Chinese Company Builds 30 Storey Hotel In Just Two Weeks
News Posted On: 15 March 2012
The urban population in China has grown by almost 400 million since 1990, increasing the need for new building. However unlike Western cities where construction can take months to complete, China is renowned for its breakneck speed of construction.
Recently a 30 story hotel was constructed in a little more than two weeks, leaving Western architects bemused. Although prefabricated buildings are able to reduce construction time by around one third to one half, the builders of this particular hotel managed to knock around two thirds off the normal building schedule.
Building a 30 storey tower in just two weeks has become possible due to the amount of prefabrication work done in the factory, with the foundations being laid ahead of time. China also has an advantage in the abundance of workers available for such projects.
However there are worries that building at such a speed inevitably involves cutting corners, and certainly there is little time for the reviews and inspections which are necessary in western construction. The company behind this hotel, Broad Sustainable Building, which was constructed in Changsa, is adamant no corners were cut, and instead claims its construction methods will make China's buildings more environmentally friendly and cheaper to build.
It even claims that around a third of the world’s new buildings will be done this way in the near future. Constructing buildings in such a way is estimated to cut costs by around 20% or even 30% compared to traditional methods. The building has been declared earthquake resistant up to a magnitude 9 by the China Academy of Building Research.
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Written by Les Calvert
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