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15-Story Hotel In Shanghai Built In Just 6 DAYS! (Plus it's level 9 earthquake resistant!)
Business Insider ^ | 11/11/2010 | William Wei

Posted on 11/11/2010 5:48:13 PM PST by WebFocus

A 15-story hotel in Shanghai, China was built in six days, according to ArchDaily. What's even more impressive is that this building is apparently "Level 9 Earthquake Resistant."

CLICK ABOVE LINK FOR VIDEO OF ITs CONSTRUCTION

(Excerpt) Read more at businessinsider.com ...


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Culture/Society; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: construction; hotel; shanghai
ANOTHER VIDEO HERE:

http://www.archdaily.com/88245/video-ark-hotel/

1 posted on 11/11/2010 5:48:16 PM PST by WebFocus
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To: WebFocus

LOL, sure it is! (sarcasm)


2 posted on 11/11/2010 5:49:47 PM PST by Gapplega
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To: WebFocus
Well, if you're old enough, I've no doubt you can remember Mao's famous programme of '20 Years Progress in a Single Day'.

Antacids available upon request.

3 posted on 11/11/2010 5:50:38 PM PST by SAJ (Zerobama -- a phony and a prick, therefore a dildo.)
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To: WebFocus

I think they bought it at Ikea.


4 posted on 11/11/2010 5:54:38 PM PST by Andyman (The truth shall make you FReep.)
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To: Andyman
They couldn't have bought it at Ikea. They would still be sorting through the packing for that little wrench....

/johnny

5 posted on 11/11/2010 5:56:15 PM PST by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: WebFocus

I wonder if it will fare better than this one, also built in Shanghai.

6 posted on 11/11/2010 5:59:03 PM PST by Right Wing Assault (The Obama magic is <strike>fading</strike>gone.)
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To: Right Wing Assault

“I wonder if it will fare better than this one, also built in Shanghai.”

When they built that one they were holding the plans sideways.


7 posted on 11/11/2010 6:00:41 PM PST by jessduntno (In the news: Arab assassins. Wind mills. Pirates. We are back in the 7th Century.)
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To: WebFocus

Wow - I’ll bet they really did a good job!


8 posted on 11/11/2010 6:01:36 PM PST by Slump Tester (What if I'm pregnant Teddy? Errr-ahh -Calm down Mary Jo, we'll cross that bridge when we come to it)
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To: Right Wing Assault

Well, to be fair, that one proved quite durable if a tad unstable.


9 posted on 11/11/2010 6:02:01 PM PST by rogue yam
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To: WebFocus; a fool in paradise

10 posted on 11/11/2010 6:02:01 PM PST by Revolting cat! (Let us prey!)
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To: Right Wing Assault

I was close to this area in China when that building toppled. My Chinese guide said proudly “If you notice, none of the windows broke.”


11 posted on 11/11/2010 6:03:55 PM PST by keepitreal ( Good manners never go out of style)
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To: Gapplega

Earthquake “resistant”, not earthquake proof or did something get lost in the translation? How long will it “resist” a level 9? (milliseconds)


12 posted on 11/11/2010 6:04:24 PM PST by MulberryDraw
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To: WebFocus

CMU block is still green after 9 days


13 posted on 11/11/2010 6:05:22 PM PST by Rome2000 (OBAMA IS A COMMUNIST CRYPTO-MUSLIM)
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To: WebFocus

"Goooooooooooooood morning, Shanghai!!"

14 posted on 11/11/2010 6:06:57 PM PST by ClearCase_guy
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To: WebFocus

Did a poor person with 8 children and a disability own the piece of land before this was constructed and magically Ty Pennington shows up with a beer in one hand and a camera in the other?


15 posted on 11/11/2010 6:08:36 PM PST by Sawdring
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To: WebFocus
I can see that being done if it was a bunch of units stacked on top of each other with a crane, each unit being petty much all ready completed before they started stacking them on top of each other, and all they would have to do is go in and connect each units electrical, water, and sewage lines together, and unwrap the furniture, get the hotel open and spend the next couple of years fixing or finishing the rest. The Alaskan Highway was built in like what 9 monthes or so, but they've been fixing, and refixing it ever since.
16 posted on 11/11/2010 6:12:22 PM PST by ReformedBeckite
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To: WebFocus
...never heard of "level 9 earthquake resistance". AFIK the International Conference of Building Officils uses earthquake zones , for instance zone 4 is the highest level.

I am inspecting the reinforced concrete on a Los Angeles school right now with 6 large multi story buildings totalling 200,000 sq ft and it usually takes several attempts and a lot of persistence over the span of several days to get even these top notch high bidder sub-contractors to make corrections on structural flaws before they get set in concrete

17 posted on 11/11/2010 6:14:16 PM PST by KTM rider ( Liberty is hijacked by the wealthy elite, US political system is their mercenary force)
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To: keepitreal

I thought it was impressive that it didn’t crack and apparently fell as one piece.


18 posted on 11/11/2010 6:16:55 PM PST by MarkeyD (Obama is a victim of Affirmative Action)
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To: WebFocus

Well done. I’ve seen this done in the US with homes.


19 posted on 11/11/2010 6:24:08 PM PST by 1010RD (First Do No Harm)
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To: 1010RD

This is one reason why I always laughed when the Dems would say, “It’s useless to drill for oil in Alaska because it would take us 10 years to get an oil refinery up and running!”


20 posted on 11/11/2010 6:32:02 PM PST by sand lake bar
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To: ReformedBeckite
The Alaskan Highway was built in like what 9 monthes or so

It was actually opened in five months. Crews working from the South and from the North met at a creek now known as Contact Creek. A marvel, even today.

21 posted on 11/11/2010 6:32:43 PM PST by snowtigger (.)
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To: WebFocus

The swarming time lapse reminds me of when the Chinese were sometimes called the ‘blue ants’ for their habit of wearing the blue Mao suits and they looked much alike.


22 posted on 11/11/2010 6:34:46 PM PST by wildbill (You're just jealous because the Voices talk only to me.)
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To: sand lake bar

Right. I hate the words “can’t”.

It seems that’s the entire liberal agenda - unless it is immoral, harmful or enslaving.

Then it’s Yes We Can!


23 posted on 11/11/2010 6:43:37 PM PST by 1010RD (First Do No Harm)
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To: ReformedBeckite

Exactly that technique—building concret modular cube units complete with plumbing, electric, water lines and even furniture inside—was used/pioneered by a San Antonio contractor in 1968 to build the Hilton Palacio hotel in time for Hemisfair 68.

They had a propeller on the back of the platform and as the crane raised the cube to the proper height they ‘flew’ the unit into place. By the end of the construction they were setting up to 20 units per day into place, hooking them up and making them ready for occupancy.

The hotel opened in record time


24 posted on 11/11/2010 6:43:59 PM PST by wildbill (You're just jealous because the Voices talk only to me.)
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To: keepitreal
"My Chinese guide said proudly “If you notice, none of the windows broke.”

I guess there is a point to be proud of in that.

Just jack 'er back up and put a little better glue on the bottom this time. lol

25 posted on 11/11/2010 6:53:09 PM PST by TigersEye (Who crashed the markets on 9/28/08 and why?)
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To: WebFocus

It looks as though the prefabricated box construction and the outer shell were assembled quite quickly. However, it would be interesting to see how the inside finish work turned out.

A lot of the Chinese workers are migrant workers who came from the farm and have little experience in construction. If you ever see the work inside of a Chinese apartment building or an office, you’d be amazed at how badly they are put together.

In my Shanghai apartment, the light switches were miswired. In the shower, the floor slopes AWAY from the drain.

In a lot of office buildings, the Chinese like to use smooth marble on the floors because it looks pretty. However, when the rainy season comes, the slippery floors because death traps for the elderly. Also, there are often discontinuities in the floor levels between rooms because the floor of one room might use wood while another might use marble while another might use concrete. Instead of trying to make the floors all even, they assume that you’ll watch where you’re walking when you go from one room to another.

In the U.S., we take for granted that the steps in the stairways will all be evenly spaced. In China, the steps are often evenly spaced except the last step at the top. Instead of planning in advance so that all of the steps are even, the Chinese often just cut off the top step arbitrarily wherever it happens to meet the floor.


26 posted on 11/11/2010 7:08:54 PM PST by Rybashka
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To: WebFocus

What you don’t see...

the foundation work

the interior

They didn’t just pick a spot and start stacking and it looks like a hollow shell.


27 posted on 11/11/2010 7:17:14 PM PST by JWinNC (www.anailinhisplace.net)
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To: TigersEye
...none of the windows broke...

Hard to break thick tempur glass straight on, some of that stuff you can hit with a hammer straight on and it won't break, but hit it on it's edge and it breaks pretty easy. I know I worked in a window company, fortunately the glass their was a lot thinner and smaller then what goes into Hotel windows. Also that stuff is pretty heavy, maybe they had too many windows on one side. < /sarcasm>

28 posted on 11/11/2010 7:21:38 PM PST by ReformedBeckite
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To: Rybashka

How long have you lived in Shanghai? I lived there from 1996 - 1998. Last time I was there was about 5 years ago. It had changed a lot even then.


29 posted on 11/11/2010 7:32:28 PM PST by GnL
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To: JWinNC
What you don’t see...

The picket line? Union boss? Osha? Local building inspector? Work stoppage while waiting for insurance inspection? City inspector slowing work while he inspects for salt in lunch buckets?

30 posted on 11/11/2010 7:34:09 PM PST by bobzeetwin
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To: GnL

GnL: I lived in Beijing from 2008-2009 and in Shanghai from 2009 until July of this year.

I miss being in China. It was nice being away from a lot of the political craziness happening in the United States. Fortunately, I had FreeRepublic.com every day to help keep me sane.


31 posted on 11/11/2010 8:00:02 PM PST by Rybashka
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To: bobzeetwin

LOL... yep, that too.


32 posted on 11/11/2010 8:25:30 PM PST by JWinNC (www.anailinhisplace.net)
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To: ReformedBeckite

I worked for a window manufacturer for a few weeks a long time ago. Scariest job I’ve ever had. Too many ways to cut yourself. I’ll give that building in the pic its due. It didn’t crumple a bit.


33 posted on 11/11/2010 9:02:14 PM PST by TigersEye (Who crashed the markets on 9/28/08 and why?)
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To: rogue yam; keepitreal

Yes, the building itself seems amazingly well-preserved for having fallen over.

I guess it just proves how important the foundation is.

I wonder if they could just put flooring on the bottom walls and move people in. They wouldn’t really need an elevator either. Nice skylight in each room, too. ;-)


34 posted on 11/12/2010 2:08:17 AM PST by Right Wing Assault (The Obama magic is <strike>fading</strike>gone.)
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To: Revolting cat!; Slings and Arrows
Hotel Jenga.


35 posted on 11/12/2010 6:03:28 AM PST by a fool in paradise (The establishment clause isn't just against my OWN government establishing state religion in America)
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To: Slump Tester

I wonder what the bonus payout is for coming in 14 months ahead of schedule.


36 posted on 11/12/2010 6:04:39 AM PST by a fool in paradise (The establishment clause isn't just against my OWN government establishing state religion in America)
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To: TigersEye; JoeProBono
"When I first came here, this was all swamp. Everyone said I was daft to build a castle on a swamp, but I built in all the same, just to show them. It sank into the swamp. So I built a second one. That sank into the swamp. So I built a third. That burned down, fell over, then sank into the swamp. But the fourth one stayed up. And that's what you're going to get, Lad, the strongest castle in all of England."


37 posted on 11/12/2010 6:07:05 AM PST by a fool in paradise (The establishment clause isn't just against my OWN government establishing state religion in America)
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To: a fool in paradise
"And that's what you're going to get, Lad, the strongest castle in all of England."

Are you a real estate agent? (backing away slowly)

38 posted on 11/12/2010 10:26:14 AM PST by TigersEye (Who crashed the markets on 9/28/08 and why?)
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