Saturday, November 15, 2014

Beijing Construction

I have mentioned before that there is a lot of construction going on in our neighborhood. This picture is from our apartment. I count about 15 cranes on this construction site.

They are erecting a new tower crane here. The vertical mast part is erected then the jib is lifted by the portable crane. The mast will be able to jack itself up and add new sections as the building rises.

This is what it will look like when it is finished.

This is another project in the neighborhood. If you look closely you can see a few guys on the jib. They are installing the pendants that will support the jib and the cables for moving the trolley and lifting. The hydraulic crane is holding the jib in place while it is being assembled.

Here is a close up of several riggers on the jib. I don't think the harnesses would pass OSHA muster but at least they are tied off.

Another close-up.

I didn't realize it until I went to the web to find out the correct crane part terminology but you can buy crane models at 1:50 scale.

Crane Model

This is a street view from another angle of one of the projects.

This is one of two sites just across 3rd ring road from our apartment. It looks like the have just finished the foundation work on this one as seen in the lower left.

This project, Zhong Guo Zun, is just to the left of the one above. The steel work is still below ground but eventually it will be 108 stories with a total height of 528 meters or 1732 feet. It will be the tallest building in Beijing.

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I included this one just for fun. This is the Yintai Center. The SABIC offices are on the 36th floor of the tower on the right.

Here is another shot of the CCTV (China Central Television) building from a different angle.

This shot was taken in mid-July. Compare it to the more recent picture below.

The building under construction on the left side with the red and black cranes will eventually be 58 stories and obscure our view of the penis building and most of the CCTV building.

Penis Building

This shot is from 14 months ago. The building in green scaffolding net above was just a hole in the ground.

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