Popular Mechanics Broke Out the Power Tools and Built This DIY Workshop in the Sky

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Five days a week, the editorial staff of Popular Mechanics magazine reports to work on the 23rd floor of Hearst Tower, a 46-story diagrid of stainless steel and low-E glass designed by Norman Foster and honored with LEED platinum certification. And inside the hushed expanse of glass walls, where high-tech AC equipment uses outside air to cool the space, it is a strange thing indeed to hear the sounds of hammering and sawing, power tools and a Shop-Vac breaking the calm from the other side of a door near the building’s northwest corner.

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