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!
It’s a tale (tail) as old as time: a horse walks into a construction trench, gets stuck, has to be lifted out of it by a helicopter. The trench didn’t appear to be that deep, so I don’t think OSHA is going to need to get involved with this one.
For the third time in a year, construction workers have had to be rescued while dangling mid-air by fire rescue teams in Southern Florida. Last year, there were two incidents in Sarasota, Florida that involved failed suspended scaffolding in as many months. Just last week, another incident in Palmetto Bay required the Fire Department to intervene.
Demolitions by implosion seems like the easiest way to knock down a structure, but there is so much preparation that goes into it that even the slightest mistake can have a huge impact. When smokestacks are demolished correctly, it can be a thing of beauty, like when these two silos in Scotland hit each other midair or when this asbestos filled stack was precisely demolished to fall into a pool of water. Things didn’t go so smoothly for demolition crews in Denmark last week, however.
Crane collapses on construction jobsites are usually pretty terrifying, especially when the jobsite is full of workers. A construction site in St. Petersburg, Florida got extremely lucky when a large construction crane collapsed and narrowly missed several running workers.
This video is a bit of a throwback, but I recently came across it on the interwebs for the first time and thought it was worth a share.
It’s been a while since we have shared a demolition video on Construction Junkie. We recently discussed a very high profile demolition project, the tallest voluntary demolition on record, which is schedule to start next year and how it is expected to happen, but no videos. Between the cold weather in most of the country and the general lack of interesting demolitions happening, it’s good to finally be back to feeling normal around here.
Last Thursday, every construction professional’s worst nightmare happened. Lives were lost, both construction workers and civilians, by way of the catastrophic collapse of FIU’s under construction pedestrian bridge. We shared what we knew as of late Thursday night, but since this is not only a tragedy directly related to construction, but also a huge learning opportunity for the entire industry, I wanted to make sure we continued to follow and update on the story as it develops.
Terrible tragedy struck Florida International University’s (FIU) campus yesterday when a newly installed pedestrian bridge collapsed onto the road below, killing at least 4 and severely injuring many more.
It’s pretty amazing the work that can get done when a lot of resources and money are thrown at one project. Past examples of this include a gigantic sinkhole that was repaired in Japan in just under a week, the complete emergency rebuild of Atlanta’s I-85 overpass that was completed a month ahead of schedule, and this video of 116 excavators working side by side to demolish a 1,640 foot long overpass overnight.
When anyone sees a hard hat, they typically immediate associate it with construction. It’s the ultimate symbol of safety on the job site. We all know we should wear them, but it’s easy to get annoyed with the minor inconvenience that they cause and forget about the extreme consequences that could result if a falling object catches us when we aren’t wearing one.