30 Story Hotel Completely Built and Finished in Fifteen Days, on New Years Eve (Amazing Video)

As an architect, I find this completely amazing. Before the Olympics we showed the Ark Hotel erected in six days, but it had nothing on this 170,000 square foot, 30 story hotel that was turnkeyed in 360 hours. It completely changes the way buildings are constructed and, I believe, is about to change the entire industry.

Broad Sustainable Construction/Video screen capture

I have followed the Broad Corporation for years at TreeHugger, as they became the world’s largest producer of air conditioning equipment. This prefabricated building system works much like the Kenner Girder and panel building set of my childhood; completely wired, plumbed, tiled and drywalled prefabricated sections are dropped on top of the columns that come complete with diagonal bracing, and then another column is stuck on top.

Broad Sustainable Construction/Video screen capture

Even the floor tiles are put on in the factory.

Broad Sustainable Construction/Video screen capture

All of the other components they need for that particular slab, the walls, the interior finishes, are lifted together with the slab, so there is no separate shipping of drywall or studs, everything you need is right there. What a difference this would make in work flow on a construction site.

Broad Sustainable Construction/Video screen capture

It really is incredibly clever; because that column stub is built into the slab panel they can just pile panels on top of column instead of trying to fit them in between a structural frame, the more conventional approach. Those diagonal braces give it the strength and rigidity it needs when building with so many shorter pieces.

Broad Sustainable Construction/Video screen capture

Wrap the whole thing in a six inch thick prefab skin and you have a building that claimed to be five times more energy efficient. (than what, they don’t say). A heat recovery ventilation system delivers what is claimed to be 20 times purer air.

Kenner girder and panel set/Promo image

When I was a kid I used to play with systems like this, but never thought that they would actually become real some day. The implications of this are significant; construction is just about the only industry that has not been exported. But now the Broad Sustainable Building Corporation has designed a system that will let them build anywhere, to construction tolerances of +/- 0.2 mm. The architectural and construction world just changed.


About CPWD Engineers' Association

It is a great pleasure to inform you that CPWD Engineers Association has launched its Blogging page. Now this page will bring to you latest developments/activities of our Members. All efforts are being made to ensure that this website caters to the requirement of CPWD Engineers so far as their various information through this Association is concerned. In course of time this page would be the most useful source of information and would reduce the gap between the Engineers and this Association. Please must inform to other members too. This page is added for various interesting things, Important News & Activities of Association .

Posted on Mon, Jan 23rd, 2012, in What's new. Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. this is realy new landmark
    achieved in engineer
    ing field congrate entire team of builder A k Mahajan A E CPWD

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