The second best of anything rarely gets anywhere near the attention that the best gets, but this may be a noted exception. Standing 2,073 feet high (632 meters), the Shanghai tower is the world’s second tallest building behind the ultra-famous Burj Khalifa. The 128 story building took 7 years to complete, finishing in September of 2015, but it seems as though it has not yet been opened to the public, for undisclosed reasons.
Filmmaker Joe Nafis had the foresight to begin filming the construction of the tower in 2011, when he found an unobstructed view of the city of Lujiazui, which is a peninsula in the city of Shanghai. After being developed as Shanghai’s financial district in the early 1990’s, Lujiazui’s construction activity has exploded and it now hosts more than 30 buildings over 25 stories high and 3 buildings over 1,380 feet tall (420 meters).
Over the next 4 years, Nafis took hundreds of thousands of photos of the tower, totaling about 8 terabytes of memory. Other than the Kardashians taking pictures of themselves, that’s more photos than people would ever take over an entire lifetime. Nafis was then tasked with compiling all of those photos, editing them and turning them into a 2 minutes and 48 second masterpiece, which you can watch below.
As far as the actual construction of the building went, the designers had to be extra careful, since Shanghai is located in the seismic belt and highly susceptible to earthquakes. The building also happened to be located on top of a river basin, so the engineers called for 980 foundation piles that stretched 282 feet deep apiece. To fight off the threat of typhoons, the building is spiraled all the way up to the top, twisting about 1 degree per story of the building.
Enjoy the timelapse video below!
The most popular method of demolition these days is by implosion, but not always welcome in certain areas or situations. The use of explosives can greatly damage neighboring buildings and spread hazardous materials over a large radius, which is why a cooling tower at the Mülheim-Kärlich power plant in Germany had to be slowly dismantled from the top.
After causing devastation in the Bahamas, Hurricane Dorian worked its way up the U.S. East Coast last week and eventually made its way up to Nova Scotia, Canada as a Category 2 storm. The storm left more than 369,000 without power in the Canadian Region, according to CBC, but also caused a tower crane to buckle and collapse in the city of Halifax.
While placing concrete on the 7th floor of a new hotel in Houston, TX, 16 construction workers were suddenly sent falling to the 6th floor below, sending 9 of them to the hospital, according to local news reports.
As a storm blew through the Dallas, Texas area on Sunday afternoon, a tower crane standing near an occupied apartment building collapsed causing at least one fatality and 6 injuries.
Completed in 1976, the CN Tower in Toronto, Canada held the record for the tallest freestanding structure in the world from 1975-2007, until it was supplanted by Dubai’s Burj Khalifa. At its highest point, the CN Tower, which is mainly used as a communications and observation tower, reaches 1,815.4 feet (533.33m). Last year, the tower underwent a $16 million renovation and Priestly Demolition shared a fascinating, in-depth video for how they took care of the demolition of the interior space and walls.
Cranes collapsing on-site are serious business, especially since many of them resulted in the loss of life. A recent crane collapse on a construction site in Alpharetta, GA was caught on camera after it caught fire, but luckily no one was injured.
There are a lot of different specialty construction contracting sectors within the industry and cruise ships are definitely one of them. There are plenty of unique challenges when dealing with a moving ship versus a static building. A recent accident highlighted the challenges when a crane collapsed on a cruise ship under renovations, injuring 8 people.