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Old 02-23-2016, 07:57 PM
 
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I realize that companies like buildings that are very tall, they create publicity for their company and cities like them because it brings tourists in,but the way the height is figured out has some funny turns in it.the trump tower in chicago gained some height because they count the river entrance as the main entrance and its lower than the street entrance (im sure trumps money had no influence on that decision!!!), so why not dig down to the bedrock and use that as the main entrance ,any building can gain quit a bit of extra height that way. also you cant count antenea but spires do count,at least antenea serve a purpose ,spires dont, so why
not just build a 1 story building with 2000 ft spire and call it a 2000 feet building??? building height IMHO should be street level to the some type of recognized roof line.
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Old 03-01-2016, 10:53 AM
 
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I know that to get the tallest buildings, owners play shenanigans with towers, spires, and whatnot, but generally the true height of a building in a major city has to be first cleared with applicable zoning rules and then with the FAA (Federal Aviation Administration - no buildings blocking airline flight paths), as these are much bigger limiting factors of building height for your average building. To find a site that has no zoning regulations and no FAA height restrictions in a populated downtown area is somewhat complicated as the sites are more limited than one might think.
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Old 03-12-2016, 03:57 PM
 
Location: Brooklyn, NY
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In the grand scheme of things, the "official" building height is insignificant.
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Old 03-16-2016, 12:46 AM
 
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In the grand scheme of things, the "official" building height is insignificant.
not when you're spending hundreds of millions of dollars.
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Old 03-21-2016, 02:39 PM
 
Location: Nesconset, NY
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I realize that companies like buildings that are very tall, they create publicity for their company and cities like them because it brings tourists in,but the way the height is figured out has some funny turns in it.the trump tower in chicago gained some height because they count the river entrance as the main entrance and its lower than the street entrance (im sure trumps money had no influence on that decision!!!), so why not dig down to the bedrock and use that as the main entrance ,any building can gain quit a bit of extra height that way. also you cant count antenea but spires do count,at least antenea serve a purpose ,spires dont, so why
not just build a 1 story building with 2000 ft spire and call it a 2000 feet building??? building height IMHO should be street level to the some type of recognized roof line.
A few comments come to mind:

1) in downtown Chicago street level is above ground level; the street was raised; therefore, the building should be measured from the ground and not the street

2) Trump doesn't build buildings, he licenses his name to developers in order for them to get financing for a project

3) I agree, the roof over the ceiling of the topmost habitable space should be the limit on the height of a building
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Old 03-25-2016, 12:44 AM
 
Location: Tucson/Nogales
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In Las Vegas you'll find some ridiculousness to declared height/floors here! It all started with the Asians streaming into this city with their superstitious ways with 4's.

If you ride the elevator at the Palazzo Tower, or some of the other higher towers on the Strip, you'll see all the 4's are missing. Yes, you jump from the 39th to the 50th floor, no 40's! Even though there's 54 floors in the tower, they advertise it as 64 stories!

And Americans also have their superstitions with 13's, but if you add 1+3, you get 4! No different!
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