was centered about 140 miles (220 kilometers) southeast of Halifax, Nova Scotia, heading north at 46 mph (74 kph).

Hurricane-force winds extended outward 185 miles (295 kilometers) from the center and tropical storm-force winds extended outward 345 miles (555 kilometers).

Hubbard said the storm was weakening as it moved over cooler waters and he estimated it highly unlikely to make landfall with hurricane force. Hurricanes in Canada are quite rare, in part because once the storms reach colder waters, they lose their main source of energy. and become extratropical. But these cyclones can still have hurricane-force winds, but with a cold core instead of a warm core and no eye visible. Their shape can also be different. They lose their symmetrical shape and may look more like a comma.

Bob Robichaud, warning preparedness meteorologist for the Canadian Hurricane Center, said the center of the storm was expected to arrive in Nova Scotia on Saturday morning, but its winds and rains would arrive late Friday.

“This is going to get ugly,” said Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. “We of course hope there won’t be much to do, but we think there probably will be. And we’ll be here for that. In the meantime, we encourage everyone to stay safe and to listen to instructions from local authorities and hang in there for the next 24 hours.”

Prince Edward Island officials have sent out an emergency alert reporting severe flooding along the province’s north coast. “Immediate efforts should be made to protect property. Avoid shorelines, waves are extremely dangerous. Residents of these areas should be prepared to relocate if necessary,” the alert reads.

Nova Scotia authorities have sent an emergency alert to phones warning of Fiona’s arrival and urging people to say inside, avoid the shore, charge devices and have enough supplies to at least 72 hours. Officials warned of prolonged power outages, wind damage to trees and structures, coastal flooding and possible road washouts.

A hurricane warning was in effect for Nova Scotia from Hubbards to Brule; Prince Edward Island; Isle-de-la-Madeleine; and Newfoundland from Parson’s Pond to Francois.

So far, Fiona has been charged with at least five deaths – two in Puerto Rico, two in the Dominican Republic and one on the French island of Guadeloupe.

People across Atlantic Canada were stocking up on last-minute essentials and protecting their properties from storms on Friday before arrival.

At the Samsons Enterprises shipyard in the small Acadian community of Petit-de-Grat on Cape Breton Island in Nova Scotia, Jordan David was helping his friend Kyle Boudreau moor Boudreau’s lobster boat “Bad Influence” in the hope that it would not be lifted and broken by the winds.

“All we can do is hope for the best and prepare as best we can. There is something coming, and how much is yet to be determined,” David said, dressed in his waterproof gear. outside.

Kyle Boudreau said he was worried. “It’s our livelihood. Our boats are breaking, our traps are breaking…these are things you don’t need to start your season next year,” he said.

Aidan Sampson said he worked 11-hour days in his father-in-law’s shipyard last week, lifting fishing boats out of the water.

Meanwhile, the National Hurricane Center said New Tropical Storm Ian in the Caribbean is expected to continue to strengthen and hit Cuba early Tuesday like a hurricane and then hit southern Florida early Wednesday.

It was centered about 385 miles (625 kilometers) southeast of Kingston, Jamaica on Friday evening. It had maximum sustained winds of 40 mph (65 km/h) and was moving west-northwest at 12 mph (19 km/h). A hurricane watch has been issued for the Cayman Islands.

Before reaching Bermuda, Fiona caused severe flooding and devastation in Puerto Rico, leading US President Joe Biden to declare on Thursday that the full force of the federal government stands ready to help the US territory recover.

Governor Pedro Pierluisi of Puerto Rico activated the National Guard to help distribute diesel fuel to hospitals and supermarkets. The force also provides generators used to run drinking water plants and telecommunications towers. Hundreds of people remained isolated by blocked roads.

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Gillies reported from Toronto. Associated Press reporter Maricarmen Rivera Sánchez in San Juan, Puerto Rico, contributed.

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James Latham and Garnica Support Salvation Army’s Malachi Project • Hotel Designs https://www.scaffoldingboards.org/james-latham-and-garnica-support-salvation-armys-malachi-project-hotel-designs/ Tue, 20 Sep 2022 06:52:27 +0000 https://www.scaffoldingboards.org/james-latham-and-garnica-support-salvation-armys-malachi-project-hotel-designs/

While volunteering for the Salvation Army, intern architect George Fisher noticed the need for outdoor social spaces for residents to relax, connect and enjoy the outdoors. From this need was born Project Malachi – a pop-up hostel consisting of 42 units, creating a welcoming, friendly and safe haven for those who need to use its accommodation and services.

The deadlines around the project were tight, so it was crucial to build with agility. This led the project’s lead designer, Fisher, to collaborate with U-Build, a pioneering contractor dedicated to simplifying construction processes through sustainable, volumetric and modular building methods. Alongside the homeless residents of Project Malachi, U-build and George Fisher developed a pioneering concept of flat outdoor social space.

Image credit: Lathams / Project Malachi

Significantly, the use of U-build’s innovative volumetric building system quickly accelerated the design and construction process. This meant that each individual structure could be built easily and conveniently, even if those who volunteered to build the shelters had little building experience. Above all, he kept the process inclusive for homeless residents wishing to contribute to the design and construction of the structures.

To meet the requirements of the specification, ensuring that there was no compromise in performance while keeping costs to a minimum, choosing the right materials was crucial. Although easy to assemble and install, Fisher and U-Build needed to ensure the durability of the social structures so that they could be used and enjoyed by the community for years to come. This involved selecting products that were not only visually appealing, but also able to withstand the elements, urban air pollution and constant occupancy.

building materials from Lathams for the construction of a flatpack shelter in London

Image credit: Lathams / Project Malachi

Fisher had worked with the main materials distributor, James Latham Ltd (Lathams), on a previous Salvation Army project and wanted to do it again. The Lathams team joined us to offer free support and advice for Project Malachi, as well as advice on a hardware solution that could meet the brief. While it was agreed that plywood would be the best option for the structure, making an immediate choice on the brand proved more difficult. However, a discussion between Lathams and premium sustainable plywood brand Garnica during the specification phase proved fruitful. Upon hearing about the initiative and the challenge, the supplier was keen to get involved and agreed to bear the cost of the materials needed. This resulted in the donation of a significant quantity of external grade plywood required for the construction of the new external structures, in particular 150 m2 of high performance poplar Duraply from Garnica.

“The project required materials that were highly resilient but easy to work with and cost effective to ensure maximum value from the charity’s investment,” said Stuart Devoil, Lathams Group Marketing Manager. “Garnica is the perfect solution, embodying all of these attributes and more. To see these units completed and the space open for occupancy is fantastic and it was a great privilege to participate in an activity that will enrich and enhance the community.

Excellent value for money, exceptionally attractive and with a 15-year external guarantee, Garnica Duraply perfectly met the requirements of the project. Its durability, achieved through its exclusive production and processing techniques, makes it suitable for outdoor use, even in the most demanding conditions, being able to resist humidity, insects and fungal damage.

Made entirely of sustainable plantation poplar wood, Duraply’s light weight, surface quality and ease of machining made it the ideal choice. Simple to fabricate offsite and install onsite, the construction phase of the project was fast, with all shelters assembled and installed in three days. During this time, Fisher led local volunteers and hostel residents in assembling the flat structures. Despite varying levels of confidence and experience, they worked as a team to ensure the structures were built to a high quality finish.

The Malachi Project’s new outdoor seating areas have created a friendly, community atmosphere and a safe space for residents to relax and socialize.

Lathams is one of our recommended suppliers and regularly features in our Supplier News section of the website. If you would like to become one of our recommended vendors, please email Katy Phillips.

Main image credit: Lathams / Project Malachi

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SOM’s Green Terracotta Facade for Disney Headquarters Takes Shape https://www.scaffoldingboards.org/soms-green-terracotta-facade-for-disney-headquarters-takes-shape/ Fri, 16 Sep 2022 10:06:10 +0000 https://www.scaffoldingboards.org/soms-green-terracotta-facade-for-disney-headquarters-takes-shape/

Currently under construction, Skidmore, Owings & Merrill’s (SOM) 4 Hudson Square looks set to become a new destination in Hudson Square, an emerging neighborhood west of Manhattan’s Soho. As Disney’s future headquarters in New York, the building is the company’s first purpose-built site in the city in decades. The neighborhood once supported New York’s printing industry, but today it consists mostly of buildings with massive floor plates, many of which have been converted into offices and art spaces. Occupying the block bounded by Vandam, Varick, Spring, and Hudson streets, SOM’s design reflects the area’s zoning and building code requirements in a classic Manhattan fashion while incorporating a more modern facade.

4 Hudson Square is expected to complete construction in 2024. Disney’s new home‘s podium rises ten stories before pushing up two terracotta-clad towers that span another nine stories, towering 320 feet above from the street. The building will house offices, production, newsrooms, executive spaces, a screening room and a pair of outdoor terraces. Live production studios should be located below ground level in an environment isolated from outside sound and vibration. When complete, the complex’s 1.2 million square feet of space will become, as SOM partner Colin Koop described it, Aa “vertical city of everything Disney”.

The building will include floor plates up to 85,000 square feet. (Courtesy of SOM)
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The entrance to Disney’s new building hopes to welcome the public to a fast-evolving Hudson Square anchor. (Courtesy of SOM)

Koop said Disney “wanted to let the public into the building” with an active ground floor, and mindful of its mass, seeks to “stand out by fitting in”. The ground floor contains space for food and other amenities for the public, and in order to ‘fit in’, the design team took a close look at the surrounding historic buildings. Koop described many of the buildings as “muscular”, noting that there was a large amount of unadorned masonry and that most buildings had perforated windows. The facades and massing are defined by recessed flat faces in the shape of a wedding cake, reflecting the setback requirements that have shaped taller structures since 1916. The decision to extend both towers beyond the tenth floor has was made possible by zoning, with permitted heights along avenues. Koop said that while the zoning initially seemed very restrictive, it “released a lot of creativity” because it gave the design team a set of parameters in which to experiment.

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Terracotta columns, three wide in parts of the facade, define the buildings exterior. (Joe Woolhead)

The design team wanted a more “opaque” building, again reflecting Disney’s intention to establish a more public anchor in the area, but not all glass, like the new towers to the west. Terracotta offered a solution in that it left significant space for windows and ornamentation that was materially compatible with the historic buildings and also consistent with the environmental performance objectives of the project. The double- and triple-column terracotta panels will give the building a scale that can be lost on the all-glass facades it contrasts with and establish visual continuity from the square windows that travel from the second floor. to the top of the towers.

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Terracotta’s matte finish provides a more contemporary texture for the long-used material. (Joe Woolhead)

Koop said the color green was chosen for the terracotta early in the design process, to maintain a sense of place with the neighborhood’s older terracotta facades. The design team looked at “hundreds” of green swatches, experimenting with variations in color and transparency. The final choice, made by NBK, is darker, richer and less saturated than the terracotta found on neighboring facades. The design team chose a matte finish rather than a glossy one, a texture that encapsulated the modernized aesthetic of the engraving district’s history that they sought to echo. Koop noted that the color of the glaze changes in sunlight, resulting in a facade that is more dynamic than neighboring masonry facades.

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The terracotta grill has taken shape over the past few months. (Joe Woolhead)

Outside the local context, terracotta has established itself as a facade product for many companies in the city. SOM has already used the material on its 28&7, an office building in Chelsea, and Park Loggia, a 32-story tower on the Upper West Side. As for the benefits of choosing terracotta as a facade material, Koop said A that many manufacturers have production lines capable of producing unitized facades with the material, and that even with high quality products, prices are lower because there are better supply chains. Moving away from double-glazed glass facades also has environmental benefits, particularly in terms of energy consumption and heat gain, with Koop mentioning that the design team had in mind the new code requirements of New York when designing 4 Hudson Square. Although the project was grandfathered in the old code regulations due to its original approval date, Koops said they wanted to design an “enduring emblem”, noting that “considerable thought has gone into devoted to it”. The building runs entirely on electricity and is aiming for LEED Platinum certification.

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New York restaurants struggle to recover – Reuters https://www.scaffoldingboards.org/new-york-restaurants-struggle-to-recover-reuters/ Tue, 13 Sep 2022 01:35:00 +0000 https://www.scaffoldingboards.org/new-york-restaurants-struggle-to-recover-reuters/

Kymme Williams-Davis takes an order at her Bushwick Grind Cafe in New York on Thursday. She had to change the menu because she can’t afford to hire a chef for some dishes. PA

New York’s restaurant industry continues to face “widespread and overwhelming hardship” in the wake of COVID-19 and will have an uphill battle to fully recover.

That’s according to research from the National Restaurant Association and the New York State Restaurant Association (NYSRA).

Restaurants are one of the city’s biggest industries, worth more than $18.5 billion, but a recent NYSRA survey found that 41% of New York operators say the conditions trade conditions are worse now than they were three months ago.

Only 20% of 267 restaurateurs surveyed between July 14 and August 5 said business conditions had improved over the past three months.

Melissa Fleischut, president and CEO of NYSRA, told the China Daily: “I would say the main fight [for restaurants] is the increased cost of everything they’re facing right now.

“Wholesale food prices have gone up dramatically, you know, about 15-17%; their rent has gone up, their utilities have gone up, their labor costs have gone up. So all of their expenses at all levels have increased significantly due to supply chain issues and inflation.”

At least 39% of New York restaurateurs surveyed said business conditions will never return to normal, and 42% believe it will take more than a year.

Restaurateur Luca Di Pietro had five locations for Taralluci e Vino, his Italian restaurant and wine bar. He recently had to close one.

He is also a co-founder of Feed the Frontlines NYC, a for-profit organization that spearheaded an initiative that provided hundreds of thousands of meals to frontline workers, nurses and doctors at the height of the pandemic. Today, it is his industry that needs help.

Di Pietro told China Daily: “We have locations in the 18th and 28th Street business districts that have been hit really, really badly; they’re still badly hit. I’ve basically had to close restaurants for a few months from mid-March 2020 to around mid-May.

“I felt very bad. I felt bad because I felt the people who worked for me were going to have a really hard time. Across all of our sites, we had about 115 employees. Now we have about 88,” a- he declared.

Data from the New York State Comptroller’s Office in January revealed that employment in the restaurant, retail and recreation sectors fell by 169,700 jobs in November 2021 compared to November 2019. Overall, restaurants now employ 30% fewer workers than in 2019.

Di Pietro said several other issues still exist for restaurant owners post-pandemic. Many of its New York customers who make up the bulk of its business are still working remotely and not spending money in town for lunch or dinner.

He added that paying higher salaries to staff, inflation, food costs and a 30-40% increase in utility bills also affect profitability.

“I can tell you that this summer most of my businesses were in the red,” he said.

After indoor dining was restricted from 2020, many, including Di Pietro, created outdoor dining sheds on sidewalks and roads and increased take-out services.

In mid-August, New York City Mayor Eric Adams said “outdoor dining is here to stay.” He also came to the defense of the structures, saying they had “saved 100,000 jobs” in the restaurant industry during the pandemic.

However, some residents who live near restaurants with outdoor dining structures don’t like them. A group of New Yorkers are suing the city for the spaces.

In 2020, the city’s transportation department released guidelines for restaurants to create their outdoor spaces. The city has yet to update the guidelines or make an official announcement on their fate.

The city’s “Open Restaurants” program is expected to become permanent. But it’s been slowed down due to litigation, according to the New York Times.

Some of the changes under the program may include restaurants having to pay fees and seek permission to continue or create outdoor dining.

Meera Joshi, deputy mayor for city operations, said a task force will review complaints from nearby residential neighbors and those who have taken legal action. Those who object say the outdoor dining sheds look dilapidated, food droppings attract rats, generate litter, and the din of diners affects their quality of life.

As of September 2, the task force had removed 55 abandoned or non-conforming sheds to city regulations.

The shed sidewalk locations have also been criticized by plaintiffs, who argue they interfere with pedestrian access.

Tanya Bonner, a plaintiff in the lawsuit and a professor in the communications department at St. John’s University, who lives in Washington Heights, wants the Open Restaurants program to end.

“I understood the need for something like this at the height of the pandemic. But that’s not where we are right now,” she told The Times.

The NYSRA also found that about 77% of restaurants reduced their hours of operation and 47% closed on days they would normally be open.

At least 49% of respondents said they had stopped working at full capacity. Fifty-three percent cut staff, while 32 percent postponed new hires.

“I’m an optimist in general, but I think it’s going to be tough in the next few months,” Di Pietro said. “I think the city needs to get people back to work. Crime needs to be under control.”

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Arboretum Playset Expected to Arrive This Fall https://www.scaffoldingboards.org/arboretum-playset-expected-to-arrive-this-fall/ Sun, 11 Sep 2022 10:43:09 +0000 https://www.scaffoldingboards.org/arboretum-playset-expected-to-arrive-this-fall/

Improvements have been made to the Kuhnert Arboretum in recent years and more are on the way, including a new playground this fall, should it arrive.

On Wednesday, City Forester Aaron Kiesz presented an overview of the arboretum development to the Aberdeen Parks Board.

The arboretum was established in 1974 and is named after then-park superintendent Erv Kuhnert.

Kiesz said development of the area south of Melgaard Park really began in 2010 with the addition of footpaths, paved parking, trees and a children’s play area. Much of the work today follows an updated master plan developed in 2015, he said, and many improvements have been made through donations and grants, including from the 3M Foundation.

The gazebo has been a popular spot for Arboretum weddings, he said. It was the product of an anonymous donation from a man from Mellette who built the formwork and poured the concrete parts for the gazebo which was then assembled in Aberdeen, Kiesz said.