In just 48 hours, workers assembled the prefabricated structural-steel subassemblies and other components—without any interior finishes—of a 10-story building in the industrial town of Mohali in northwestern India. The still-unfinished building holds the nation’s speed record for superstructure-plus assembly.
On Dec. 1, the deputy chief minister of the state of Punjab, Sukhbir Singh Badal, inaugurated the 25,000-sq-meter building. For two days, a 200-member team worked around the clock to finish erecting the subassemblies and exterior wall panels. Less than 20% of the work was done on-site, according to the company. The builder claims the structure, designed to resist earthquakes, has a 600-year life.
Harpal Singh, the catalyst behind the project and chairman of the local company Synergy Thrislington, envisions the technology speeding up construction for commercial towers, hotels, hospitals, educational institutions, universities and stores.