Boom Hope You Like Those Cranes on the Skyline
posted by July 2 at 17:23 PMon
I’ve got an article in this week’s issue about how the building bust will impact some of the glamorous projects in town. Lots of buildings—mostly tall fancy towers—are on hold or on the chopping block till the economy turns around. Meanwhile, the downtown skyline is filled with cranes for projects already under construction. So at least those glamorous towers are on schedule, right?
About 500 union fire-sprinkler installers have gone on strike, affecting work on several of the largest construction projects in the Seattle area.
[P]icket lines had gone up at about 25 sites in the Puget Sound area, including Olive 8 and 818 Stewart in downtown Seattle and the Bravern, Bellevue Towers and City Center Plaza in downtown Bellevue. Other union construction workers appeared to be honoring the picket lines for the most part…
David Thyer, president of R.C. Hedreen, Olive 8’s developer, said only about 20 nonunion construction workers were working on the high-rise hotel/condo project today. Normally more than 300 people would be on the job, he said.
And if you thought it was dangerous living without fire sprinklers, consider the risk of living with cranes.