Between advances in camera technology and advances in internet delivery, it’s becoming easier and easier to keep up with construction projects. Thanks to live jobsite cameras, you can take a peek at some cool projects, without leaving the comfort of your home or office.
Here are six of our favorites, highlighting different kinds of projects going on in cities all over the U.S. In no particular order, they are:
A contemporary art museum being built by Eli and Edythe Broad, this project shows off some cool, contemporary design elements. The building’s 120,000 square feet will house two floors of gallery space, while a 24,000-square-foot public plaza will add a green space.
The reason we chose this project for our list is that it has an interesting concept the builders are calling the “veil-and-vault.” In the center of the building, they’ve placed the vault — an archive/storage space. Around it is the veil, which has a honeycomb structure that provides filtered natural light.
You can take a look at project photos, and a cool time-lapse video, here.
We had a couple of reasons for including the Eco Village project on this list: First, it nicely represents the residential sector. Second, it’s a Habitat for Humanity project and designed as a green construction demonstration.
The whole project includes a neighborhood of 18 homes in a range of 2-, 3-, and 4-bedroom sizes. Each home features plenty of green features, including super-insulated design, durable construction to withstand severe weather, and solar arrays on each roof. The neighborhood will also have a big solar farm to further slash residents’ energy bills.
Another project notable for both humanitarian and construction reasons, the Akron Children’s Hospital is in the middle of a $200 million expansion. This one will add 100 private rooms for babies in intensive care and their families, along with an emergency department and surgery center.
The project also adds an enclosed concourse to connect a new parking garage to the building—patients and staff won’t have to brave the elements to get to and from their vehicles.
Get an eagle-eye view of the project and watch the time-lapse video here.
Coopers Mills Road Substation, Windsor, ME
Let’s take a quick detour to look at infrastructure. Central Maine Power Company is currently working on its Main Power Reliability Program, which includes five new substations and major upgrades or expansions to five more.
You can take a walk through the construction of the Coopers Mills Road substation here.
Looking for a cool demo project? The San Francisco Bay bridge completed its new East span last year. You can watch the demolition of the old East Span (happening right next to the new construction) here — and, of course, take a look at the time-lapse video to see how far the project has come.
Love ’em or hate ’em, the Vikings are certainly taking their new stadium seriously. This huge project, due to be completed in 2016, will add 1,400 permanent seats and the ability to expand seating to 72,000 — 8,000 more than the old stadium.
The new structure also incorporates some cool design elements, such as a transparent ETFE roof and plenty of space — giving fans an outdoor feel in a climate-controlled environment.
This project broke ground in December 2013, and you can get a look at its progress (and history) here.
These are just a few of our favorite projects viewable on live webcams. Got a favorite of your own? Be sure to hop down to the comments section and tell us about it!