Project 609 looks more and more like Transformers with each passing day. Earlier this week, it was updated by reviewers who mentioned:
"More information required on the type of waste (oily waste?) discharging into maintenance pit drains and Ride Lift Pit drains"And today, the Building Plan Review person updated it saying the building is a "threshold building." Threshold Buildings are:
"What is considered a threshold building with regard to architecture?A threshold building is any building greater than three stories or 50 feet in height, or which has an occupancy classification that exceeds 5,000 square feet."Transformers in both Hollywood and Singapore go vertical instead of horizontal like Spider-Man. To go vertical, Transformers employees the use of elevators/lifts. As you can see, Project 609 is looking like it will be Transformers. So much so, that we decided to call it yesterday based on the permit and our sources.
A tower crane was assembled on site yesterday.
Project 722 is moving right along with infrastructure and foundations being the main focus. These are things that are virtually invisible as most of it occurs at or below ground level. We are still a little bit away from actually seeing vertical construction.
In the past 2 weeks, things have gotten exciting along the forthcoming London Waterfront. Last week a cofferdam was installed, and a segment of the new wall was formed up. Recent;y, that wall segment was poured, and today, it was inspected (and passed.) There are still many sections to be built and formed, but it looks like they are going for the look of Albert Embankment in London. Yesterday, crews also began dismantling the old wall.
Today, the South Florida Water Management District issued the dewatering permit that will now allow PCL to dewater the lagoon below Dragon Challenge where Hogsmeade Station will go. Dewatering will also take place where Platform 9 3/4 is planned to go. This permit was a big step and will now allow progress to resume in places other than Gringotts and the waterfront.
Speaking of Gringotts, plan revisions were submitted, but it seems like things are still going smoothly on the part of the project.
Project 7448 has been awaiting the submission of revisions, but with everything Universal is working on right now, it is understandable that they have not gotten to that yet. Project 609 and Hogwarts Express are the big picture right now.
As for the Hogwarts Express. The permits are ready for all three projects. While the two stations have to wait for dewatering, The Connector (track) foundation layout will likely start as soon as possible as they have quite a bit of work to do to connect both Potter areas.
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