By Maria G. Valdez, Aug 15, 2013 01:45 PM EDT
There's been quite some controversy surrounding a Spanish skyscraper. The In Tempo towers, in Benidorm, Spain have been the center of a high-publicized scandal after it was reported that they were built without elevators.
The 47-floor twin towers began their construction with high hopes of being "an unquestionable banner of the future," however, the project has been riddled with set-backs since day one. Multiple problems arose in the construction process, putting the building completion four years behind schedule.
One of the major issues, that might have caused all the "elevator craziness" could've been that there wasn't any kind of lift at all for workers until 23 stories of the skyscraper had already been built. Without even a freight elevator in place, the 41 workers faced major difficulties trekking up and down 23 floors each day to complete their work. Eventually they got a fright elevator.
Another problem InTempo faced happened in 2009. Just before the skyscraper was to be completed, the construction firm building the structure, Olga Urbana, went bankrupt. Some of the workers who were part of bankrupt Olga Urbana, decided to open a new firm and try to get the InTempo completed. The new firm was called Kono and picked up the work in 2010.
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However, more trouble was ahead. In July 2011, as workers prepared to build the 47th and final floor of the Spanish skyscraper, a tragedy occurred. The freight elevator collapsed with 13 of the 41 workers inside. Even more frightening, was the fact that ambulances were unable to get to the workers due to the building having no vehicle entrance.
Feeling helpless, the workers who had been committed to the project, began to threaten strike after the accident, adding that they had also gone months without pay. The threat of strike, however, fell on deaf ears as manager Javier Frías returned the threats with a cold emailed response: "There could be some people who may not be interested in the working conditions and decide to walk away. They'll be doing us a favor."
Add to all that the fact that somehow, a media outlet got lost in translation stating that the towers had no elevators, and many reports followed in copying the information and adding that InTempo was meant to be 20 stories high and when the building firm bankruptcy fiasco took place, plans were altered to take the skyscraper to 47 stories.
Part of the alleged fake story also said that the builders forgot to properly rescale the new floors, and as a result, the 47-story skyscraper would have an elevator far too small to accommodate lifting past the 20th floor, since the motor in the original elevator lacked the power needed to lift to the additional floors and there was no space to put in a larger one.
The building's PR team didn't stay quiet. They took to Twitter the fact that In Tempo has six elevators, three on each tower, plus other service elevators. They laughed at the reports from the national and international press, and said they were misinforming the population.
They tweeted in English and Spanish to the accounts of the many sites promoting the "fake news" as they called it, and one of the tweets read: "THESE ARE A FAKE AND INSIDIOUS NEWS. THE INTEMPO LAST GENERATION ELEVATORS ARE WORKING NORMALLY."
— Edificio Intempo (@INTEMPOBenidorm) August 11, 2013
Another tweet said that publishing those articles that claimed the towers didn't have elevators was a lack of seriousness from the media, and it was "ridiculous."
Raquel López, a journalist, decided to take a look for herself and later posted her experience on her blog. She rode the elevator up to the 45th floor, and posted several pictures of her journey, proving again, that the allegations against InTempo were wrong.
The building is currently at 94 percent completion, it has only 35 percent of its 269 housing units sold, and the price for their one-bedroom luxury apartments go up to an exorbitant 358,000 euros, with increments every 10 floors.