A different kind of Ding...

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I love construction sites.  It must be in my blood, my Father raised us four kids and put food on the table as a mason contractor.  He built things with concrete and brick.  He built things to last for the ages.  I fondly recall the pride showing in his eyes as he would point out the places he built.  What a feeling it must be to take something from nothing to something.

Builders do it everyday. I bet their kids take pride in them as I do in my Dad's work.  He made me proud my whole life long.

Perhaps that is why I love construction sites.  Watching the emptiness turn into something is fascinating.   I love following the construction process.  It never ceases to amaze me how a million pieces can almost magically come together to create a building or a house.  It is truly a talent to be able to pull it all together.

My latest fascination is the Lone Tree Medical Plaza, located on the perimeter of my neighborhood.  Everyday I pass by this place, yesterday I took my camera.    The building is the state's tallest and heaviest tilt-up, site-cast concrete wall panel.  The crane is the largest mobile crane ever to put the panels up.

A quick look at the photos and you will understand my fascination with this project! 


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James Holmes
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Kristal - You really do amaze me with your clever use of technology on your blogs - this is really interesting. Did you by chance watch the erection of the Hamilton Building at the Denver Art Museum? That was a true marvel of construction.

I get the feeling the Anchient Greeks would not have appreciated the construction technique.

Best wishes,

James

Apr 24, 2007 04:15 PM #1
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Debi Stephenson
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I jsut showed all my family this picture.  AMAZING!!!!! My husband is a residential builder and I am a Professional Organizer, Interior Redsigner, Real Estate Staging and Decorator.  We work together on the houses he builds and it is great fun to see the beginning to end pictures.  We have two daughters age 12 & 14.  I can only hope that they come to feel the apprectiation for their father and the work he does. 

I'm sure your dad is as proud of you as you are of him.  This obviously came from the heart and I felt it.

Thank You

Debi Stephenson

room2organize.com 

 

Apr 24, 2007 04:15 PM #2
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James ~ I did watch the construction of the DAM.  I was fascinated by it and at the same time frustrated.  I have yet to be able to take a good picture of the building.  In fact I was onsite with a professional photographer one day and he was having the same trouble.  Guess it's not just my problem!  

kk 

Apr 24, 2007 04:30 PM #3
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Debi ~ It sounds like you and your husband have quite a good team working there.  I bet you kids will appreciate what you do.  Sometimes when they are young they won't show it.  Then one day you turn around and there they are, walking in your footsteps!  :)

kk 

Apr 24, 2007 04:31 PM #4
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Kristal... this is interesting. Thanks for sharing this. I have always been amazed at construction and how buildings are built. Just the other day I was watching something on the History channel and it talked about the old pulleys that were built to help build certain types of buildings. Sorry, I can't remember in what era or who they were talking about. But what was interesting is that some of the scientists on this project still couldn't figure out how some of these bldgs or gizmo's were built.

2 nd... I was just in NYC this weekend and I loved looking at the buildings, the bridges, and just how everything was built. I'll be doing a blog on this tomorrow, after taking some pics.

Last..,... one of the most fascinating classes that I ever had was a class in college. It was the history of Landscape Architecture. Extremely interesting on how some of the cities were built way back then. 

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Apr 24, 2007 04:52 PM #5
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Jeff ~ The way they build things these days is truly amazing, but the ancient people who built things boggle my mind.  How they did it without computers and mobile cranes is beyond belief.  OF course I bet many lives were lost and it took more than a lifetime to complete.

NYC amazes me too.  I look at all those buildings and wonder why it doesn't sink!

Thanks for stopping by!

kk 

Apr 24, 2007 05:05 PM #6
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Kristal....  my pleasure. You have shown a flair at capturing some awesome pictures, so I enjoy those posts. Mitchell Hall?  I like reading some of his, since he lives in Manhattan and does a lot of local posts with buildings and the architecture.  I like some of the posts that Carole Cohen and Teresa Boardman have done, because of their local content about the bridges and transportation issues. And last, reading Ines Hegedus-Garcia's posts because she was an Architect.

Overall... yes, I am amazed as you stated, with the things that were built by the ancient people...  not just the Romans and Egyptians....  I have learned so much from the History channel. 

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Apr 24, 2007 05:33 PM #7
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Kristal - you've been busy - great post (not like you need me to tell you that -lol) I like how the black border kind of pops off the page. Hope everything else turned out "profitable" have a great one! 

Apr 24, 2007 06:39 PM #8
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Danny Smith
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WoW one wall at a time! It doesn't even look like it is anchored. I suppose it is as they couldn't afford it falling on any realtor's with cameras! Ha
Apr 24, 2007 11:50 PM #9
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Kristal, I love watching any type of transformations as well...it is amazing to me to have a place and turn it completely around into something else right in front of your eyes.  You did a wonderful job with this post, thank you for sharing it!
Apr 25, 2007 12:32 AM #10
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Kristal - I love these slide shows you're using, and I love the message of this post.  New construction is quite fascinating - taking nothing and making something beautiful.

Ann

Apr 25, 2007 01:14 AM #11
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Construction sites really ARE fascinating. I get very excited and moved in some old construction sites, too - walking the paved (i.e., with pavers) streets of Florence that people have walked on for over a thousand years...or seeing the pyramids in Egypt and the tombs in the Valley of the Dead...

 

Apr 25, 2007 12:24 PM #12
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This is great! Do you know who the builder is? Designer?
Apr 25, 2007 03:53 PM #13
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I also like watching the progress from nothing to something.  I've been enjoying doing a blog on the construction of a custom home in East Wenatchee.  I started working with these people last spring and have been blogging through the entire process.  I'm a little behind on posting right now but hope to catch up in the next couple of days.  My buyers live across the mountains so they appreciate me keeping them up to date on the progress.  Closing is scheduled for May 10th. 
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