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TrueLook Project RoundUp: Top 3 Construction Projects of 2020

Despite the challenges of 2020, many high-profile construction projects continued — and TrueLook cameras were onsite, to document it all. This post rounds up our top 3 construction projects of the year. These were ranked by number of views that the project cameras received this year.

1. University of Texas, South End Zone

The first of the top 3 construction projects is the University of Texas’ South End Zone Project. In May 2020, they broke ground, launching an expansion and renovation project that significantly reshaped Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium. The project included renovations to the Moncrief-Neuhaus Athletic Center, improving the gameday experience for fans and expanding amenities for students. The new design encloses the stadium and carries over the architecture of the north and east sides to the new entry towers. 

A cool new feature of the stadium is a huge video board, measuring 55.85’ high b 134.38’ wide, replacing an 11-year-old Daktronic LED scoreboard. The video board will be the fourth largest in college football. Construction will be complete in time for the 2021 football season, and the University of Texas is keeping fans apprised of progress by sharing access to the camera on their university sports page.

2. GE Johnson, Pikes Peak Summit House

Sitting 14,115 feet above sea level in Colorado Springs, CO, the 38,000 Pikes Peak Summit Complex is the highest ongoing construction site in North America. It offers breathtaking views from Colorado’s Pikes Peak, also known as America’s Mountain, and more than half a million people visit every year. The new complex is replacing the existing Summit House and will offer an immersive visitor experience. The project began in June, 2018, and TrueLook cameras were there to capture the progress. 

Pikes Peak Summit House construction
As the sun rises on Pikes Peak Summit House on Christmas morning.

One notable aspect of this project is that it’s being constructed to meet The Living Building Challenge, which outlines the world’s most rigorous green building standards. To that end, the complex is built in alignment with nature, with the goal of creating an environment that optimizes physical and psychological health and wellbeing. The project is also pursuing LEED Platinum Certification.

3. Balfour Beatty, The Wharf

Rounding out our top 3 construction projects of 2020 is Phase II of The Wharf in Washington DC. Balfour Beatty, an industry-leading general contractor in the U.S., is building and renovating two signature projects at The Wharf, a 3-million-square-foot development along Washington D.C.’s historic Southwest waterfront. The two buildings are an office building at 1000 Maine, and the Maine Avenue Fish Market, which is the oldest continuously operating open-air fish market in the U.S.

The Wharf Project Progress
Snapshot of progress on The Wharf, Phase II: September 23, 2020 vs. December 2, 2020

The Wharf is a densely packed urban area, and as such, construction involves major logistical challenges. The public is in close proximity to construction, so the team must be diligent about ensuring construction activities don’t pose a safety hazard.

View Balfour Beatty’s TrueLook cam of the Wharf Phase II.

TrueLook Cameras — and Essential Jobsite Tool for 2021

Live views and time-lapses of high-profile construction projects are not only fascinating to watch, but in cases like thee, they also play a critical role in keeping the public informed. Even more importantly, the cameras provide 24×7 documentation of activities and progress, enhance jobsite security and productivity, and simplify compliance. 

Today — when photos and video footage fuel the conversation on social media — high-quality visuals are a must-have for any construction project. They help to raise awareness about what local agencies are accomplishing, and they serve as a powerful promotional tool for construction firms working on the projects. TrueLook provides market-leading time-lapses, live jobsite viewing capabilities and intelligent security for any size construction project. Learn more about our cameras or view a live demo.