Can the World's Tallest Skyscraper Rise in 90 Days?
A Chinese company says it can build the Sky City One skyscraper in just 90 days by using prefabricated parts.
CREDIT: Broad Sustainable Building
A new Chinese skyscraper could not only beat Dubai's Burj Khalifa as the world's tallest building, but also rise in record time within 90 days.
The eyebrow-raising claim comes from Broad Sustainable Building (BSB), a construction company based in Hunan, China, according to CNNGo. The company plans to erect the 220-story "Sky City" building in Changsha between November 2012 and January 2013 — an unprecedented building schedule that drew skepticism from rival building company Gensler.
But Broad Sustainable Building has experience quickly putting together huge buildings by using prefabricated parts. It previously built a 30-story hotel in just 15 days, as well as a 15-story building in six days.
The Sky City building would feature energy-efficient insulation and construction that require just a fifth of the energy required by a regular building. Older skyscrapers such as New York's Empire State Building have also been undergoing overhauls to save on energy costs. [5 Skyscrapers for a Greener Future]