French Spiderman Busted in Houston Tower Climb

Robert Alain Philippe, 43, the French Spiderman who climbs world tall towers was arrested begin climbing the 678-foot-tall One Houston Center building for illegal trespassing and having a controlled substance (two tablets of the sedative Xanax).

Posted in Adventures, Tallest Buildings by with comments disabled.

Is Wyoming’s Tallest Structure a Dormitory or a Coast Guard Tower Aimed at Helping Great Lakes Navigation?

The Casper Tribune has an article on the highest structures in Wyoming. Most believe 12-story McIntyre Hall at the University of Wyoming is the tallest in the state. However the Wyoming Almanac notes the Jim Bridger Power Plant in Sweetwater County is 24 stories high — although it’s a smoke stack. Ironically, though the tallest manmade structure is a 700-foot tower near Gillette owned by the Coast Guard nominally aimed at helping navigation in the Great Lakes! The tower part of the LORAN-C network is based on 1950’s military technology for providing precise navigation radio signals (LORAN = LOng RAnge Navigation) . The towers are be retrofitted so they will compliment and provide an emergency land-based backup to GPS.

Wikipedia reference to LORAN
Wikipedia List of Tallest Structures By State

Posted in Tallest Buildings, Wyoming by with comments disabled.

French “Spiderman” Plans Climb of Taipei 101

The Taipei Times reports Frenchman Alain “Spiderman” Robert plans to climb the world’s tallest building, the 508m-high Taipei 101 before the skyscraper’s official opening on Dec. 31. The building’s management extended the offer to him to climb it. Taipei 101 also holds the record for the highest occupied floor (at 438m) and the highest roof (448m) — taking three of the council’s four official height categories. Robert, 42, will climb Taipei 101 up to its spire, equipped only with a safety belt of the type used by high-rise window washers.

Posted in Asia, Tallest Buildings by with comments disabled.

French Dedicate World’s Tallest Road Bridge (886 Feet) — Taller Than Eiffle Tower

Bloomberg repots that the French have dedicated the world’s highest road bridge which is taller than the Eiffle Tower.

The Millau Viaduct carries the highway from Paris to the Mediterranean some 270 meters (886 feet) above the Tarn River. Stretching for 2.5 kilometers (1.5 miles), the bridge took three years to build at a cost of 320 million euros ($426 million). Motorists will be charged 4.9 euros to drive over it.

Built by French construction company Eiffage SA to Foster’s design, the bridge’s highest pylon measures 343 meters. That’s about 20 meters taller than the Eiffel Tower in Paris, which Eiffage helped build for the 1889 World’s Fair.

Posted in Europe, France, Tallest Buildings by with comments disabled.