Imagine leaving for Mombasa for a brief business trip of about 6 days and then when you come back to your house in Nairobi you get lost completely. The reason being that a 15 storey building that you did not leave there has seemingly dropped from the skies.
This is exactly what happened to some poor chaps in a neighborhood in the south-central Chinese city of Changsha when workers recently completed a magnificent 6-story building in 6 short days. YES!!! 6 DAYS.
The work crew erected the new Ark Hotel (pictured above) —a soundproofed, thermal-insulated structure reportedly built to withstand a magnitude 9 earthquake—with prefabricated materials. A crew of off-site factory workers built the sections, and their on-site counterparts arranged them on the foundation for the Ark project. Read more.
And that is not all. Like in all prefabricated buildings there was very little wastage of material. It was also reported that there wasn’t a single injury during construction. Those in the construction industry will tell you that high-rise buildings in Kenya routinely claim a few lives by the time they are completed.
I hope Kumekucha readers are able to appreciate the implications of this kind of speed in a construction project. Speed can revolutionize any venture. Imagine if you could make the kind of money you make in a year in only 6 days!!!! It means without doubt that China has to be a serious contender for the leading super power in the world today even as people continue to make fun of the quality of Chinese goods without realizing that a vast majority of the things they use on a daily basis are of Chinese origin. By the way incase you are not aware most parts inside the computer you are using to read this are from China. It doesn’t matter whether you are using a laptop or a PC. The same applies if you are using a cell phone or Blackberry.
Most people don’t know that before Japan became such a respected name in quality manufacturing there was a time everybody laughed at their poor quality. It seems that that is a phase that the Chinese have recently crossed.
I happened to know of some local entrepreneurs who are using Chinese prefabs in the Kenyan construction industry to their advantage. Imagine being able to put up buildings much faster than usual. It would have tremendous implications on cash flow and the financials in general.
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Hot tip from Kumekucha: I will be giving regular useful tips in this blog starting with this red hot one. Did you know that even as you read this there are some Kenyans based in Nairobi quietly making money from all over the world (to the tune of $5000 and more every month without fail). This is their secret. Do your own research if you don't believe me.