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Old December 31st, 2012, 11:29 AM   #2221
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Top of downtown historic building partly collapses during renovation
Shanghai Daily
2012-12-31



THE top two stories of a downtown historic building collapsed early yesterday morning, causing no injuries but showering the area below with falling brick and concrete, blocking traffic in the Bund area.

It was the second structural collapse at a Shanghai building this month.

The eight-story building, the Sichuan Building at the crossroad of Yan'an Road E. and Sichuan Road M. in Huangpu District, had its top structures, on the seventh and eighth floors, partly collapse about 3am yesterday.

Parts of those stories facing south collapsed with a loud sound, with heavy concrete chunks hitting the road and sidewalk below.

The damaged building was undergoing interior renovation when the collapse happened, according to Huangpu District government. City police and work safety authorities are investigating the cause.

"The seventh and eighth floors were added to the building in the 1980s," according to an initial investigation of a task force led by a deputy district director. About 600 square meters were damaged.

The building, designed by a Norwegian engineer and finished in 1943, was once owned by the British company Wheelock. It also is known as the Texaco building as it was leased to American oil giant Texaco in the past. Now it is home to several companies that rent space, and it was given historic protection in 1993 by the city government.

Residents nearby were evacuated soon after.

The district government said late yesterday that 39 people in 13 households living nearby had returned home after being temporarily resettled, with 49 visitors living in nearby hotels evacuated and remaining elsewhere.

Major roads nearby such as Yan'an and Sichuan roads were closed to traffic. A ramp of the underground Bund tunnel also was closed, said city traffic authorities, leading to congestion. Traffic was still blocked last night as the clearing work progressed.

By late yesterday afternoon, the rooftop and debris on the building were removed as a construction company entrusted by the government for clearing work. Some tenants were allowed limited access.

"We just brought out two computers because they have important files and data stored on them," said a staff member who works on the fourth floor.

Workers from the building said it was being checked for safety yesterday. "We do not know whether it's safe or not," one worker said.

Cracks were first observed in the building on Saturday night when the renovation workers inside retreated after alerting others, local TV news said.

Renovation work was being conducted by a company named Shanghai Di'ang Industrial Development Co, authorities said.

City commerce and industry authorities' information showed that the company was registered in the same building that collapsed. The company's services include real estate development, construction material, renovation and mine products, according to the files. It was set up in May 2006.

It remained unclear whether the renovation work had been approved by local housing authorities, as required by Shanghai historical building protection regulations.

Building safety issue garnered public attention after a four-story building undergoing illegal renovation collapsed, killing three in Minshang District on December 10.
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Old January 4th, 2013, 07:24 PM   #2222
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5 confirmed dead after collapse at building site
Shanghai Daily
Jan 2, 2013

FIVE workers have been confirmed dead and 17 others were injured after a concrete platform under construction collapsed in Shanghai's Pudong New Area on Monday night, the city government said yesterday.

More than 30 people were working at the site of a five-story parking lot and train maintenance depot for the under construction Metro Line 12 in Pudong's Jinqiao area when the accident happened at around 9pm.

A number of workers were buried under falling scaffolding when the platform collapsed, according to one worker who escaped with minor injuries.

Thousands of metal poles were scattered across a 500 square meter area of Jinhui Road and a crane was also seen falling on the building, according to witnesses.

More than 100 firefighters clambered over the poles in a search for buried workers while ambulances took the injured to nearby Shuguang Hospital.

"My father agreed to have dinner with me and spend the New Year's Eve together after work," a 25-year-old woman surnamed Lu told reporters at the scene.

She was calling out and screaming her father's name. But rescuers later found his body in the debris.

Four others died in hospital, the government said after rescue work ended yesterday.

Of the injured, one suffered spinal injuries and was in a serious condition. The others were stable, said Zhu Meiping, a doctor at the hospital.

Most of the injuries were bone fractures while some suffered eye damage from spilling concrete, Zhu said.

The family member of a worker who died collapsed at the scene and was also taken to hospital.

The cause of the collapse is not yet known and an investigation team led by Vice Mayor Shen Jun and the city's work safety watchdog has begun looking into the accident.

The No. 2 Shanghai Construction Group said yesterday that building work would be halted for three days for a safety inspection.

The site is close to the terminus of Line 12, which is expected to be in operation by 2014 from the city's northeast to its southwest, with 30-plus stations and 40 kilometers of track.
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Old January 8th, 2013, 06:25 AM   #2223
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Cardiology hospital under construction in Qingpu
Shanghai Daily
7 January 2013

THE main building of Shanghai's first cardiology hospital was topped off today in Qingpu District.

The Shanghai Delta Hospital, a Sino-US joint venture, is expected to open next year with 200 beds and will offer advanced cardiac treatment and rehabilitation services as that in Western countries.

Its American partner has specialized in cardiology and post-surgery rehabilitation for over 30 years.

With more than 1 billion yuan in investment, the hospital will be the largest medical joint venture in Shanghai.

"Only 4 percent of China's cardiac patients were treated in 2004. The rate is now 20 percent but still very low due to limited hospital resources, poor education and inadequate disease prevention," said Dr Peter Liu, CEO of Shanghai Delta Hospital and Clinics.

In Shanghai, patients just go home after a heart surgery without getting any rehabilitation training. In developed countries, doctors would offer patients guidance on physical exercise and diet as well as psychological treatment to help them recover, Liu said.

"Such services are almost nonexistent in China as health authorities pay little attention to disease prevention and rehabilitation," Liu added.

The company first opened a clinic, Shanghai DeltaWest Clinic, in downtown Hongqiao area to offer high-quality cardiovascular care.
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Old January 10th, 2013, 05:43 AM   #2224
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SOHO Hailun Square, 海伦广场

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Old January 10th, 2013, 06:15 AM   #2225
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Nice! Do you know the height? (I guess it's around 150m)
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Old January 10th, 2013, 07:52 AM   #2226
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About 130m, 33F.
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Old January 10th, 2013, 08:08 AM   #2227
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About 130m, 33F.
Thanks. Not really tall, but the cladding looks nice.
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Old January 10th, 2013, 10:03 AM   #2228
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yes the cladding reminds me of the Durian Building of Singapore.

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Old January 12th, 2013, 06:28 AM   #2229
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Marriott opens new Pudong hotel to tap tourism boom
Shanghai Daily
2013-1-10

SHANGHAI'S tourism industry will continue to boom in years to come, especially after the opening of Shanghai Disneyland in 2015, officials said today.

Though the occupancy rate of some hotels suffered due to a spate of hotels opening before the World Expo in Shanghai in 2010, the industry still has a promising future, said James Macadie, general manager of Shanghai Marriott Hotel Pudong East which opened today in the Jinqiao area.

"An increasing number of Chinese business travelers from outside Shanghai will choose to stay in a five-star hotel in the city," he said, adding that his new hotel is located in a district very popular for business travelers and tourists alike.

The government of Pudong plans to build Jinqiao and Chuansha into the International Tourism Zone with total investment exceeding 100 billion yuan, said Pudong Governor Jiang Liang.

The zone will have Shanghai Disneyland in the center, surrounded by other theme parks and tourism facilities. The 24.5-billion-yuan Disneyland Park is already under construction.
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Old January 14th, 2013, 03:09 PM   #2230
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Lujiazui skyway links Metro with high-rises
Shanghai Daily
2013-1-14



WHITE-COLLAR workers will soon be able to walk from the Metro station in the high-traffic Lujiazui area to their offices in a cluster of skyscrapers via a winding skyway, the project builder said today.

A 540-meter-long elevated walkway connecting the Lujiazui Metro Station with the Jinmao Tower, Shanghai World Financial Center, and Shanghai IFC has been built today, said Shanghai Urban Construction Engineering Group.

It is the main part of a skyway network designed to let commuters walk above ground-level traffic to their office buildings which they long complained as being "highly visible but not easily accessible."

The skyway's ring-shaped overpass, a platform and a corridor have already been put into use. People can reach the buildings via the skyway without crossing roads, the builder said.

Construction on the 9-meter-width skyway started last August.
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Old January 15th, 2013, 03:16 PM   #2231
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I.M. Pei invited to redesign Paramount Hall
2013-1-15



SHANGHAI plans to turn the Paramount Hall, an icon of its colonial past, into a modern jazz theater, officials told Shanghai Daily today.

Internationally eminent architect Ieoh Ming Pei and Hong Kong designer Alan Chan will be invited to design the Paramount Jz Center, a Jing'an District Cultural Bureau official said.

The 80-year-old building on Yuyuan Road near the Jing'an Temple will be restored to its original grandeur and every design detail will be kept intact.

"If the Lincoln Center in New York City is called the center of Western jazz, then the renovated Paramount in Shanghai will be the center of Eastern jazz," said Chen Chao, deputy director of Shanghai Library who is in charge of Paramount's restoration.

Apart from being a dance hall, visitors can also watch movies and enjoy a cabaret show, according to the plan.

Built in 1933, the Art Décor building was the biggest entertainment venue in Shanghai in those days and a popular haunt for the rich and famous, such as Chinese poet Xu Zhimo and warlord Zhang Xueliang. Claire Chennault, commander of the Flying Tigers, and his fiancée Chen Xiangmei held their engagement ceremony there.

The hall is now open to the public from 1pm-4:30pm daily, charging 40 yuan on weekdays and 80 yuan at weekend. After the renovation, the hall will open from 10am to 12:30am, according to the bureau.

The Paramount Hall has undergone several renovations. It was transformed into a theatre and a department store in 1954. Its latest renovation was in 2009 to change it back to a dancing hall.
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Old January 16th, 2013, 04:11 AM   #2232
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Traffic hub to open in Pudong by mid-year
Shanghai Daily
2013-1-16

A KEY traffic hub in Pudong's Sanlin area will open by the middle of this year, providing more convenient access to downtown Shanghai for suburban residents, the city's construction and transport commission said yesterday.

The hub will feature six bus routes with 500 parking spaces for vehicles. The hub is close to Luheng Road Station on Metro Line 8.

Shi Zhenhai, deputy general manager with the builder, Shanghai Transportation Investment Group, said residents nearby will be encouraged to drive to the hub and then take subways downtown.

Stores and a wet market will also be included in the hub, Shi added.

Sanlin is a growing community with many large apartment complexes having opened in recent years. About 40 percent of an expected 100,000 people already live in the area.

The city is working on dozens of supporting projects for large suburban communities to address housing and transportation issues.
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Old January 18th, 2013, 12:54 AM   #2233
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Old January 23rd, 2013, 05:50 AM   #2235
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Shanghai Wuzhou International Plaza Winning Proposal / Synthesis Design + Architecture Inc. & Shenzhen General Institute of Architectural Design and Research

Architects: Synthesis Design + Architecture Inc. and Shenzhen General Institute of Architectural Design and Research Co. Ltd
Location: Shanghai, China
Design Team: Synthesis Design + Architecture (Design Architect) Shenzhen General Architectural Design Institute (Executive Architect, Structural Engineer, MEP) OneView CG (Visualization)
Project Credits: Alvin Huang, AIA (Design Principal), Chia-ching Yang, Joseph Sarafian, David O. Wolthers
Client: Hong Kong Wuzhou International Group Co., Ltd.
Program: Mixed-use office, hotel, retail, entertainment & lifestyle development
Area: 180,000sqm
Project Budget: $250,000,000 USD
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What a fantastic design hope it gets built
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Old January 26th, 2013, 05:56 AM   #2239
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City seeks drop in downtown dwellers
Shanghai Daily
Jan 26, 2013

SHANGHAI will trim the proportion of its population living downtown by 4 percentage points and limit the city's total population to 26.5 million by 2020, officials said.

The number of permanent residents in downtown districts will account for around 45 percent of the city's total population by 2020, according to a city primary functions plan released by the Shanghai government.

Some 11 million people are living in the eight downtown districts of Huangpu, Xuhui, Changning, Jing'an, Putuo, Zhabei, Hongkou and Yangpu, and Baoshan and Minhang districts, accounting for nearly half of the city's population.

"The city government will strictly control the scale of population in the 10 districts, especially in Baoshan and Minhang, and also guide downtown residents to move to other districts," the government said. Many out-of-towners live in the two districts.

By the end of 2011, Shanghai had about 23 million residents, including over 9 million from outside the city, according to the latest figure available at the website of Shanghai Population and Family Planning Commission.

"The increase in the city's population has caused many problems, including surging housing prices, traffic congestion and a lack of medical resources," the plan said.

The plan divides the city into four functional zones.

The 10 downtown districts should develop service industries and control the population. The Pudong New Area should focus on reform and opening up and lead in changing the city development model. Suburban Jiading, Jinshan, Songjiang, Qingpu and Fengxian districts should attract more people to live, and create industries. Chongming Island should protect its environment.
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Defective scaffolds led to fatal collapse
Shanghai Daily
Jan 26, 2013

DEFECTIVE scaffolding and framing contributed to the collapse of a concrete deck that killed five workers and injured 17 on a Metro Line 12 construction site on December 31, city work safety authorities said yesterday.

Investigators were still determining who should be held responsible, officials said.

At the time of the incident, cement work was being done at the site for a train parking structure for Line 12 in the Pudong New Area's Jinqiao area, officials said.

By 8:30pm, the operator of a crane used to move materials cut the crane's power and left for the day. At 9:03pm, scaffolding and framing alongside the crane twisted and crashed into the crane, which fell onto the concrete deck, causing the collapse.

The structures "had flaws and lost balance under the weight of cement and the crane," officials pointed out.

More than 30 people were working at the site of a five-story parking lot and train maintenance depot at the site.

The work safety bureau said the builder, the Shanghai No. 2 Construction Group, as well as an engineering supervision company and a labor service subcontractor, were lax in their management.
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