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Old February 23rd, 2012, 11:20 AM   #2001
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I really, really hope the government is honest on this one... I would hate to see construction being stopped on the Shanghai Tower because of unforeseen problems.
I think it's just a simple subsidence problem, and won't likely compromise the whole Shanghai Tower project.
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Old February 23rd, 2012, 12:53 PM   #2002
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Suzhou Creek bridge under reconstruction
Shanghai Daily
2012-2-20

A "structurally unsafe" bridge in downtown Shanghai has been demolished and local motorists and cyclists will have to wait for 10 months before a brand-new bridge stands in its place, a project contractor said today.

The Shanghai Urban Construction Group, the contractor, said they have dismantled the Jiangning Road Bridge on the Suzhou Creek, and are preparing to build a new one at the same site.

Tens of thousands of commuters will have to make a detour, an extra 4.3 kilometers every day, due to the reconstruction work. Police effort to ease traffic jams in the area has proven futile.

The busy section of Jiangning Road between Guangfu Road and Aomen Road will not open to traffic until December, the contractor said.

The old bridge was built in 1968 and was rated "structurally unsafe" nine years ago. Transport authorities took protective measures each year to ensure its safety. Heavy trucks were banned from going over the bridge after the 2002 examination report.

And its neighboring Caoyang Road Bridge will also be reinforced after the new Jiangning Road Bridge opens to traffic. The construction of a subway station and high-rises is blamed for causing the bridge foundation to subside, prompting the repair project.
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Old February 23rd, 2012, 03:11 PM   #2003
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I'd also prefer having a longer distance to drive to using an unsafe bridge...
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Old February 24th, 2012, 12:35 PM   #2004
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'Alarming' shortage of construction inspectors
Shanghai Daily
Feb 24, 2012

SHANGHAI is suffering an alarming shortage of government professionals to supervise construction project quality and site safety, and the local government has launched a plan to more than double the size of the force.

Currently, there are only 946 government inspectors in charge of supervising construction safety citywide, which means each has an average of nearly six construction projects to oversee, the Shanghai construction commission said yesterday. Their work includes surprise checks to spot safety loopholes and infractions of quality standards in the projects.

The construction watchdog said the deficiency in hands has reached an alarming level. The recruitment program to double the number of inspectors is still under discussion and its details have not been disclosed, including the projected cost.

In addition to increasing the staff, the authority plans much more use of high-tech methods to help improve construction site safety this year. All construction sites will be required to adopt mandatory work-ID card scanning, where workers entering a site must have their work ID cards scanned and recorded. Those who are illegally hired or fail to have certificates in professional skills will be banned entry by the scanning system, to be connected to the government watchdog information database.

Mistakes by unlicensed welders was a main cause of the November 15, 2010, high-rise inferno on Jiaozhou Road, which killed 58 people.
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Old February 25th, 2012, 05:16 AM   #2005
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City to put more limits on skyscraper foundation pits
Shanghai Daily
Feb 25, 2012

SHANGHAI will restrict the construction of large foundation pits for new building projects in an effort to reduce land subsidence hazards, city construction officials said yesterday.

Projects that involve building deep and large foundation pits inside the Outer Ring Road will be closely restudied by the watchdogs for their potential influence on the underground environment, while new approvals will be restricted, the government officials said.

The decision came after a 10-meter-long road crack emerged in the Lujiazui area, the city's financial zone, earlier this month. The incident made headlines and stirred concerns among local residents, prompting talk about whether high-rise construction fever should be cooled.

Not surprisingly, officials later concluded that the crack was the "result of the foundation ditch construction" of the Shanghai Tower project, which will be China's highest skyscraper, at 632 meters, upon completion by 2014.

Subsidence takes place when groundwater is pumped out, which happens for pit construction for the foundations of high-rises.

The higher the building, the deeper and larger the foundation pit must be dug. Many locals have called for a slowdown in the construction of high-rises and more efforts to control land slippage in downtown areas, especially in Lujiazui, famous for its skyscrapers.

Shanghai is among many Chinese cities with the same problem, as the pace of construction quickens.

A plan drawn up by more than 10 state ministries to deal with subsidence in China noted that more than 50 cities are experiencing growing land subsidence. The Yangtze River Delta region and the North China Plain area are among regions suffering the most.

Local authorities said the Lujiazui road crack would be repaired in March. They also said technical monitoring proved that nearby high-rises are in safe condition.

Despite stricter controls on deep pit construction, the government will not slow down its continuing building of more urban infrastructure projects. City officials said yesterday that legislators have approved spending 116.6 billion yuan (US$18.4 billion) on major infrastructure projects this year. The budget slightly outnumbers last year's, they said.

Most of the projects are aimed at improving traffic conditions and everyday life conveniences for the city's outlying districts and new towns.

Investment will cover 95 major projects including 27 new ones scheduled to kick off this year.

They include building new roads between the suburbs and downtown, as well as new facilities to improve the unstable quality of tap water for millions of suburban residents.

For transportation, new projects scheduled to launch later this year include the second phase of Metro Line 13 and the northern and southern extensions to the Jiading-Minhang elevated road.

Construction will also start on public support facilities in the Dongtan wetland on Chongming Island to facilitate development of "green" sightseeing programs in the mouth of the Yangtze River.
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Old February 25th, 2012, 07:24 AM   #2006
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News is about Hangzhou, not Shanghai. ;-)
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Old February 25th, 2012, 07:48 AM   #2007
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Whoops. Thanks for the heads-up! I've amended.
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Old February 25th, 2012, 01:38 PM   #2008
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SPSI (Shanghai Oil Painting & Sculpture Institute) Art Museum by local architect Wang Yan, Changning District

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I used to work in the building behind this museum (as seen in first pic). It was a nice experience to view some art during lunch hour
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Old February 25th, 2012, 02:41 PM   #2011
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The source website noted SPSI opened in October 2010. Was there a recent addition that prompted it to deserve mention in this projects and construction thread?
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Old February 26th, 2012, 01:20 PM   #2012
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City to put more limits on skyscraper foundation pits
Shanghai Daily
Feb 25, 2012

SHANGHAI will restrict the construction of large foundation pits for new building projects in an effort to reduce land subsidence hazards, city construction officials said yesterday.

Projects that involve building deep and large foundation pits inside the Outer Ring Road will be closely restudied by the watchdogs for their potential influence on the underground environment, while new approvals will be restricted, the government officials said.

The decision came after a 10-meter-long road crack emerged in the Lujiazui area, the city's financial zone, earlier this month. The incident made headlines and stirred concerns among local residents, prompting talk about whether high-rise construction fever should be cooled.

Not surprisingly, officials later concluded that the crack was the "result of the foundation ditch construction" of the Shanghai Tower project, which will be China's highest skyscraper, at 632 meters, upon completion by 2014.

Subsidence takes place when groundwater is pumped out, which happens for pit construction for the foundations of high-rises.

The higher the building, the deeper and larger the foundation pit must be dug. Many locals have called for a slowdown in the construction of high-rises and more efforts to control land slippage in downtown areas, especially in Lujiazui, famous for its skyscrapers.

Shanghai is among many Chinese cities with the same problem, as the pace of construction quickens.

A plan drawn up by more than 10 state ministries to deal with subsidence in China noted that more than 50 cities are experiencing growing land subsidence. The Yangtze River Delta region and the North China Plain area are among regions suffering the most.

Local authorities said the Lujiazui road crack would be repaired in March. They also said technical monitoring proved that nearby high-rises are in safe condition.

Despite stricter controls on deep pit construction, the government will not slow down its continuing building of more urban infrastructure projects. City officials said yesterday that legislators have approved spending 116.6 billion yuan (US$18.4 billion) on major infrastructure projects this year. The budget slightly outnumbers last year's, they said.

Most of the projects are aimed at improving traffic conditions and everyday life conveniences for the city's outlying districts and new towns.

Investment will cover 95 major projects including 27 new ones scheduled to kick off this year.

They include building new roads between the suburbs and downtown, as well as new facilities to improve the unstable quality of tap water for millions of suburban residents.

For transportation, new projects scheduled to launch later this year include the second phase of Metro Line 13 and the northern and southern extensions to the Jiading-Minhang elevated road.

Construction will also start on public support facilities in the Dongtan wetland on Chongming Island to facilitate development of "green" sightseeing programs in the mouth of the Yangtze River.
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Shanghai home purchases hit 8-month high
2012-2-27

PURCHASES of new homes in Shanghai rose to the highest in eight weeks, more evidence that the housing market is rebounding, market data released today showed.

The city saw the sales of new homes, excluding government-funded affordable housing, hit 140,400 square meters last week, a surge of 68.3 percent from the previous seven-day period, according to a report by Shanghai Deovolente Realty Co.

Average prices were 19,490 yuan (US$3,093) per square meter, a retreat of 5.7 percent from a week earlier.

"Home buying sentiment extended a rally for the fourth straight week in the city amid notably improving demand for mid- to low-end apartments after developers cut their prices," said Lu Qilin, a researcher at Deovolente. "That's why average price also fell below the 20,000-yuan-per-square-meter barrier again after staying above the threshold for three consecutive weeks."

New houses costing less than 20,000 yuan a square meter accounted for two thirds of total transactions recorded last week across the city with eight of the city's 10 best-selling residential projects bearing a price tags within that range, Deovolente data showed.

"Demand is getting a boost as more homes become available and the trend is poised to continue over the next two months," said Huang Hetao, a research manager at Century 21 China Real Estate, operator of the city's largest estate chain in terms of outlet numbers. "From next month, more houses are expected to be released to the local market when more developers will come to agree that price-cutting is the only effective strategy at the moment to trigger sales as far as tightening measures all remain in place."
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Jumbo jet Expo HQ cleared for take-off
Shanghai Daily
2012-2-29

CHINA'S jumbo jet producer began building its new headquarters at the former World Expo 2010 site in Shanghai's Pudong New Area yesterday.

The Commercial Aircraft Corp of China project will be completed in 2014 to be the first headquarters of a state-owned enterprise at the former Expo site.

A total of 13 state-owned enterprises, including Baosteel and State Grid, are due to build or move their headquarters to the Expo's former Zone B.

"The city aims to build the former Expo site into the world's top-level headquarters economy zone to further boost its innovation-driven development," Shanghai Mayor Han Zheng has said.

COMAC, currently based on Zhangyang Road, also in Pudong, plans to have a headquarters and three centers in the city by 2014 to develop the country's first large passenger jet, the C919, and a regional passenger jet, the ARJ21, to compete with the world's leading plane makers.

Its research and development center in Zhangjiang High-Tech Park has been completed, while assembly and customer services centers in Pudong and Minhang District are also near completion, said Jin Zhuanglong, COMAC chairman.

"The new headquarters will include project management, financial services, marketing and sales as well as international exchange centers," Jin said.

China is investing 200 billion yuan (US$31.8 billion) in developing its domestic jumbo jet. All facets of the process - from design to sourcing and production - will be done in China, as the project aims to reduce the country's reliance on overseas firms such as Boeing and Airbus.

The C919, with 150 seats and a flying range of 4,075 kilometers, already has 235 orders from more than 10 Chinese companies. It is due to make its first flight in 2014.

The ARJ21 has more than 200 orders, mainly from Chinese state-controlled companies. It has begun final flight test certification.

Zone B is an area of 18.72 hectares earmarked for headquarters. Some 28 office buildings, to be built with environmentally friendly materials, will be constructed in the area, said Ding Hao, Expo Development Group president.

The city is also to build the country's first hotel cluster, with 1,200 rooms, in front of the Expo Center mainly for staff and officials of the enterprises.
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Construction site collapse tilts building, leaks gas
Shanghai Daily
2012-3-1

A worker carries steel bars near a construction site in Shanghai's suburban Songjiang District yesterday. A cave-in at the construction site on Tuesday caused underground gas pipes to leak and a nearby office building to tilt, but there were no injuries, thanks to timely evacuation. The collapse also caused serious cracks in the nearby road.

A construction site in suburban Songjiang District collapsed on Tuesday afternoon, causing underground gas pipes to leak and a nearby office building to tilt, officials confirmed yesterday.

The collapse also caused serious cracks on Laiyin Road.

The gas leak was repaired and the tilting building was stabilized, said a district spokesman surnamed Mei.

The collapse was blamed on digging work inside the construction area, the government said. The accident happened about 4:30pm at the construction site near 1881 Laiyin Road, Qixinke Industry Park.

"There was a cracking sound since morning, and I didn't realize what was going on until a series of cracking steel bars," said a witness surnamed Wang, who works on the third floor of a building near the scene.

Wang then looked out the window and saw the collapse. Wang's building was evacuated for safety concerns. Serious cracks were soon found on the walls of Wang's building, which later tilted to the north. A separate security room for the building sank by more than 1 meter.

A part of Laiyin Road about 50 meters long, 5 meters wide and 2 meters deep collapsed, which caused the leak of the natural gas pipe below, officials said.

A strong smell of gas permeated the area. Traffic police cordoned the area and the emergency crew of the city's gas company was called in. The emergency was lifted about 5pm, Mei said.

"The staff closed the leaking gas pipe immediately," Mei said. "As most of the pipes were spare ones, the accident didn't affect the gas supply in the area."
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Famed temple faces safety woes
Shanghai Daily
2012-3-1

A 130-year-old famous Buddhist temple in downtown Shanghai faces alarming safety hazards due to growing termite damage, aging structures and land subsidence caused by the building of nearby high-rises.

Reconstruction efforts are under way, aiming to fix the safety risks and consolidate the temple structures. City officials said yesterday the government is reviewing the revamp plan for the Jade Buddha Temple in Putuo District, submitted by the temple authority and engineering experts.

The temple was founded in 1882 during the Qing Dynasty (1640-1911) with two jade Buddha statues imported to Shanghai from Myanmar by sea. It not only attracts busy traffic from Chinese visitors but is also internationally famous.

But the temple, with its narrowly spaced buildings, faces growing safety risks of fire and other accidents, according to the temple abbot, Jue Xing. All the temple buildings are made of wood and brick, making them vulnerable to fire. And the old temple was built with such narrow spaces that it did not have any fire-escape designs. With burning joss sticks and lighting candles the major way to pray among people inside Buddhist temples, the fire risk is exacerbated.

The abbot expressed deep worries at a recent forum.

"On New Year's Eve and New Year's Day as big crowds came in to pray and wish for good luck, traffic hit about 100,000 people," he said, adding that the crowds have always caused the district police to send out 70 to 80 officers just to keep order on New Year's Eve.

A report by local Architecture Quality Exam Station also showed the buildings inside the temple are troubled by serious and deteriorating termite damage as well as cracks and tilting structures. Some pillars inside the Chamber of Four Heavenly Kings, for example, have been detected tilting beyond the safety standard.

The temple has already started restricting daily traffic to visit the Jade Buddha Chamber, but that building also is tilting, the report said.
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Traffic seen worsening with events, construction
Shanghai Daily
Mar 7, 2012

INCREASED traffic from coming holidays and events including the Chinese tomb-sweeping day, together with new urban construction projects, will cause further congestion on some downtown streets later this month, the city's traffic watchdog warned yesterday.

The predicted problems come on top of more than a month of rainy and cloudy weather that caused 10 percent more pile-ups on local elevated roads than usual in the past month.

Drivers in Baoshan District will be the worst affected. The Wusong Bridge spanning Yunzaobang Creek has been put under restricted traffic for renovation since Saturday. Cargo vehicles are banned for most hours of the day and half the traffic lanes are closed. The traffic restriction will continue for four months until the revamp is completed.

A jump on tomb-sweeping

Meanwhile, traffic on downtown Jiangning Road and Changshou Road will face aggravated jams due to construction of two new Metro stops for Line 13 in the area. Car lanes on the busy Changshou Road will be temporarily reduced to six from eight to make room for Metro construction this month.

Also expected to keep the streets busy: Commercial promotions in the central business district around the International Women's Day this Thursday, the World Short Track Speed Skating Championships to be held in town March 8-11 and the Qingming Festival holiday.

The Qingming Festival, dedicated to tomb-sweeping, falls on April 4, but people usually start paying visits to their family members' and friends' tombs a week or two ahead, in other provinces or local suburbs.
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More taxi stands to relieve pain of Lujiazui workers
Shanghai Daily
2012-3-9

Local officials said they are building 11 taxi stands and refurbishing two old ones in Lujiazui which bristles with skyscrapers. They are ready for use in June.

They will add 16 more stands as part of the Lujiazui administration's initiative to improve public services in the upscale financial hub.

Many office workers in the area have been complaining about their difficulty to get a taxi. They described that it is like "fighting a war" to get a taxi during the late afternoon rush hour and walking up and down the roads to flag a taxi is futile. Some walk a long distance to a hotel or a shopping mall to find a taxi.

The officials said the new taxi stands will allow taxi drivers to discharge or pick up a customer at the roadside without getting a fine and people will have more spots to wait for a taxi.

When all the 27 taxi stands are put into service, they can park at least 96 taxis at one time, they said.

The first few new stands will dot Fenghe Road and Lujiazui Road W.
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Floodwalls on Suzhou Creek springing leaks
Shanghai Daily
Mar 13, 2012

CRACKS have been found in the floodwalls at several spots along Suzhou Creek, allowing water to spring out and flood sidewalks and cause serious safety concerns, the Shanghai Water Authority said yesterday.

The authority said it plans to make a statement today.

The penetration is mainly on the old floodwalls or in areas where the old walls have been joined to newly renovated walls. The problem was exposed when the tide rose, said an official surnamed Zhang of the Shanghai dyke administration.

Zhang said officials had been discussing fixing the floodwalls for the past two weeks.

"We'll find the exact leaking areas and ask the relevant departments to handle them," Zhang said, adding that the likely remedy is to strengthen the walls and seal the cracks.

The leaking along the bank of the creek was tipped by a netizen identified as Bajiusanren on Sunday afternoon.

"I passed Beisuzhou Road yesterday and there was water penetrating out of the walls," he wrote on his microblog at t.xinmin.cn. "The worst part was under the Fujian Road Bridge where water sprang out of the sidewalk. The walls were built for only two to three years."

On the section of Beisuzhou Road under the Henan Road Bridge yesterday, a two-finger-wide and 3-meter-high crack could clearly be seen on the floodwall. The crack had been mended with silica gel but it seemed to have cracked again recently. River water kept flowing onto the road through the crack and ended up flowing into the sewers. A large area of the road was wet due to the leak, although the weather was dry.

More water was spotted under the Fujian Road Bridge. The river water was springing out from about a dozen holes in the sidewalk on the riverbank of the creek. The little springs were about 3 to 4 centimeters high and a finger wide.

Similar water penetration was found on Guangfu Road and Wuzhen Road on the north bank of the creek.

"I have to jump while walking to my office," said a security guard of a parking lot near Guangfu Road, whose shift box was above the leaking water.

"The penetration has been here for months," he said.
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Major roads to ease traffic from suburbs to downtown
Shanghai Daily
Mar 14, 2012

THE millions of residents in outlying towns can expect largely improved road links to urban circles as Shanghai plans to build 30 major arteries in the next three years to ease a shortage of fast roads between some suburban areas and downtown districts.

The plan is part of a government initiative to build 50 new roads citywide to boost daily traffic flow across districts, especially between the suburbs and downtown.

The local construction commission said yesterday that 20 such roads had already been completed and opened to traffic.

Twenty more will be constructed this year and the others are to be completed by 2015.

Residents living in the western suburban Jiading District near its border with downtown Putuo District were among the first batch to benefit from the new road scheme.

For years they complained about unsafe traffic conditions as they drove into Putuo District on their major route to travel downtown.

"There used to be no road at all but a muddy lane always flooded in the rain," said a local resident.

Now Taopu Road, which opened to traffic early this year, is 42 meters wide to facilitate cyclists and vehicles.

Of the 20 such new roads to be built this year, many will be located between Minhang and its neighboring districts as well as inside the vast Pudong New Area.

Billions of yuan will be spent on the new roads citywide, but a detailed investment budget has not yet been specified, construction commission officials said. In the Pudong New Area alone, the new roads are projected to cost about 9 billion yuan.
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