10 of the Most Incredible Construction Time Lapse Videos of the Year

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Undoubtedly, building a new skyscraper, school, hospital or stadium from the ground up is an incredible feat. However, it’s easy to get caught up in the day to day that you forget about the progress that was made, especially when you’ve been working on a project for months, even years. It’s part of the reason why we all love a good construction time lapse video. They let us see the big picture as we sit back and watch the progress unfold from start to finish.

Even if you haven’t worked on the project, watching a time lapse video can provide some serious inspiration and pride for what construction teams can accomplish together. That’s why we’ve compiled 10 of our favorite construction time lapse videos of the year so far, below. From megaprojects to museums, watch the videos below taken with some of the top construction time lapse cameras today to see inside these incredible project transformations.

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1. Hudson Yards

Hudson Yards has changed New York’s Hudson River skyline with the addition of new skyscrapers and an innovative art installation and experience center. In fact, Hudson Yards is the largest private real estate development in the U.S. by area. The first of its two phases opened this year, and the construction time lapse video documents the incredible first half of the project.

2. Chase Center

The Chase Center, the new home to the Golden State Warriors, opened its doors this year. The state of the art arena was a $1.4 billion project that took two years to build in San Francisco. See for yourself how the massive project was built in the construction time lapse video.

3. Statue of Liberty Museum

Museums are some of the most interesting construction projects with striking designs and innovative facades. The Statue of Liberty Museum on Ellis Island is no exception, with the original Statue of Liberty's torch at its centerpiece. See for yourself how construction unfolded.

4. Las Vegas Stadium

The Las Vegas Stadium is another new and major sports center completed this year in the U.S. Topping out at $1.8 billion and 17 months of work, the stadium will be the new home to the Raiders. With a stunning desert backdrop, watch the inspiring video shot on a construction time lapse camera.
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5. Goethals Bridge

Watching bridge construction is fascinating, especially if you can see the progress unfold before your eyes. Goethals Bridge was a four-year project costing $1.5 billion to replace an original 1928 bridge, linking New York and New Jersey.

6. One Bennett Park

One Bennett Park in Chicago’s downtown opened this year, complete with a two-acre park and 70-story residential tower. The video shot with a construction time lapse camera shows the skyscraper being constructed over the course of three years, in less than a minute.

7. UDOT Highway

While many of us get frustrated when road construction interrupts our morning commute, it’s necessary. Hopefully, when you see the construction time lapse video of the 18-month UDOT highway project, you’ll gain a new appreciation for this type of infrastructure work.

8. Microsoft Redmond Campus

In certain metro areas around the country, building tech campuses is big business for construction teams. This is a unique time lapse video because it’s focused on the demolition of the original Redmond-based Microsoft campus, showing the amount of work it takes well before new construction can begin.

9. Mardi Gras Construction Time Lapse Video

Not all construction is meant to last for a long time. In the case of Mardi Gras, work is more temporary than most. If you ever wanted to see builders’ role in preparing for an event like Mardi Gras, watch this fun construction time lapse video.

10. Washington University in St. Louis - Danford Campus

University construction projects transform campuses. In the case of Washington University in St. Louis, the recently completed Danford Campus shows some inspiring changes taking place in just over two years.

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Grace Ellis

As Manager of Content Marketing Strategy at Autodesk and Editor in Chief of the Digital Builder Blog, Grace has nearly 15 years of experience creating world-class content for technology firms. She has been working within the construction technology space for the last 6+ years and is passionate about empowering industry professionals with cutting-edge tools and leading strategies that improve the quality of their jobs and lives.