Cities across the United States are in the middle of a multi-year boom in construction, fueled by local—and foreign—investment and a need for thousands of new apartments.
The surge comes a decade after the Great Recession halted construction and stalled projects nationwide.
According to a Stateline analysis of inflation-adjusted data from the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis, the construction industry’s impact on U.S. gross domestic product has grown by more than 21 percent since its recession low point in 2011, and in 2016, construction’s contribution to the U.S. economy soared above $650 billion for the first time since 2008.
These facts and figures all mean one thing: The skylines of cities are changing. Supertall skyscrapers measuring over 984 feet are currently under construction or have recently debuted in Chicago, Los Angeles, New York, and San Francisco, while other cities, like Boston, Austin, and Philadelphia, are prepping for new high-rises of their own.
We reached out to 13 local Curbed editors from across the country to discover which projects are transforming their cities. Some—like the Salesforce Tower in San Francisco and the Zaha Hadid-designed One Thousand Museum in Miami—are under construction and trekking along toward completion. Other developments—like the just-announced plans for the Hudson’s site redevelopment in Detroit—are in the beginning stages.
All of the projects listed below will fundamentally change their cities, whether by redeveloping a long-neglected area or debuting one of the tallest observation decks in the country. So without further ado, may we present the 13 most important construction projects and developments happening right now in the United States.
Vista Tower in Chicago
The Windy City is in the midst of a building boom, with Curbed Chicago mapping no fewer than 44 high-rises currently under construction. The windfall has also spread out of the Loop and into the city's neighborhoods; construction hotbeds like Milwaukee Avenue will see upward of 3,000 new apartment units over the next few years.