Chinese build skyscraper in just 15 days

Using prefabricated modules, 200 workers construct a 30-story building in China's Hunan Province in a little more than two weeks.

If the Eiffel Tower was built in a little more than two years, why can't a 30-story hotel be built in two weeks?

Having already set the record of erecting a 15-story building in one week, Chinese construction company Broad Group decided to take it up a notch--assemble a 30-story hotel in just 15 days.

According to Australian news site NEWS.com.au, the construction of the hotel, near Dongting Lake in the Hunan Province, took 200 workers and is set to open January 18. To expedite the process, sections of the building were prefabricated in factories and shipped to the site before construction, the news site wrote.

One might think that staying in a hotel constructed this quickly in China's earthquake prone region would cause concern, but it was reportedly built to withstand a 9.0-magnitude earthquake . What's more, Zhang Yue, the man behind this project, told NEWS.com.au that the building has the highest environmental standards.

Rapid construction reduced waste and energy, he told the news site. "We need to speed up our environmental thinking. We need buildings like this all over China," he said.

Apparently Yue intends to keep building these pre-fabs around the country. "In 2013 we will build 20 buildings a month and by 2014, we'll be up to 50 buildings a month," he told NEWS.com.au.

There's a saying in China that if you leave a city for a couple months, when you come back you won't recognize the skyline. If all goes according to Yue's plan, this could soon be true.

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Dara Kerr, a freelance journalist based in the Bay Area, is fascinated by robots, supercomputers and Internet memes. When not writing about technology and modernity, she likes to travel to far-off countries.

 

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