Building a new hotel in SIX DAYS

United States
November 13, 2010 9:14pm CST
Have you heard of this? Apparently, some company in China claims to have built an entire 15-STORY hotel in only SIX DAYS. They worked around-the-clock on this project, and according to the video I watched, which I will post a link to at the end of the discussion, they managed to complete the entire outside of the structure in six days. However, I am pretty sure they did NOT finish the interior of the building in this length of time, and from the video, you cannot tell the inside was done as well. I am not a contractor, but I do have some construction experience, and I can tell you that unless they had EVERYTHING on site ready to go, and unless they had enough people on site to work 24-hours per day, and unless everything went together without any problems, and unless they had they had the foundations for this building in place before building on the rest of the structure began, there is NO way they did an entire 15-story hotel in 6 days. Also, even if they DID have all this stuff come together at one time just like it was supposed to, I still say that this is a hoax. I would have had to be there from start to finish on this project to personally witness this happening in order to believe it, and even then, I would question the quality of the work, and the structural soundness of the building. Sheet rock is easy to hang, but it has to be taped, and sheet-rock "mud" has to be applied. This "mud" can take up to 24 hours to dry, and you have to allow it to dry before you can do any kind of painting or texturing, or even before you can install trim to it. I can only imagine how long it would take to hang, tape, and mud sheet rock in a 15-story hotel. Also, just installing the plumbing and electrical wiring on a project this size would have to take at least a few days, even with SEVERAL people working on it. That does not include installing all of the toilets, sinks, showers, electrical outlets, light fixtures, light switches, phone lines, internet and cable lines, and covers for all of the electrical outlets and light switches, which would take at least a few MORE days. Then you have to take into consideration the fact that carpet, tile, or other floor coverings have to be installed, all of which can be very meticulous, time-consuming work, even for professionals. I do not have a whole lot of construction experience, and most of what little experience I have is interior construction such as the sheet rock, electrical, painting, and water/bathroom stuff I talked about in the paragraph above. I really don't have enough knowledge of actually framing and "drying in" a structure to even get it to the point that you can start the interior construction to even try to guess how long it would take to erect a 15-story hotel, but I am pretty sure that it would take a pretty good while, so you can see why I find it hard to believe that these people did this entire hotel in SIX DAYS. Just painting a structure of this size, and painting the door frames and trim, would take longer than six days... Here is the link to the video I mentioned... NOT A REFERRAL LINK http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ps0DSihggio&feature=player_embedded Tell me what you think...
10 responses
@veejay19 (3592)
• India
14 Nov 10
I am an architect with several years experience in the building as well as interior industry.In the 80`s i worked for 4 years in Muscat,Oman and witnessed the construction of two major hotels,the Sheraton and the Royal Palace Hotel.As it was the Sultan`s 25 years of accession to the throne these 2 hotels were built by American and British construction workers and had to be completed in a 6 month deadline.The Sheraton was built using only Steel girders,beams and columns with prefab concrete members and walls.The superstructure came up in 3 months but the interior,plumbing,electricals ec took another 3 months.The Royal Palace Hotel which was built in the conventional way using prefab concrete beams and columns and walling also was completed along with the interiors etc in 6 months.we were all overawed at not only the speed but at the exemplary finishing and quality of the construction.Now coming to your discussion, i too find it hard to believe that a 15 storeyed hotel with interiors etc could be completed in only 6 days.There must be a catch somewhere.As you have rightly said generally curing of concrete from the foundation,beams,columns and slabs takes at least 15 days.Anything done before that and the structure will become weak. even if they have used prefab members and worked day and night it is still not possible and interiors with all the other things will require at least 2 to 3 months.Still i will take a look at your video clip.
@veejay19 (3592)
• India
14 Nov 10
I had a look at the video and it looked incredible but they should have given the day and date in it while the construction was on to make it more authentic.How can anybody believe what the have said and besides the video title says in 2 days and not 6 as you have mentioned which is even more bizarre.
• Philippines
14 Nov 10
I wouldn't even dare get inside. i swear, there's no alien technology involved.
@dawnald (84146)
• Shingle Springs, California
16 Nov 10
I think I'm not staying there....
@luvandpower (2049)
• United States
16 Nov 10
I think I want to see the coding papers before I go there.
@JenInTN (27564)
• United States
15 Nov 10
Wow..that does seem a little outragous. My first thought was about the painting..LOL..we must have been on the same wavelength. I think that the soundness of the building and the quality of the work would be a definite concern of mine as well.
@soleya (1102)
• Latvia
14 Nov 10
I think that when you are pushed for time you can do almost anything, but the quality of your work will always suffer, no doubt! I think this building will collapse or something bad can happen. Or maybe it was just made of carton, just to make a buzz, so people will talk about it and they will just take it down. Anyway, I wouldn't stay in this hotel, if I had a chance.
@uniqueorn (1011)
• Philippines
14 Nov 10
Seeing the video amazes me but I doubt its safety. Although I am pretty sure that Chinese people are one of the wisest in this world but I am not really comfortable taking their products.
• Bulgaria
14 Nov 10
Hello, Great News!I see the video and i'm wondering.Probably is possible to assemble the main construction of that building for six days.It's depend of organization and mechanization in the build area.But i see that in the video is not considered bases of the building.Foundations of that serious building are serious too.But it's a progress in generally.I think that the topic is good.Happy Mylotting!
• Philippines
14 Nov 10
This is engineering to the next level. I'm an engineering student and there are ready-made concrete called pre-cast panels where you basically build a structure like lego. So if you imagine building a house using those panels, it's considerably fast compared to the traditional way. Although building a hotel in six days is still insane if you ask me.
• India
14 Nov 10
Nice video with good sense.
@yanyanyow (329)
• Philippines
14 Nov 10
wow they must have really planned it well thats why it only took them 6 days to do the construction. but i think it is very risky to because rushing things might give danger or harm to anyone. maybe because of rushing that hotel, the foundation of the building might not be that good especially that it is a 15 story building. hopefully it really has the quality