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Construction in Cities

Social, Environmental, Political, and Economic Concerns, 1st Edition

Edited by Patricia J. Lancaster

CRC Press

272 pages

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Today's construction environment is more complex than any previous era. The possible impediments to a project's successful completion include not only "bricks and mortar" issues like material availability or curtain wall testing, but a broad array of concerns involving the economic, political, social, environmental, archeological, community, and historic preservation aspects of the project. Costly delays are common; regulatory processes can be prohibitive; stakeholders have more say. All of the people involved in an urban construction project must be knowledgeable about, and conversant with these conditions.

Bringing together over 500 years of combined professional experience, Construction in Cities: Social, Environmental, Political, and Economic Concerns provides you with a compendium of knowledge with which to solve problems and propel your projects. Beginning with an overview of the regulations governing construction in cities, the book continues with concrete, practical advice for below-ground work such as tunnels, roadways and foundations. It follows with an examination of five actual projects to explore ways to complete elaborate urban buildings. Finally, the book takes you deep into the murky waters of issues that often halt construction projects.

Since the unexpected always happens in construction, you need a book on your shelf to reach for when it does - a source that delineates clean and concise recipes for successfully dealing with such diverse conditions as unexpected archeological finds, dying trees, and toxic air. If you play a role in ensuring the delivery of capital projects in an urban environment, Construction in Cities serves as a handy reference of actions and methods for overriding these barriers.


"Covers the gamut of today's building environment, written articulately by well-known industry professionals. An excellent resource for everyone in design, construction, and real estate."

- Richard T. Anderson, President, New York Building Congress

Table of Contents

Not Just Bricks and Mortar

The Challenges of Constructing Major Tunnels in Central London

How Things You Can't See Can Cause Problems

The Contest with Groundwater for Underground Space

Mobilization for a Tunnel Project in an Urban Environment

Siting the North River Wastewater Treatment Plant

Getting Along with the Existing Infrastructure

Exterior Wall Renovation in Urban Areas

Community Relations and Urban Design: The New York Psychiatric Institute Case Study

Building under a City Street

We've Got an Historic Landmark, Now What Do We Do?

Turning Archaeological Problems into Assets

Trees in Urban Construction

Building for High Performance

Construction Labor in the Urban Setting

Women in Construction

University of Washington Case Study

Appendix: The International Perspective


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