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Wednesday, 29 April 2015 03:04

China Continues Extreme Investment in Africa

Worth a total of almost $5.5 billion, the China Railway Construction Corporation (CRCC) has signed two railway construction deals in Africa. CRCC is tasked with building a $3.5 billion intercity railway line in Nigeria’s southwestern Ogun State and a $1.93 billion residential construction project in Zimbabwe. These projects will help promote the expansion of China’s presence across the continent, while making its firms more competitive globally. This will also tighten China’s grip on Africa’s infrastructure economy.

Wednesday, 18 March 2015 02:21

57-Story Skyscraper Built in 19 days!

Broad Sustainable Building, a construction company in China, recently built a 57-floor, 2-million-square-foot skyscraper in just 19 days. That is an average of three floors per day. The building has 19 10-meter-tall atriums, enough office space for 4000 people and 800 apartments. The structure is made up of prefabricated sections that reduced the use of concrete by 15,000 trucks, which translates into less dust released into the air.

Tuesday, 02 December 2014 11:38

2015’s Tallest Buildings

CNN recently compiled a list of the world’s tallest buildings scheduled for completion in 2015. The top ten list is dominated by China and the Middle east which each having four and three representatives on the list respectively. The Vostok Tower and the OSO-South Tower, both being built in Moscow, provide Russia with two buildings on the list, and North America’s lone representative comes from 432 Park Avenue in New York City.

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  • Date occured Tuesday, 02 December 2014
Friday, 03 October 2014 10:57

China Opens Glass Suspension Bridge

After the success of the Tianmen Mountain Skyway in Zhangjiajie, China, Chinese engineers have opened a new glass suspension bottomed bridge. This time, though, the bridge is only 180 meters above ground level instead of 900 meters like the Tianmen Mountain Skyway. The bridge stretches between two mountain peaks in the Hebei Province and spans 300 meters. It is 2.3 meters wide and is estimated to have cost $42 million.  

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  • Date occured Friday, 03 October 2014
Friday, 20 June 2014 10:46

Phoenix Towers Plan Unveiled

Chetwoods Architects, a British architectural firm, unveiled plans this week to build the world’s tallest and greenest towers. The Phoenix Towers as they are being called would be built in the Chinese city of Wuhan and would each stand 1,000 meters tall. In addition to being 150 meters taller than the Burj Khalifa, the two towers could actually help clean the city’s air and water and claim to be among the greenest skyscrapers in the world. Chetwoods submitted plans to the mayor of Wuhan six months ago and is waiting for approval to move forward with the project.

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  • Date occured Friday, 20 June 2014

Construction is underway on the “Ping An International Finance Center” skyscraper in Shenzhen, China. Once completed, Ping An Insurance’s new headquarters will be the 3rd tallest building in the world and the tallest in China. Architectural firm Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates (KPF) designed the 660-meter tall skyscraper and Thornton Tomasetti provided structural engineering services for the project. The skyscraper will cost $680 million.

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  • Date occured Wednesday, 18 June 2014

Last week Professor Wang Mengshu from Beijing Jiaotang University’s tunnel and underground engineering research center revealed that China is considering building a high-speed train that would travel between China and the United States. The rail line is being referred to as the China-Russia-Canada-America line. The train, averaging 350 kilometers per hour throughout the 13,000 km trip, would arrive in the United States from Beijing in less than two days. While Professor Wang Mengshu, also an academic at the Chinese Academy of Engineering, believes the technology exists to build the world’s largest underwater tunnel necessary to complete the line, many question whether the Chinese government supports the proposal or has the funds to complete the project.

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  • Date occured Tuesday, 13 May 2014

The 111-story Guangzhou CTF Financial Center tower is under construction in Southern China. The building will feature the world’s fastest elevators when it opens in 2016. It will take just 43 seconds in the elevator to reach the 95th floor of the tower, and riders’ ears will not pop along the way.

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  • Date occured Wednesday, 23 April 2014
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