Construction Photography

Construction Photography: Seeing Orange, Red, and Yellow

I just got back from a trip to Ann Arbor, Michigan. Being a northern city with only so many snow-free months, Ann Arbor has a “go flat-out while you can” approach to road construction. This year, there’s been quite a bit of road work in and around Ann Arbor. Meaning that you’ll be seeing a…

Construction Photography: Replacing Windows

Five years ago, I decided to replace my house’s drafty metal casement windows. I’m pleased to report that this home improvement project has finally come to an end. Earlier today, the Open Enclose crew came and installed two new windows in the living room. But the old windows didn’t go down without a fight. The…

Event Photography: Dillinger Days and Downtown Tucson Construction

This past weekend, I attended the annual Dillinger Days celebration in Downtown Tucson. This event commemorates the 1934 capture of "Public Enemy Number One," bank robber John Dillinger. The festivities centered around the Hotel Congress, where Dillinger and his gang of outlaws stayed when they first hit town. The hotel boiler caught fire, forcing the…

Construction Photography: House Painting Time!

Since we’ve had a warm, dry fall here in Tucson, it’s been a good time for outdoor projects. My latest was getting the mortar and stucco repaired on my house’s exterior walls. Then it was time to freshen up the paint. Here’s Kurt (from Creative Kurt Painting) getting my studio windows taped… With all the…

Construction Photography: Tear Down the Wall

My front yard was graced (if you want to call  it that) by a crumbling brick retaining wall. The wall had no seep holes, which meant that it was gradually being weakened by moisture. Time to tear down the wall. I wanted replace the old wall with something more attractive. Since I’m a member of…

Construction Photography: Building Freedom Day

Every year on the anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, Habitat for Humanity Tucson begins construction on several homes, building them from the ground up, to not only memorialize the victims, but to celebrate hope, community and the American dream at its annual Building Freedom Day. This past Friday was Habitat Tucson’s eighth annual Building Freedom…

Construction Photography: Solar Exterior Lighting

Although I’m a big fan of renewable energy, I’m not thrilled with the price tag. Take solar power, for example. The equipment and installation costs of a household photovoltaic system can run well into the five figures. Or higher. Yes, I know that there are rebates and tax credits, but you still have to front…

Event Photography: Meet Me at Maynards Social Run and Walk

Downtown Tucson has been under revitalization (read: construction) for many, many moons. Despite all of the dust and detours, things are happening Downtown. One of the newest and most promising is the Meet Me at Maynards social run and walk. The inaugural version happened last night, and it attracted 184 participants. The three-mile course featured…

Construction Photography: Hillside Restoration

When you live on an eroding hillside, you’ve got a problem. Whenever it rains, valuable topsoil is being carried away. This past Sunday, members of the Watershed Management Group’s co-op program were hard at work, restoring a homeowner’s hillside. The goal is to prevent erosion and stabilize the hillside so that native plants can grow…

Travel Photography: Ever been a tourist in your hometown?

Ever been a tourist in your hometown? I decided to take that idea for a little test-ride this past weekend. My itinerary included the Pima Community College West Campus, Sentinel Peak (aka A Mountain), and Tucson’s oldest tree. This eucalyptus hangs in there at the edge of Congress Road, just west of Downtown… Then there…

Construction Photography: Basin Finishing Touches

Who says that University of Arizona students won’t get up bright and early on a Saturday morning? Especially if that Saturday happens to coincide with Valentine’s Day? This past Saturday, I worked with UA water harvesting students in the Rincon Heights neighborhood, which is just south of the campus. The students were joined by a…

Construction Photography: Putting Greywater to Work

This past weekend, I worked with the Watershed Management Group on a greywater harvesting project. This project will take washing machine water and redirect it to plants outside the laundry room. These guys are dry-fitting the ABS pipes that are part of the greywater drainage… After they were finished with the pipe-fitting, we filled trenches…

Construction Photography: More on Water Harvesting for Commercial Properties

This past November, I wrote a post on Tucson’s new ordinance that requires water harvesting for commercial developments. To show how this can be done, the Ward 1 City Council Office is creating a public demonstration site. Work on the Ward 1 site is now being completed. On Saturday, January 24, Watershed Management Group volunteers…

Construction Photography: Reducing Pollution

The people in these photos may look like they are doing a landscaping project, but there is much more to it than that. They are volunteers in a Watershed Management Group project that aims to improve urban water quality… The focus of the project is on reducing non-point source (NPS) pollutants like pet waste, auto…

Construction Photography: Water Harvesting for Commercial Properties

Last month, Tucson became the first American city to require water harvesting for new commercial developments. The new city ordinance requires new developments to meet 50 percent of their landscaping water budget with water that falls on the property. To show how the ordinance will work, the Ward One City Council Office is creating a…

Event Photography: The Solar Society

Here in Tucson, we have an ample supply of sunshine. Which means that we can harness that natural energy and put it to good use. I’m part of a small group called The Solar Society. It’s made up of people who want to develop and build devices that use solar power for home use. Examples…

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