Monday, December 27, 2010

The Moresky360 is sinking!

Here are two memorable movie moments for me:

Oklahoma!  Here are some lyrics from the song "Everything's up to date in Kansas City":

Everything's up to date in Kansas City

They gone about as fer as they can go

 They went an' built a skyscraper seven stories high

About as high as a buildin' orta grow.

Monty Python and the Search for the Holy Grail  Here is a funny bit about building a castle in a swamp:

When I first came here, this was all swamp. Everyone said I was daft to build a castle on a swamp, but I built in all the same, just to show them. It sank into the swamp. So I built a second one. That sank into the swamp. So I built a third. That burned down, fell over, then sank into the swamp. But the fourth one stayed up. And that's what you're going to get, Lad, the strongest castle in all of England.


I relate this information to you because of what I have heard about Wuxi Subway Construction and the Moresky360 building in downtown Wuxi, China.

The Moresky360 building is sinking into Wuxi's all too soft earth (Wuxi terrain is mostly canal and soft ground).  Now, the revolving doors at the building's main entrance can't be used -- they are stuck because of the building sinking. 

Engineers have recommended that the building be torn down.  That won't do.  The building in Wuxi's center has become a landmark.  As well, the Moresky360's trouble would delay or stop the construction of the Wuxi Subway.  It has been said that the ground of Wuxi is too soft for tunneling.  The Chinese Central Government apparently would tell Wuxi to stop subway construction if the Moresky360 has to be torn down or seriously renovated.  The Wuxi Mayor is committed to the construction of the subway and so pressure is being applied to keep the Moresky360 standing.

So the building will be monitored, for a year, in hopes of finding a solution to its sinking problem.  The Moresky360 will probably have to be renovated.



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