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Old August 7th, 2011, 02:19 AM   #2341
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Can someone tell me how the hell is this building is only going to cost 1.3 billion dollars and the freedom tower witch by the way is half this building size is 3 billion .
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Old August 7th, 2011, 02:20 AM   #2342
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Can someone tell me how the hell is this building is only going to cost 1.3 billion dollars and the freedom tower witch by the way is half this building size is 3 billion .
Cheaper labour?
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Old August 7th, 2011, 02:38 AM   #2343
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Video interview

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August 4, 2011 - Architect Adrian Smith - Chicago Tonight Video - WTTW

We talk with Chicago architect Adrian Smith, who, along with his firm, has been picked to design the world's tallest building -- to be built in Saudi Arabia.
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Old August 7th, 2011, 03:13 AM   #2344
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what a wonderful interview !!
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Old August 7th, 2011, 05:22 AM   #2345
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Can someone tell me how the hell is this building is only going to cost 1.3 billion dollars and the freedom tower witch by the way is half this building size is 3 billion .
Hi Yankee.

In short - it isn't IMO.

For some reason a lowball figure is thrown around.
The BK number is 1.5 billion. I have totals at 3.78 from before inauguration.



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As these figures are from an earlier/lower revision for the structure, when completed it will be more like 4 to 4.5 billion.
That doesn't include any of the foundation costs (for the main structure) or any of the design phase costs which could easily be another half billion.
So from 1.5 claimed to 5 in reality - these figures are in USD.

Yes the labor is much cheaper than in North America but this project will probably be well over 5 billion - substantially more if it was being built in NA.


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Old August 7th, 2011, 05:50 AM   #2346
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Video interview

http://www.wttw.com/main.taf?p=42,8,...O6lhAHJaha_Z8w

August 4, 2011 - Architect Adrian Smith - Chicago Tonight Video - WTTW

We talk with Chicago architect Adrian Smith, who, along with his firm, has been picked to design the world's tallest building -- to be built in Saudi Arabia.
found it on youtube :
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Old August 7th, 2011, 07:13 AM   #2347
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How can such a sandy waterfront piece of real estate ever provide a stable foundation for this tower?
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Old August 7th, 2011, 07:20 AM   #2348
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That was a really good video that jh1 posted ^.^
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Old August 7th, 2011, 09:26 AM   #2349
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Shouldn't this money be used to help the millions of starving people in this region, or does that make too much sense...?

not a bad looking building though
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Old August 7th, 2011, 09:49 AM   #2350
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That video shows evidence towards 1100 meters. Adrian Smith says it will be "a little over twice the height of Sears Tower."

Sears Tower: 527m
Multiplied by 2: 1054m
Plus a a little more: ????m

It wont be a mile high, but at least it will be more than 1050m.

And the video says it is 50 floors more than the Burj Khalifa:

Burj Khalifa: 163 habitable floors/209 total floors
Plus 50: 213 floors/259 floors
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Old August 7th, 2011, 10:34 AM   #2351
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Yes. That was a very good video and interview. He did not color coat it but just very straight talk. Great Stuff.
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Old August 7th, 2011, 02:34 PM   #2352
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I am glad that A Smith still calls the Sears Tower the Sears Tower.
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Old August 7th, 2011, 02:52 PM   #2353
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Old August 7th, 2011, 03:43 PM   #2354
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That video shows evidence towards 1100 meters. Adrian Smith says it will be "a little over twice the height of Sears Tower."

Sears Tower: 527m
Multiplied by 2: 1054m
Plus a a little more: ????m

It wont be a mile high, but at least it will be more than 1050m.

And the video says it is 50 floors more than the Burj Khalifa:

Burj Khalifa: 163 habitable floors/209 total floors
Plus 50: 213 floors/259 floors
Sears Tower official height however wouldn't even reach 900m. and he said a little taller than twice. so i think he really means antenna height which is great, by that it's between 1050m and 1100m

also. it's more slender than Burj Khalifa, very interesting fact, which also explains the floor area thing. however it's larger at the base.

"you have no parking under the tower" i wonder how big parking areas around have to be then though
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Old August 7th, 2011, 03:47 PM   #2355
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So now the Saudi's gonna have the tallest building and the biggest building. Saudi Arabia seems to be the new country of skyscrapers
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Old August 7th, 2011, 04:01 PM   #2356
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So now the Saudi's gonna have the tallest building and the biggest building. Saudi Arabia seems to be the new country of skyscrapers
"new country of skyscrapers". nah they might have the tallest, but compared to other countries they have very very least countries. Still this building will show new solutions to new problems and help for the construction of future buildings. And this building will be a masterpiece of a building.
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Old August 7th, 2011, 06:40 PM   #2357
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Saudi Arabia seems to be the new country of skyscrapers
How do you figure? Just because they might have the new tallest?
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Old August 7th, 2011, 06:53 PM   #2358
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The new tallest (KT) and the new biggest (Abraj)
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Old August 7th, 2011, 07:56 PM   #2359
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found it on youtube
In that interview it's said the skyterace will be at the 157th level, if I got that right.

And it was once intended as a helipad, but pilots didn't want to face the risk of landing there. So they transformed it into an observation platform featuring a glass floor.
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Old August 7th, 2011, 09:17 PM   #2360
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The new tallest (KT) and the new biggest (Abraj)
and the world's largest clock , the world's highest clock , the skyscraper with the biggest hole in the world (kingdom centre)
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