Stories such as the one I read recently about a Chinese construction company building the world’s tallest building in just 90 days makes me concerned for the safety of all those involved in this mammoth construction project.
The world’s current tallest building, The BurjKhalifa in Dubai took over 5 years to build, however the Chinese plan on surpassing its height in just about 3 months. Surely this would present an impossible logistical and safety nightmare for site planners and managers? Hopefully it does not cost any of the worker’s their lives.
Read this post on www.NYDailyNews.com:
A Chinese construction company is planning to build the world’s largest skyscraper – and it’ll race against the clock to do it.
Broad Sustainable Building wants to construct a 2,749 feet-tall building, dubbed “Sky City,” over a period of just 90 days in Changsha in Hunan province, China.
It took Dubai over five years to build the current record-holder, the BurjKhalifi, which stands at a whopping 2,722 feet.
Workers will complete five stories a day to build the soaring tower, which will be able to house 31,400 people, the company’s senior vice president told Construction Week Online.
Work on the Sky City’s foundation is expected to kick off next month. But the actual 90-day challenge won’t begin until the start of 2013.
Naturally the project plans have been greeted with scepticism but the company is actually experienced at speed building, it is unknown though what their safety record is like usually but a previous speed skyscraper was erected without any incidents. A previous building of 15 storeys was erected in just 48 hours and a 30 storey one in 15 days previously. If any country’s technology is advanced enough to pull it off its China who are building nine of the world’s tallest buildings.
China has the fastest builders on the planet after putting up a 30-storey 183,000-square-foot hotel in just 15 days, or 360 hours. A construction crew in the south-central Chinese city of Changsha completed this remarkable achievement with no injuries to any worker let’s hope they can maintain this impeccable safety record.
Even when attempting projects such as these it is important to remember safety is more important than productivity. Corners should never be cut in order to increase construction speed because it will end up costing even more if incidents occur that can set work back and cost lives.
This is the 30 storey building that was erected in 2011:
Image source: Dailymail.co.uk
The post goes on to state:
Broad is known for its ability to build at a breakneck speed. It put up a 15-story hotel in just 48 hours back in 2010 and a 30-story tower in 15 days in 2011.
However, the company has never constructed a building higher than 30 stories.
Many believe that the construction of Sky City – if Broad can pull it off – is a sign of China’s growing prowess in the technological world.
“It’s a symbol of their new superiority,” Takashi Fujitani, the director of Asia Pacific studies at the Munk School of Global Affairs’ Asian Institute in Toronto, told the National Post.
“Modernity today is really about speed in a lot of ways, so being at the top of the world is about being able to do things fast.”