Su­per skysca­pers

China Daily (USA) - - FRONT PAGE - By WANG YING in Shang­hai wang_y­ing@chi­nadaily.com.cn

A Shang­hai builder is able to con­struct build­ings taller than 1,000 me­ters.

Shang­hai Con­struc­tion Group, builder of the Shang­hai Tower, is now ca­pa­ble of con­struct­ing build­ings taller than 1,000me­ters, sources said.

“Be­fore the build­ing of Shang­hai’s Jin­mao Tower, all the key equip­ment for high-rise con­struc­tion was pur­chased abroad,” Gong Jian, chief en­gi­neer for Shang­hai Con­struc­tion Group, was quoted as say­ing by thep­a­per.cn. “But af­ter un­der­tak­ing con­struc­tion of the na­tion’s tallest sky­scraper Shang­hai Tower, we’ve made rapid progress in both ex­pe­ri­ence and tech­nol­ogy.”

Ac­cord­ing to the com­pany, one of its demon­stra­tion projects has re­cently passed an ac­cep­tance check, mark­ing a tech­no­log­i­cal break­through for a Chi­nese com­pany to build high sky­scrapers.

“Shang­hai Tower is the last piece in the trio of sky­scrapers in the Lu­ji­azui’s sky­line. To con­struct a 632-me­ter build­ing with a to­tal gross floor area space of 576,000 square me­ters, we have re­lied a lot on state-of-the-art in­no­va­tive tech­nol­ogy,” said Xu Zheng, chair­man and Party chief of Shang­hai Con­struc­tion Group.

Build­ing a sky­scraper re­quires ad­vanced tech­nol­ogy, equip­ment and ma­te­ri­als, and it has an ex­tremely long in­vest­ment re­turn cy­cle, which re­quires the builder to closely fol­low mar­ket de­mand, Gu Jian­ping, pres­i­dent of Shang­hai Tower Con­struc­tion and Devel­op­ment Co, said in May.

“The new tech­nol­ogy we’ve achieved will not only en­hance China’s in­ter­na­tional com­pet­i­tive­ness in build­ing high-rises, but also lay a solid foundation for meet­ing both do­mes­tic and in­ter­na­tional mar­ket de­mand,” Gong said.

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