A 30 story hotel in 15 days

June 18th, 2012 at 9:00 am by David Farrar

Watch this three minute video of a 30 story hotel being built in just 15 days.

I’m guessing it wasn’t a unionised workforce :-)

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18 Responses to “A 30 story hotel in 15 days”

  1. scrubone (3,099 comments) says:

    I’m staring at that URL text, and I’m really not seeing it.

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  2. Cobolt (93 comments) says:

    Wrong link DPF.

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  3. George Patton (349 comments) says:

    Amazing stuff, but I guess the first thing that entered in my mind was “did anyone die in the construction process”

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  4. Manolo (13,840 comments) says:

    Brilliant!

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  5. hj (7,033 comments) says:

    Did the pesky “people” get in the way?
    http://blog.theepochtimes.com/1/china/2011/10/05/chinese-farmers-seize-excavators-to-protest-forced-eviction/

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  6. Fox (206 comments) says:

    Must be pretty depressing for Christchurch residents to watch this, and then compare it to the pace of reconstruction in their own city.

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  7. Viking2 (11,491 comments) says:

    Someone who knows more than me like to comment on the curing time for concrete before you load it up.

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  8. swan (665 comments) says:

    “Someone who knows more than me like to comment on the curing time for concrete before you load it up.”

    Looks like it was all steel construction. The foundations appear to be precast concrete piles. So they would have had to put orders in well before construction started – and it doesn’t look like they counted site prep/ foundations in the 15 days. Very impressive nonetheless – in particular the floor slabs that were factory fitted with plumbing and electrical (right up to the light fittings by the looks of it).

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  9. swan (665 comments) says:

    “Amazing stuff, but I guess the first thing that entered in my mind was “did anyone die in the construction process””

    A fair question. I have to say though, the workforce looked extremely professional, and the site must have been very well organised to pull that off. A well organised/ well planned construction activity is generally a safer construction activity.

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  10. scrubone (3,099 comments) says:

    I agree with swan – this certainly isn’t a case of speed through reduced safty, rather modularisation and brilliant project management.

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  11. barry (1,317 comments) says:

    Several comments.

    1. I notice they work 24 hours……..

    2. Its a steel building.

    3. If we had more steel buildings in Chch we wouldnt have killed so many people. (I think all the steel buildings performed very well – only concret buildings fell down)

    4. We dont build steel buildings because the Boiler Makers Union basically stopped them being built many years ago and in NZ the industry has gone concrete. (there have been toungue-in-cheek suggestions that the Union should be charged with manslaughter since their actions resulted in so many concrete buildings being built with the resultant loss of life)

    5. You can build a floor a day in concrete – they were doing this 40 years ago in Hong Kong . They use ‘accelerants’ – it makes the concrete set faster. (they have many addatives in concrete. They use retardants to slow setting – how do you think they deliver concrete in trucks that take a couple of hours to drive to where its wanted?)

    6. In NZ the safety regulations and work hours regulations and council regulations, let alone the months or years to get consent and fight off the crazies (extreme greens) means it would take years to build it – and by then rust would have set in…..

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  12. labrator (1,850 comments) says:

    Surely they meant it was erected in 15 days… Prefabrication is still part of the building process.

    Incredible though. If I imported one into NZ do you think I could get resource consent in 15 days?

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  13. John Macilree (8 comments) says:

    Brilliant!

    And, as tourism gateway to the South Island, Christchurch really does need replacement hotel capacity as soon as possible.

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  14. marcw (251 comments) says:

    Hmm… and recent tragedies in Doha show that speed isn’t really a goal that can be aspired to on its own. Although in fairness, our slow and ponderous consent and building industry is hardly perfect (think PGG and CTV disasters which it appears at present, may have been preventable.)

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  15. OTGO (557 comments) says:

    Maybe that’s why the showers leaked in the five hotels I stayed in. Brand new for the most part, built with beautiful marble floors and premium furnishings but without exception every one of them had a shower that leaked out of the bathroom and onto the carpet.
    Still an achievement unlikely to be repeated in NZ though.

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  16. Paulus (2,633 comments) says:

    Steel girder construction ?
    Remember the Boilermaker’s Union on the BNZ in Wellington.
    What would Labour/Greens say if you decided that way in Christchurch.

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  17. Spoon (104 comments) says:

    Agree with labrator – the hotel was assembled in fifteen days, the actual building I suspect took many months longer.

    To the people suggesting Chch should be envious – if they wanted to do this in Chch they’d need to build a factory (the old fashioned way) first, then plan how to do it, then start working. Realistically I doubt you’d get to the first floor inside a year, much less a 30 storey building.

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  18. RRM (9,933 comments) says:

    That is a pretty impressive construction programme.

    It will be a pretty noisy hotel without concrete floor slabs. I hope the guests like the sound of the people upstairs walking around…?

    (I hope the seismic performance of it lives up to their billing too…)

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