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  1. I hate you for pointing this out, I can't squeeze in another trip this year and I haven't been to Barcelona yet!
  2. I saw some new brew equipment on a flat bed truck heading east on central this morning. Someone had a fun delivery today
  3. [email protected] has been responsive to me in the past.
  4. Probably CATS, who designates timepoints. If that was indeed the issue, CATS should have selected a timepoint where a bus could safely idle without blocking traffic
  5. better than those stinking mudblood urbanists...!
  6. I think it will be entirely pointless because it's Union County
  7. I think "semi-functional" is the case. http://charlottenc.gov/cats/transit-planning/art-in-transit/current-projects/Pages/ble-uncc-station.aspx
  8. Fundamentally, building code is designed to do three things, in descending priority: 1) Prevent fire long enough for occupants to escape, 2) Prevent fire long enough for fire fighters to safely enter a building and fight it, and 3) Prevent building damage. If we use potential explosives as the baseline for fire proofing residential units, the code would treat them as "Hazardous" occupancies (like chemical warehouses or labs), and we wouldn't be able to afford to build anything ever again. Having said that, depending on the sprinkler system type installed and a few other things, residential units are "encased" by a fire rating of 1/2 to 1 hours, meaning the walls, doors, etc enclosing a unit will resist the passage of fire for that amount of time. Great care and attention is paid to wall joints, penetrations and other ways fire could otherwise "leap" or spread from unit to unit. For most of these wood stick-built projects, the entire superstructure (columns, floors, roof) are also rated 1 hour. So hypothetically an oxygen canister explodes. It compromises 4 apartment units. The fire suppression system is immediately triggered in the floors/zones and the sprinkler system (the supply is protected by code), deluges the building areas affected, and the fire alarm system automatically notifies the local fire department. The walls of the compromised unit will hold back the fire for at least a 1/2 hour. All residents safely escape via multiple means of egress, all of which are protected by their own 1 or 2-hour ratings. Fire fighters have good code-required truck access and water access, even on the upper floors, where they can plug into standpipe systems for water flow. All apartment buildings are considered commercial construction, and their fire protection systems are inspected regularly to ensure good maintenance. Yes, people can be stupid and irresponsible. But my point is that the building code already takes that into account. Deaths in commercial fires are extremely rare, and almost always happen in very old pre-code buildings. In total - including single family homes - only 3200 people died in fires in 2014. That is an astonishingly low number that has been going lower every year. I only ask that no one underestimate the massive investment of time, energy and money in fire prevention and protection that goes on in the built environment.
  9. Lest I ever regret my words, it's not likely. It is very difficult to burn down modern commercial buildings, regardless of their construction, and on top of that it is even harder for fire to spread. Last night's incident - as well as some similar incidents (this happened in Dallas a couple of years ago) - was on an active construction site in the middle of wood framing, long before any real fire protection systems are installed. Apart from some kind of explosion, the adjacent buildings were never in real danger of burning down. Their exterior walls did what they were supposed to do and greatly slowed the transmission of heat/fire to their interiors, where sprinkler systems would have snuffed it out in a hurry. Chapter 33 of the North Carolina Building Code covers safeguards during construction, including excavation, sanitation, protecting pedestrians & adjoining property, maintaining safe egress for workers (notably no one died last night), and the locating of fire extinguishers throughout a construction site. It further refers to the International Fire Code chapter 14 for more requirements for flammable liquids, explosives, smoking requirements, and welding or roof tar operations.
  10. Thin brick laid up into precast panels, I bet @Miesian Corners is loving it
  11. There's been a fatal accident involving the light rail at Hebron Steet. http://www.charlotteobserver.com/news/local/article138841088.html I know early on there were a couple of deaths that were ultimately suicides, and certainly some minor car accidents along the way, but is this the first serious incident in the blue line's 9.5 year history?
  12. How do you mean? Site work is underway
  13. It's Charlotte weirdness. The numbering starts at Trade Street (which of course lies between 4th and 5th streets).
  14. It's 24th street. You can see McCreesh Place in the background. It's some bizarre oddity that the street postal numbers don't align with the street numbers. (2100 on 24th St)