World’s tallest building faces year-long delay

Burj Dubai, the world’s tallest building, is facing construction delays of at least a year after a leading contractor on the project went broke.

Work that should have begun in the first quarter of 2006 won’t start until April at the earliest following the bankruptcy of Switzerland-based Schmidlin Ltd. Facade Technology, said George Efstathiou, a partner at Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP, which designed the 160-storey tower in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

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