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Initial Design of "Orient Gate" Evaluated

The preliminary design of the project "Orient Gate", which claims to be "No.1 Gate of the World", was recently subjected to detailed safety evaluation in Suzhou by fire brigade authorities of the province and municipality.

Orient Gate, to be located in Suzhou Industrial Park, will be a super high-rise building with 5 stories in basement and 66 stories above ground, with a height of 278 meters and a total constructed area of 453,141 square meters. As the landmark building of Suzhou CBD, Orient Gate will combine the functions of business, restaurants, sightseeing, office building, hotel apartment, and a 5-star hotel. The examination and evaluation of the design was focused on firefighting facilities, including emergency evacuation, boilers, power control, generators, and the plan of Sauna, fitness gym, recreation facilities, etc. Specific requirements were raised by fire departments for the design in water supply and drainage, heat supply, and power lines, etc.

Jointly invested by Tian Di Group and Orient Investment Group in approximately 3 billion yuan RMB, the building is designed by East China Architectural Designing Institute and is being constructed by Suzhou Qian Ning Property Co., Ltd. According to the design, the Orient Gate is divided into East and West buildings forming an archway. It covers an area of 30,000 square meters, and upon completion, the building will contain the largest hotel in Suzhou with as many as 3,500 standard rooms.

August 17, 2005

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