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    Chinese Workers Build Hotel In Six Days

    A construction crew in the south-central Chinese city of Changsha has completed building a 15-story hotel in just six days.

    The work crew erected the hotel – a soundproofed, thermal-insulated structure reportedly built to withstand a magnitude 9 earthquake – with all prefabricated materials. In other words, a crew of off-site factory workers built the sections, and their on-site counterparts arranged them on the foundation for the Ark project.

    Despite the frenetic pace of construction, no workers were injured – and thanks to the prefab nature of the process, the builders wasted very few construction materials.

    Check out the video. Pretty impressive.

    But really…. what’s the big rush?

    via Perkins+Will

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