The Taipei City Government has approved the resumption of construction on Taipei 101 -- formerly known as the Taipei Financial Center -- over three months after a powerful earthquake detached two tower cranes from their mounts, causing them to hurtle to the ground killing five people.
\nThe Bureau of Labor Affairs and the Public Works Department of the city government issued the notice, permitting full resumption of construction on all floors on June 28 and July 3, respectively.
\nPermission to resume building on floors from B5 to 23 was granted on May 15, although building restrictions have reportedly cost the company NT$800 million, which are expenses related to workers' wages, insurance premiums and other costs associated with keeping the project going. The figure does not include the cost of reparing the damage caused by the quake.
\nConstruction was halted on March 31 when the earthquake, measuring 6.8 on the Richter scale, sent the two cranes perched on the 56th floor plummeting to earth.
\nAccording to Terry Shen (沈雲飛), vice president of the tower's builder -- the Taipei Financial Center Corp (台北金融大樓公司) -- two new cranes are being built in a joint venture between Japan's Nippon Steel and Taiwan's China Steel Corp (中鋼).
\nThe new cranes, which will replace toppled cranes No. 2 and No. 4, will have specially reinforced masts that will be able to withstand strong quakes like the one on March 31, Shen said.
\nShen said that the new cranes will have special pin-strengthened masts which are the same as those used in cranes in No. 1 and No. 3 -- which stayed in position during the earthquake.
\n"The pin-system is much stronger, as was seen during the quake when the other cranes didn't fall," Shen said.
\nThe differences between the four cranes don't stop there. Cranes No. 1 and No. 3 were virtually custom-made for use on the project, while cranes No. 2 and No. 4 had already been used previously in Hong Kong, Shen said.
\n"The parts and elements are expected to arrive in mid-August and installation will begin in September. There will therefore be no significant progress on the steel structure above the 56th floor until September," according to a company statement.
\nThe city government is currently examining reports submitted by Taipei Financial's main contractor, KTRT, on what caused the crane masts to fail during the temblor. KTRT is formed by Kumagai Gumi, Taiwan Kumagai, RSEA Engineering Corporation (
PHOTO: TAIPEI 101
*Relevant agencies of the Taipei City Government gave their approval, effective Wednesday, July 3, for building on the upper floors to restart, after an earth-quake in March halted the project.
* The Taipei Financial Center Corp says it lost NT$800 million because of the halt in construction, related to workers' wages, insurance premiums and other costs.
* New cranes with special `pin-strengthened masts' are now being built to replace those that fell to the ground.
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