Skip to comments.Chinese workers build 15-story hotel in just six days
Posted on 11/12/2010 1:01:04 PM PST by Attention Surplus Disorder
As the United States and China battle over the finer points of currency manipulation at the G-20 summit, American negotiators may want to take note of this startling testimonial to the productivity of Chinese workers: A construction crew in the south-central Chinese city of Changsha has completed a 15-story hotel in just six days. If nothing else, this remarkable achievement will stoke further complaints from American economic pundits that China's economy is far more accomplished than ours in tending to such basics as construction.
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Yeah, like I’d want to stay in a 15-story hotel built that quickly. One good sneeze could bring it down.
Amazing what you can accomplish without labor unions and environmentalists.
See how much you can get done when you don't have union goons and city hall bureaucrats to deal with?
How soon before its’laying on its’side?
"Goooooooooooood morning Changsha!"
Note that it was a pre-fab steel structure, and the site was already fully prepared and all materials were in position.
Regardless, it DOES point out - China has been able to take the most useful aspects of modern technology and productivity, and apply it to manufacturing without the union/bureaucratic/regulatory/tort/ BS that we in the USA add to it.
Is this anything like Dear Leader scoring 11 holes in one the first time he played golf?
“I’m so roanree...Fore!”
I would have paid good money to watch this
ANYTHING is possible with an unlimited supply of slave labor.
—Great Wall of China
—etc. etc. etc.
1 billion slaves helps.
There’s no way I’d stay in that hotel. I understand they don’t have the unions and environmentalists but that’s just a little too fast for a 15-story building.
I hope they got to rest on the seventh day.
You could never do that in this country. The Unions would not let anyone work that hard or long. This would take at least 4 years in this country.
This isn’t all that impressive. There’s a business leadership video out there called “The Two Hour House” where people in San Diego actually built an entire house in less than two hours. Of course it was preceeded by months of planning, extensive pre-fabrication, and a team of hundreds that had planned and practiced ahead of time. But it shows how almost anything can be accomplished if the prep work is comprehensive enough.
No city restrictions. Maybe no building codes?
No lawsuits, inspectors and so forth.
No Structural Engineering nor building inspections, either?
What the heck are those?
“Chinese workers build 15-story hotel in just six days “
Sure they weren’t Amish?
That was about 30 years ago. Things have not improved.
Pure unadulterated tripe.
An Amish hotel wouldn’t have electricity, no a/c, hot water heaters, elevators. I wouldn’t want to stay in this Chinese hotel or an Amish hotel either!
And here we are almost 10 years after 9/11.
News flash: they can also build warships, aircraft, and missiles really quickly (and cheaply).
They may not be as good as ours — yet — but they definitely have the capability to overwhelm with sheer numbers.
Defeating the Japanese in WWII was a foregone conclusion, once the first shot was fired; the Japanese could not match our industrial output and the more sophisticated Japanese (e.g. Adm. Yamamoto, educated in the US).
Fast forward seventy years. It’s the Chinese with the industrial might. They can replace war materiel as fast as nearly anyone can destroy it. Personnel too.
Very sobering, if you ask me.
Empire State Building took one year and 45 days or 410 days.
Completed ahead of schedule.
3,400 workers at one time.
Five workers were killed: one worker was struck by a truck; a second fell down an elevator shaft; a third was hit by a hoist; a fourth was in a blast area; and a fifth fell off a scaffold.
I wouldn't be so sure.
China has more standing buildings over 500 years old than we have built in the last 20 years.
They can get things done because they do not have as many unionists and bureaucrats standing by for their share. Imagine that...this country has surpassed even that communist state in the number of bureaucrats feeding at the trough.
I saw that appt building in shanghai last year just after it fell around mid june
Yet it has taken the United States, 9 years and counting to build something at ground zero.
Scary to think about, but it's why we have these things.
Have to admire that stunt.
Key to our defeat of the Japanese was the fact that we had damage control systems and training in place. They found out that you can't martyr your way to victory. The leadership uses martyrs to their advancement.
Impressive, but will it stand up to a Chinese fire drill?
>> it’s why we have these things.
It’s not enough to have them — you also have to have the will to use them.
Agree 100% on the anti-missile capability comment. You want a good “shovel ready” stimulus program that would actually create good jobs? Pour Federal dollars into a anti-missile R&D program. Money VERY well spent.
Actually, I have seen the national building code for much of China. It’s quite formidable mostly due to worries about earthquakes and typhoons. However, that doesn’t preclude some corrupt official from overlooking the code. The government response, however, is a pretty speedy trial and execution.
It’s probably constructed from garbage.
Your argument was true 60 years ago. It is not longer steel. It is silicon, information management and precision destruction. They are way behind that curve.
There's no market for extremely tall tower office space.
That said, something can and should be built there as an attraction, a monument and also commercially viable space.
A mosque within a mile would ruin the site.
High rises don’t go up in a week without trying to set some record with both massive coordination and less regular restrictions IMO.
Damn!....how’d they get away with pouring just a 1 foot footer?
From other photographs, you can see that they pulled up some pretty deep pilings, though, clearly, not enough and not deep enough. I knew a guy who was working construction of the first “skyscraper” in Cheasepeake, VA. The soil there is quite soft. They had to drive in a big number of piles until the strike of the hammer resulted in less than some specified motion, which I forget. The site was directly opposite town hall, and the mayor had done something to piss him off, so he always made sure to drive as many strikes as possible when the mayor was in the building.
The building in the photograph was build on soft soil and apparently building inspectors had been paid off, because the pilings were nowhere within shouting distance of local code. One side of the building quickly settled a lot faster than the other (what’s Chinese for “Oh shit!”) and, as they say in Shanghai, disaster ensued.
One of the liberty ships took four days to build from keel laid to launch. Think we could do that today?
>>Yet it has taken the United States, 9 years and counting to build something at ground zero.<<
Actually, that is incorrect. It is missing two words, and in that word is the MAIN problem in the US.
Here it is, with the needed words:
Yet it has taken the United States, 9 years and counting to START TO build something at ground zero.
It’s actually quite impressive and “level 9 earthquake resistant” whatever that means. I would like to know if they used Chinese drywall.
One or two of the tubes protruding are hollow. Pilings usually are much longer, to bedrock if there is bedrock...I wouldn't call these pilings by any stretch of the imagination.
Time release movie - amazing.
The whole thing with pilings is that they are driven deep enough that the friction exerted on all surfaces is greater than the load that they support, if there is no bedrock. The float in the substrate and you better hope you dont get much water on them if they are wood.
What’s the deal with that building anyway? Built on land fill or something? Piers don’t seem to have done the trick.
They may have driven a tube down and back filled it with concrete. Whatever they did, I won’t copy them. There was a thread on the building at the time. The builder bypassed local code, bribed the inspectors. IIRC, the building collapsed before it was even finished. The Chinese are inveterate gamblers, the builder was probably cutting corners for decades. I think he may have a found a limit.
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