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November 27, 2003 | From Associated Press
An investigation into a high-rise fire that killed six people last month concluded that an unnecessary evacuation order and firefighters' failure to immediately search every floor for victims contributed to the deaths. The city released a summary Wednesday of its investigation into the Oct. 17 blaze in the 35-story Cook County Administration Building. The victims died of smoke inhalation and were found in locked stairwells.
November 22, 2003 | Roger Vincent, Times Staff Writer
A Boston investment company said Friday that it had acquired Citicorp Center, one of Los Angeles' signature skyscrapers, for more than $170 million. The 48-story tower at the northwest corner of Flower and 5th streets, home to such blue-chip tenants as banking giants Citigroup Inc. and Wells Fargo Co., is probably best known as the fictional headquarters of a law firm featured in the Emmy-winning television series "L.A. Law" that ran for eight seasons in the late 1980s and early '90s.
November 10, 2003 | Tomas Alex Tizon, Times Staff Writer
Overshadowed for decades by Seattle and its famous Space Needle, this hilly port city on the Puget Sound plans to build its own tall, pointy edifice. Its working name is the Tacoma Spire. If built from the current design, the spire would rise 400 feet and resemble a very thin pyramid. It would be made of steel, glass and shimmering mesh that would simultaneously reflect and let in light. It would cost about $7 million.
October 20, 2003 | From Times Wire Reports
The fire that killed six people in a 35-story government office building in Chicago may have been started by malfunctioning light fixtures, investigators said. An electrical engineer was hired to test the fixtures, wires and switches in the 12th floor storage room where the fire began. The results may not be available for up to two weeks, said Tom Ahern, spokesman for the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.
October 18, 2003 | From Associated Press
A fire in a high-rise county administration building Friday killed six people and trapped workers in smoke-filled stairways and hallways, officials said. The dead were among 13 people overcome by smoke who were not found until firefighters conducted a floor-by-floor search of the 35-story building in the downtown Loop district after the fire was brought under control. Some of those trapped had called 911 on their cellular phones.
October 13, 2003 | From Times Wire Reports
City planners are seeking construction of a skyscraper that could be as high as the 853-foot TransAmerica Pyramid, the city's highest building. The idea is part of an ambitious plan to redevelop the city's Transbay Terminal. To help finance a new terminal, the city would allow developers to build at least six residential towers south of the Financial District. The plan stipulates that a tower more than 800 feet high could be built next to the terminal if it passes analysis.
February 14, 2003 | Ching-Ching Ni, Times Staff Writer
Much of the planet might be wary of skyscrapers after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, but ambitious Shanghai is charging ahead with plans to construct the world's tallest building. At 101 stories and 1,624 feet tall, the Shanghai World Financial Center would be another symbol of a metropolis whose can-do spirit and robust growth stand in contrast to jittery economies and worries about war elsewhere.
April 28, 2002 | From Associated Press
Because of the collapse of the World Trade Center towers, fire chiefs around the world will be less likely to send firefighters to the upper floors of burning skyscrapers, the former fire commissioner of New York City said Saturday. Otherwise, strategies for battling such fires are unlikely to change much after the terrorist attacks on the twin towers, said Thomas Van Essen, who retired in January.
December 13, 2001 | From Times Wire Reports
Donald Trump scrapped his plan to build the world's tallest building after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, opting instead for a 78-story skyscraper on Chicago's riverfront. The 1,073-foot glass-covered building, called Trump Tower Chicago, would be the city's fourth-tallest skyscraper. The New York real estate tycoon said in July he was considering building the world's tallest building on the site now occupied by the Chicago Sun-Times building.
For centuries the gilt spire of the Sule Pagoda soared over Yangon's roofs and palm tops, unchallenged on the skyline of a city rich in colonial architecture and exotic Asian atmosphere. Then, foreign developers perpetrated what residents say is comparable to planting a high-rise next to Paris' Notre Dame Cathedral. Twin 20-story towers were illegally erected some 100 yards from the pagoda, located at the geographic heart of the capital.
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