Weekly Poll (23)


Officials have proposed a new fix for San Francisco’s sinking Millennium Tower, that involves drilling piles into bedrock from the sidewalk on the building’s southwest corner, instead of the micro piles going into the bedrock through the concrete foundation. Do you think this is a better option?


The state of Massachusetts has set aside funds in the budget to help home owners deal with crumbling foundations as a result of pyrrhotite-tainted concrete. Do you think the state should be doing more to help?


A recent industry roundtable discussing facade maintenance cited access point maintenance as an issue that building owners need to be more aware of. Do you agree?


The Eiffel Tower is due for its latest coat of paint, and French officials are debating bringing the monument back to its original color, a bright red. What color do you think it should be?


Last month, a developer demolished a Frank Lloyd Wright-designed building in Montana, prompting outrage from building conservancy groups. Do you think the developer had a right to demolish the building?


Local government officials in Rome have enacted an ordinance that heavily restricts automotive traffic on the boulevard next to the Colosseum after extensive cleaning and restoration work that was recently completed. Architects have said that the traffic was a major reason for the amount of soot and grime that had to be cleaned off the historic structure. Do you think more historic sites should limit traffic?


Two wood-framed buildings under construction were destroyed in separate fires in Boston last month. Some officials are now considering stricter rules with the all-wood building method that’s gaining in popularity. Is this a good idea?


The mayor of Philadelphia has created a task force to tackle saving the city’s historic buildings and updating preservation guidelines. Do you think having this committee will be effective?


Architects and preservationists in Washington D.C. criticized the Transit Authority for painting the Metro’s historic, brutalist vault at Union Station white. Do you think this was a justified uproar?


Who should be responsible for paying for lead-based paint abatement?


Legislators have introduced a bill that would allow homeowners without small children or pregnant women to decide whether to require contractors to comply with EPA’s Renovation, Repair and Painting (RRP) Rule regarding lead-safe practices. Good idea or bad idea?


The owner of a nationally protected mansion in the UK is facing a prison term for modernizing the home in violation of the law. Does the punishment fit the crime?


Los Angeles officials are weighing an ordinance that would require property owners to quakeproof thousands of vulnerable buildings within the next 30 years. Good plan?


Overall, how do you feel about the year ahead for your company or your position?


How are you shopping for the holidays this year?


San Francisco has slapped "Earthquake Warning" labels on buildings whose owners are not complying with a new retrofit program. Owners are crying foul. What do you think?


What is your general opinion of local historical commissions?


What architectural energy improvements do you believe offer the best bang for the buck?


Generally speaking, do you think that constructing Olympic and World Cup venues is worth the investment?


Whom do you hold most responsible for the U.S. budget impasse and government shutdown?


Three years after it was implemented, what’s your impression of compliance with the residential Renovation, Repair and Painting Rule?


The U.S. has removed limits on the value of contracts that may be set aside for women-owned small businesses. Is this a good move?


The buyer of a foreclosed, century-old home sold for $3,600 was awarded $115,000 because she did not receive an EPA lead notice. Who should be responsible for such notifications?


 
 
   

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