China certainly has a construction industry that is one of a kind. Although it is sometimes embroiled in controversy, this massive industry is doing something that so many others are not. They are taking outrageous and innovative design schemes out of the concept phase and actually creating them.
We have earlier commented upon the speed in which the Chinese industry moves, for better or worse, and this latest industry venture follows in the same vein. The construction team behind the country’s Ark Hotel the Broad Group subsidiary Broad Sustainable Building (BSB), which is a 15 storey hotel building built in 2010 in just six days, have showed their industry prowess once more, this time delivering the 30 storey T30 Hotel in the neck breaking speed of 15 days.
One’s first and foremost concern in regard to this building, and its unique methodology, would be that of safety, with an overwhelming conclusion that there is no way such speed could come without a cost to occupational health and safety standards. This is especially relevant given China’s highly criticised ‘Blood Soaked GDP’, a vulgar statement referring to the country’s recent spate of infrastructure accidents allegedly associated with careless construction efforts caused by speed.
That may, however, be incorrect, and T30 in fact boasts qualities that suggest the opposite. Like the former Ark Hotel, the onsite injury list has been at zero. In addition to that, the China Academy of Building Research has assured utmost structural soundness, going as far as to confirm that the building has been constructed solidly enough to withstand a magnitude 9 earthquake.
While it may seem impossible, it is due to the hotel’s clever construction methodology and strong task force that this is in fact quite plausible. With a construction team of over 200 workers, the site has certainly not been short of skill-power. In addition to this, as with the Ark hotel, all of the key structural features and components were completely prefabricated of steel and cement, lending the project to be naturally strong, efficient and, perhaps surprisingly, incredibly sustainable.
In addition to the prefabricated nature of the building, quadruple-glazed windows and 15 cm thick glass curtain walls have been installed in order to ensure paramount insulation, lowering a reliance on electricity guzzling climate controllers. The construction efforts have also included the installation of a heat recovery system to aid in the heating of the building, as well as energy saving lights to further cut excess carbon emissions.
The building poses as the proverbial triple threat, boasting speed, safety and sustainably. With the creation of buildings of this quality and standard, China is well on its way to removing the stigma attached to its speedy industry.