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Qiantan Enterprise World Phase II Breaks Ground


12 May 2014, Shanghai, China

A recent press release by JAHN announces that the Qiantan Enterprise World Phase II office complex broke ground on April 18, 2014, beginning the second phase of the two-tower, 130,000-square-meter headquarter center. Read more.

Grove Towers Break Ground in Mumbai


09 May 2014, Mumbai, India

Developer Ornate Spaces held a groundbreaking ceremony for Grove Towers, a mixed-use, multi-tower project in Mumbai, designed by 3XN. The 38-story, 136-meter project is reportedly inspired by Mumbai’s mangrove trees. Read more.

Mountain Towers Form in Beijing’s Chaoyang Park


29 Apr 2014, Beijing, China

As one of the first built MAD projects to realize studio founder Ma Yansong’s Shan-Shui City concept, the studio has recently broken ground on Chaoyang Park Plaza, a nature-influenced development in the heart of Beijing’s central business district. Read more.

Cordish Breaks Ground on Luxury Apartment Building


24 Apr 2014, Kansas City, United States

The Cordish Companies and Kansas City officials celebrated the groundbreaking of the 25-story luxury apartment building One Light, the first residential tower to be constructed in downtown Kansas City in years. Read more.

Nairobi Skyline to Gain Academic Skyscraper


22 Apr 2014, Nairobi, Kenya

In order to accommodate a growing student population and to add a unique touch to a sprawling city skyline, the University of Nairobi, Kenya’s leading institution of higher learning, is currently building a 22-story skyscraper. Read more.

Vantage to Offer Serviced Apartments in Jumeirah Village


14 Apr 2014, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

DAMAC Properties has announced the release of its latest luxury tower, Vantage, offering serviced living in 388 units in Jumeirah Village, Dubai. Work has already started on the 33-story project. Read more.

Azorim to Begin Construction on Israel’s Next Tallest


04 Apr 2014, Ramat Gan, Israel

Azorim Investment, Development and Construction will soon begin construction of Israel's tallest building, a 256-meter, 65-floor residential building on the site of the old Elite factory in Ramat Gan. Read more.

Work Begins on Samsung HQ in Beijing


03 Apr 2014, Beijing, China

Construction work has begun on the 250-meter Samsung Chinese headquarters in Beijing. Designed by Chicago-based SMDP, the office tower will also contain a museum, day care, cafeteria, auditorium and retail spaces. Read more.

Construction Begins on Hartford Bank Tower Residential Conversion


31 Mar 2014, Hartford, United States

Construction work began Monday, March 31 on the $45 million conversion of Hartford, Connecticut’s Bank of America skyscraper from office to residential use. The project is part of a continuing effort to create more housing in the downtown area. Read more.

Miami Approves Plan to Save Archaeological Find on High-Rise Site


28 Mar 2014, Miami, United States

City commissioners have approved a plan to preserve the remains of a 2,000 year-old Native American village, found on the site of the Met Miami project, whose construction had been temporarily halted by the discovery. Read more.

Ground Broken for Guangxi Financial Investment Center


27 Mar 2014, Nanning, China

Architect John Portman & Associates has announced the ground-breaking ceremony of the Guangxi Financial Investment Center, a 400-meter tower set along the city’s primary east-west corridor, Minzu Boulevard.Read more.

Above-Ground Work to Start on Kingdom Tower


21 Mar 2014, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia

Above-ground work on the 1-kilometer-tall Kingdom Tower in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, will begin next month, according to Building Design. Construction will start on April 27 and will be managed by UK project managers EC Harris and Mace. Construction is set to take 63 months, finishing in 2019. Read more.

Work Begins on Residential Tower Trio in Jersey City


21 Mar 2014, Jersey City, United States

Construction has begun on Journal Squared, a three-tower residential complex in the recently invigorated Journal Square section of Jersey City. The tallest tower will be 222 meters, and it will be joined by two neighbors of 193 and 175 meters, respectively.Read more.

Residential Tower at Block37 Moves Forward in Chicago’s Loop


10 Mar 2014, Chicago, United States

CIM Group, the owners of Block 37, a mixed-use complex that includes a mall and 16-story office tower, will soon begin construction on its residential component, a 206-meter tower, which will meet the increased demand for housing within Chicago’s CBD. Read more.

Seagram Building’s New Neighbor Begins Construction


05 Mar 2014, New York, United States

Foster + Partners-designed 610 Lexington will rise 168 meters alongside Mies van der Rohe’s Seagram Buiding and SOM’s Lever House, both groundbreaking mid-century towers that redefined the New York skyscraper in the 1950s.Read more.

Executive High-Rise Construction Underway in West Bay


03 Mar 2014, Doha, Qatar

Fraser Suites West Bay Doha, an art-deco inspired 46-story tower developed by Al Rabban Holding, is under construction in Qatar, and will offer 396 one to three bedroom executive suites.Read more.

Samsung Breaks Ground for Headquarters in Beijing


27 Feb 2014, Beijing, China

Kim Chang-soo, president of Samsung Life Insurance, government officials, and contractors participated in a ground breaking ceremony to celebrate the start of construction of the 260-meter Samsung office tower. Read more.

Sequis Centre Tower Breaks Ground


20 Dec 2013, Jakarta, Indonesia

KPF announced the Sequis Centre Tower’s groundbreaking in Jakarta. The 210-meter tower is being touted as Indonesia’s first LEED Platinum building, and is situated in the capital region next to the Gelora Bung Karno Sports Complex. Read more.

Transbay Block 6 Breaks Ground


19 Dec 2013, San Francisco, United States

Ground has been broken for a 32-story tower and accompanying townhome development on Block 6 of the Transbay site on Folsom Street in San Francisco. The tower will house 409 market-rate apartments. Read more.

Waterfront Finance Center Begins Construction in Shanghai


04 Dec 2013, Shanghai, China

Foster + Partners and Thomas Heatherwick have unveiled images of the Bund Finance Centre, which is now under construction in Shanghai on the banks of the Huangpu River. The 420,000-square meter (4.5 million-square foot) complex will feature two 180-meter (590-foot) office towers at the end of Shanghai's waterside street, The Bund. Read more.

Construction at 181 Fremont Begins


21 Nov 2013, San Francisco, United States

Ground was officially broken on 181 Fremont St., a 54-story, 684,000-square foot (63,546 square-meter) residential and office tower near the Transbay Transit Center in San Francisco. The $500 million project's developer is the Jay Paul Co., which took over the project last April from SKS Investments. Read more.

Newest Tower Coming to South China Singapore City


19 Nov 2013, Foshan, China

CPG Singapore has launched construction on its Thrive United office tower in the South China Singapore City in the Nanhai District of Foshan. The building project will be part of a multi-tower mixed-use complex which will include residential, school, retail, hotel and office spaces. Read more.

Allies and Morrison Tower Scheme On Its Way


31 Oct 2013, London, United Kingdom

Work has begun on the Ealing Arcadia shopping center, a ₤6 million (US$9.6 million) renovation project designed by Allies and Morrison, which is also set to include a residential skyscraper. The project originally featured a 40-story tower by Foster + Partners and HKR, which has since been abandoned. Read more.

Construction Launched on Brookfield Place Calgary


30 Oct 2013, Calgary, Canada

Construction has begun on Brookfield Place Calgary Tower One, a 247-meter (810-foot) skyscraper, set to become Calgary's tallest as well as Western Canada's tallest upon completion. Brookfield Office Properties announced it would build the office project in July 2013. Read more.

Portland Restarts Park Avenue Tower Project


21 Oct 2013, Portland, United States

TMT Development announced plans last week to resume construction on the long-stalled Park Avenue West Tower in downtown Portland before the end of the year. The company has been able to secure a $175 million construction loan for the stagnant mixed-used building. Read more.

BHP Billiton Constructing Its Newest Office Tower


11 Oct 2013, Houston, United States

Developers have broken ground on what will be a 30-story office tower in Houston's Uptown neighborhood. The property will house employees of BHP Billiton when it's completed in 2016. The 600,00-square foot building is being developed by Transwestern in the Four Oaks Place office complex. Read more.

Foster Building Designed With Sandy's Flooding in Mind


04 Oct 2013, New York City, United States

Foster + Partners has designed a 19-story condominium tower overlooking New York's Hudson River. Work on the building at 551 West 21st Street has already started. When completed in the summer of 2015, it will feature 44 apartments, including three penthouses. Read more.

Aqua Doppel-Gang-er Sprouting in Houston


01 Oct 2013, Houston, United States

PM Realty has started construction in Houston on a 40-story high-rise which is drawing criticism due to its close resemblance to Studio Gang's famed Aqua Tower in Chicago. Upon completion, in about two years, the 40-story 2929 Weslayan Houston tower could be Houston's tallest residential building. Read more.

Latest Canary Wharf Tower Given Go-Ahead


27 Sep 2013, London, United Kingdom

Plans have been approved for a 623-foot (190-meter) office tower at the Heron Quays West site in Canary Wharf, designed by Adamson Associates. Tower Hamlets councilors gave the go-ahead for the plans, which replace an earlier scheme designed by Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners (RSH+P). Read more.

Millennium Tower Boston Breaks Ground


23 Sep 2013, Boston, United States

Ground was broken last week on the $630 million skyscraper project next to the site of the historic Filene's department store in Downtown Crossing, Boston. The 625-foot (191-meter) mixed-use Millennium Tower project has been in the planning phases for years, since before the recession. Read more.