Last month’s partial collapse of the Rafael Viñoly-designed David L. Lawrence Convention Center, in Pittsburgh, led to the local Sports & Exhibition Authority facing tough questions at a city council meeting on Monday. The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported that investigators are questioning a decision made in 2005 to omit protective coverings at the expansion joints where the building’s floor beams meet its frame. Since February, workers have been retrofitting these coverings— according to the original blueprints— in preparation for the Pittsburgh Home & Garden Show that opens today. (See also RECORD's coverage.)
The fate of Paul Rudolph’s Blue Cross/Blue Shield office building will come under scrutiny by the Boston Landmarks Commission at a public hearing next week, The New York Times reported on Wednesday. Labeled “one of the most controversial structures in the U.S. in some time,” when it opened 37 years ago, the building occupies a site where a developer—with the support of Boston’s mayor—wants to build an 80-story tower, New England’s tallest, designed by Renzo Piano. Look for additional coverage on our site next week.