You can stop worrying about all that. Someone in Spain has you beat, hands down. You will never again feel you have made the world's biggest screw up.
How do you build a forty-seven story skyscraper without a single elevator shaft? When the building was ninety-four percent completed, someone noticed there were no elevator shafts.
One wonders how so many people failed to notice the missing elevators while pouring over so many plans, for such a long time - from inception of the idea, to having architects and engineers design it, to having lenders approve it, to having insurers insure it, to having contractors build it. How could they all fail to note the obviously missing elevator shafts?
The town of Benidorn - in Alicante, Spain - built the tower. It's called the InTempo Tower. That's an odd name for such an offbeat building. Apparently they have added elevator shafts and elevators, as the space in the building is thirty five percent sold.
There appears to be a history of alleged fraud and misdeeds in the story of this building's construction. Cost overruns. Lenders failing. It's been something of a mess.
The most interesting fact is this: they had completed the lowest twenty three floors through hauling materials up stairs, manually. Workers carried materials up twenty-three flights of stairs to build out the twenty third floor. The workers had to know the problem of there being no elevators in the building from an early stage in the process. They were getting paid to build, and they wanted to keep building. Who can blame them? They build what the blue prints say to build. It is not up to them to say "hey, don't you need to stop construction and end my job?"
Where was the architect in charge of making certain the building was built properly? Where was the bank's officer overseeing draws and making sure the building would be a viable risk for the bank's loan portfolio? It boggles the mind to figure out how so many people could miss something so obvious in a construction plan.
But they did it. Maybe this is what happens when a governmental unit decides to build a large building designed to serve consumers and effectively compete with the private sector.
The next time you forget and leave that container of food on the top of your car, or forget to make that bank deposit and checks bounce, or forget to pick up the kids from school - rest easy. You're not even close to the world's biggest oops. A town in Spain has that distinction.
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