By Guest Blogger Mikhail Tuknov
So what else does Zhang have in mind for the company? As you might have expected from such a bold and forward-thinking personality, the Broad Sustainable Building chairman is now knee-deep in the planning of a towering 220-story structure that when completed, will be the tallest building on the planet.
Just like most high-profile construction projects, the upcoming building is subject to its share of conjecture and controversy. Some of the more skeptical industry players have suspected the building of being little more than a publicity stunt, for example. Whether or not Zhang is affected by these criticisms is uncertain, but one thing that is certain is that he has hired some of the best engineers in the business. Highly-skilled and well-regarded professionals in their own right, some of these engineers were actually part of the construction and design team responsible for the Burj Khalifa in Dubai.
In any case, plans for the building-currently referred to as “Sky City”-are definitely in full swing, and two large models have already been unveiled. With the groundbreaking having been scheduled for November 2012, completion of the building is expected in March of 2013. This will represent a construction period of seven months.
Despite these developments, doubts about the future of this mega-structure still linger. Nevertheless, Zhang himself seems pretty set on the project, emphasizing the need to “shock the world” with this latest construction feat. It has to be said however, that even if this particular project never sees the light of day, Zhang will have already done his part in shocking the world.
This article was written by Mikhail Tuknov of Hammers Construction. Hammers Construction is a commercial construction company in Colorado Springs with 25 years experience in commercial design and building.
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