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$84 million hotel conversion of an historic Chicago River office building

Buildzoom has obtained building permits that detail the conversion of the historic London Guarantee Building into a 450-room luxury hotel. Permits show the estimated cost of the conversion at $66 million. According to Buildzoom data, several additional millions have been spent in the past 12 months to prepare for the main renovation, including almost $9 million for foundation work and about $2.6 million to replace 1,152 windows. The 2014 construction and renovation costs total just under $84 million.

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Boston Bruins kick-off $100 million construction of Warrior Ice Arena

The Bruins broke ground on a new practice facility in Brighton. According to BuildZoom permit data, the estimated cost is over $100 million. The rink, dubbed “Warrior Ice Arena,” will be attached to a 10-story office building, and will include a parking garage below ground. Currently the Bruins share practice and playing space with the Celtics at TD Garden (which is undergoing its own large-scale renovation). The Bruins’ plan is part of “Boston Landing,” an ambitious development project in Brighton, in the northwest part of Boston. Boston Landing will also house the New Balance corporate HQ (whose permits are valued [...]

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San Leandro’s Bridge Housing project kicks-off with $30 million in public funding

In December, BuildZoom flagged a permit issued to Bridge Housing Corp. for construction of a new 115-unit, 5-story apartment complex in San Leandro, CA. In addition to the residences, the plans call for retail and parking facilities. The total cost of construction is expected to reach $50 million, although the initial permit valuation, for the major construction, comes to $22.5 million. When the apartments are complete, there will be 250 spaces in the basement for BART commuters. Another development project nearby will supply a further 450 spaces (to be completed in 2016.) The City of San Leandro, on the east [...]

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Tesla Gigafactory is “Project Tiger”: New Building Permits Reveal the Project in Motion

Tesla Motor’s Gigafactory is slowly emerging from the parched Nevada landscape. New building permits acquired by Buildzoom reveal the scale of what will in 2017 will be the largest battery factory in the world. They also mention the Gigafactory’s construction code name: Project Tiger. According to the documents, 140,000 cubic yards of dirt will be moved to lay the foundation of the plant, and an additional 200,000 cubic yards of dirt will be displaced to install a retention basin (basically, an artificial lake that retains rain and drainage). To put that in perspective, moving 340,000 cubic yards of dirt would [...]

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Which San Francisco Neighborhoods See the Most Remodeling?

Residential remodeling activity is not distributed equally, and some parts of town receive more than their fair share. Of course, homes in more intensively remodeled neighborhoods tend to be in better shape and to tout the most upgrades both inside and out. As a result, players in the know – buyers, sellers, renters and landlords – all set their expectations for properties accordingly. So where in San Francisco are upgraded homes just par for the course, and where do they stand out? To find out, we turned to the data.  The following map shows the relative intensity of remodeling activity across San Francisco, with darker [...]

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Monsanto files permits for $56 million “greenhouse” in Chesterfield, Missouri

Monsanto has begun work on a $56 million “greenhouse” project in Chesterfield, according to a building permit filed with St. Louis county this week. The project is at 700 W. Chesterfield Parkway. There have been 325 improvements to this property over the past 8 years, for a total of $164,445,386.00, but this is by far the largest single project. Monsanto shares this site with Pfizer, and many of the listed permits were filed on behalf of Pfizer. You can view all projects at this property here. Alberici Constructors Inc, one of the top contractors in St. Louis according to BuildZoom’s [...]

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Details of $93 Million Hertz Global Headquarters in Estero, Florida

Buildzoom has uncovered several building permits that reveal details of the construction underway on Hertz Corporation’s new headquarters in Estero, Florida. The foundation and vertical steel structural permit is valued at $63 million, and the shell of the three story building comes in at $30 million, bringing the total to just over $90 million. The completed structure will have about 240,000 square feet of office space on three stories, along with a three story parking garage and a 5,000 s.f. car showroom/sales center. The executives moving down from New Jersey will also be able to enjoy “two sporting courts,” a jogging trail, and a day care [...]

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TD Garden Enters Phase II of $70 million upgrade

New Buildzoom data show details of major renovations to Boston’s TD Garden. In October 2014 the home of the Bruins and the Celtics unveiled Phase I of its planned $70 million overhaul of the arena’s concessions, retail spaces, seating and signage. New high-density Wi-Fi has been installed throughout the facility, part of a system that uses Cisco’s “Connected Stadium” networks and “StadiumVision”.    

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Gosliano Children’s Hospital of Southwest Florida Moves Forward With Major New Facility

The hospital currently operates within the HealthPark Medical Center, but the new building will be dedicated to the unique needs of children’s health. It will include state-of-the-art facilities and intensive care units, along with about 150 new patient beds, an MRI suite, family lounges, an outdoor playground, and an emergency department. Check out a video fly-over rendering of the project on Vimeo.  

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Is Kevin Durant getting ready to leave OKC?

Last year, the Oklahoman reported that Kevin Durant purchased two townhomes in downtown Oklahoma City and put his Gaillardia home on the market.  Our building permit records confirm the OKC Thunder star paid around $400,000 to combine the two units into one, 7,400 square foot home. Additional permits reveal a flurry of remodeling activity from July 8, 2013 through July 24, 2013, including the installation of a residential elevator to the home – but complete silence ever since. See the full permit records for Durant’s home on BuildZoom. KD’s OKC townhome (via Google Streetview)  The lack of activity might be telling: is [...]

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