geekydude From China, joined Apr 2004, 398 posts, RR: 2 Posted (3 years 4 weeks 16 hours ago) and read 4418 times:
A largely prefabricated hotel was built in Changsha, China within a week. I have seen high-rise Japanese office buildings built within a few months with the same prefab method. But this one just blows my mind.
geekydude From China, joined Apr 2004, 398 posts, RR: 2 Reply 3, posted (3 years 4 weeks 12 hours ago) and read 4220 times:
Quoting n229nw (Reply 1): I take it the insides (plumbing, electrical, etc. etc.) took a good while longer afterward, right?
I would think so.
The company that built the Lego hotel originally started with making centralized air-conditioning systems for commercial buildings. They are very experienced in making energy efficient designs. Now it seems that they are making a push into making low carbon footprint, low waste, super energy efficient buildings.
The boss of the that company is said to be among the first entrepreneurs in China to have purchase business jets and helicopters.
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aloges From Germany, joined Jan 2006, 8522 posts, RR: 46 Reply 7, posted (3 years 3 weeks 6 days 22 hours ago) and read 3737 times:
Quoting HKA098 (Reply 16): Who wants to live in a building that went up in 90 hours?
First, it's a hotel. Second, they bolted a pre-fabricated steel frame together. Third, what they did in those 90 hours was build the shell and some walls - all the interior fitting was left for later, by appearances. Fourth, you can see in the video how they threw a huge amount of resources at the build: there was a crane wherever one would fit and oodles of construction workers.
It's funny how people laud Henry Ford for slashing the time it takes to build a car and yet they ridicule a building that's been erected following the exact same principles.
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JBirdAV8r From United States of America, joined Jun 2001, 4472 posts, RR: 21 Reply 8, posted (3 years 3 weeks 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 3663 times:
Quoting HKA098 (Reply 6):
Who wants to live in a building that went up in 90 hours?
It's not so much the building going up quickly itself as the engineering behind it. China doesn't have the world's greatest track record for engineering prowess.
Although when you put something so large together so quickly, you have to wonder if it was done right--or well. Even though it was largely prefabricated, there's still a lot that can go wrong. It's not exactly like building with Tinker Toys or Legos.
ltbewr From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 12675 posts, RR: 13 Reply 11, posted (3 years 3 weeks 6 days 19 hours ago) and read 3611 times:
During WW II, the Kaiser Company build basic cargo ships, using prefabricated components and welding instead of traditional steel shipbuilding methods in days. I believe they went from laying the keel to ability to float in as little as 4 days. Problem is that the designed was flawed and many of the fast built ships had serious structural problems in rough seas, breaking bulkheads and the keels with a number of them sinking. Most buildings of such size as to their main structures, will take about one week per floor. For example, the WTC 1 tower in NY City, is taking about 2 weeks per floor once they got beyond the 10-15th floor above ground level.
tugger From United States of America, joined Apr 2006, 5010 posts, RR: 8 Reply 16, posted (3 years 3 weeks 6 days 3 hours ago) and read 3367 times:
Just to clarify, there are two "clocks" in the video. One shows it took 46 hours, 38 minutes, and 12 seconds(?!) to construct the steel structure and the other shows an additional 90 hours, 9 minutes, and 52 seconds (again, ? Really, 52 seconds?) to build the.... exterior (and I assume basic interior? You can still see straight through the building to the other side at the "end" of the construction clock).
And as others here have mentioned, the foundation.... how long did that take? For any building the foundation is an integral, critical part of it. Just not as visible a part.
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comorin From United States of America, joined May 2005, 4861 posts, RR: 16 Reply 17, posted (3 years 3 weeks 6 days 3 hours ago) and read 3362 times:
Let's give credit where credit is due. If this building had been erected in Pittsburgh we'd all be going ooh and aah.
China is on a tear and has a desperate need for new buildings, so it makes sense to try new prefab construction methods. Even if the buildings are ersatz, they can be torn down and rebuilt.
We must give China its due in the area of manufacturing and construction technology. Easy to smirk at their quality, but we did the same with the Japanese a while ago. Both nations have a heritage of exquisite craftsmanship, and the will to produce the best products in the world.
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mham001 From United States of America, joined Feb 2005, 3218 posts, RR: 3 Reply 19, posted (3 years 3 weeks 5 days 4 hours ago) and read 3097 times:
This has been going on with large scale buildings for decades. It's nothing more than a high speed version of western techniques, engineering and methods. A propaganda ploy or publicity stunt that adds significantly to the costs.
mham001 From United States of America, joined Feb 2005, 3218 posts, RR: 3 Reply 22, posted (3 years 3 weeks 4 days 14 hours ago) and read 2934 times:
The mods seem pretty determined that the Chinese will not be cast in any negative way here, but this is what Time said about it today...
"A few decades ago, our [country's] main concern was still to provide shelters for people as quickly as possible, and that had created lots of poor-quality buildings," says Zheng. "But things have been very different in recent years. We've seen more relentless developers who would do anything to maximize profits, even if that means compromising the quality of buildings."
francoflier From France, joined Oct 2001, 3513 posts, RR: 11 Reply 23, posted (3 years 3 weeks 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 2911 times:
Quoting GQfluffy (Reply 18): Their economy is booming because of construction. Huh. Sound familiar?
there is no doubt that there is a growing property bubble in China, but I wouldn't say that the country's entire economy is based on this.
China has enormous resources in the form of everything you and me buy being manufactured there. There is a rapidly expanding middle class led by a ever growing number of extremely rich people. Funds for infrastructure and investment is almost limitless.
Time only will tell if the construction frenzy is justified.
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