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Soon-tallest tower two-thirds to its top

SHANGHAI Tower, which will be China's tallest building when completed in 2014, has climbed to about 425 meters in the Lujiazui business area. It will ultimately reach 632 meters, becoming an instant city landmark.

The building saw the completion yesterday of the 90th floor of its main structure.

Construction is on schedule with a new story completed every seven days, builders said. Shanghai Tower will have about 210,000 square meters of office space and 50,000 square meters area for commercial functions.

The excavation for the building was the biggest underground pit ever built in Shanghai - underground levels are about the size of 3.2 soccer fields. Unlike many other towers in Lujiazui, the future tallest building in China will rent, not sell, space.

The city's investment in big government construction projects this year, including the Shanghai Tower, was 120 billion yuan (US$19.2 billion), construction officials said.


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