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New Design

New Design

Petronas Twin Towers, Malaysia
© Michael Goodman Photography

In recent years, supertall buildings have become more structurally challenging and more visually exciting. Lateral accelerations (swaying sensations) on windy days and differential column shortening (post-construction creep and shrinkage) as height increases pose special challenges. Powerful computer programs now aid in geometric modeling and structural analysis. Increased understanding of wind and seismic loads, and new architectural and structural materials, along with improved construction technologies, all facilitate the design process. This knowledge base – buttressed by our understanding of the interaction between structural system framing elements, building skin, and architectural and mechanical systems – are invaluable in providing safe, comfortable, economical, and constructable designs.

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Feasibility Studies

Feasibility Studies

Federation Tower, Moscow

There is no substitute for experience when an early decision is needed on concept feasibility. Evaluation must be based on a combination of extrapolations from completed designs of other high-rise buildings and simplified computer models that condense structural details while preserving attributes essential to answering high-rise preliminary design questions. Our experience enables our design professionals to use both historical information and analytical savvy to get the answers owners and design teams need to select an appropriate design course.

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Peer Review

Peer Review

Taipei 101, Taiwan

It takes a firm experienced in supertall building design to know if the design proposed by another firm is appropriate. Our approach to peer review services applies the lessons learned during our work on new building designs and existing building investigations. We know how to grapple with conflicting design criteria when it is time to provide suggestions and observations as a peer reviewer. This experience means the comments are focused on the realities of super-tall buildings rather than hypothetical scenarios.

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Value Engineering

Value Engineering

Plaza 66, China

Design criteria and construction methodology are just two of the key components of supertall buildings that often require expert review and value engineering. Often local codes and practices, or construction materials and methods that are appropriate for conventionally sized projects are applied to supertall designs for which they were never intended. We have experience around the globe in helping reviewers understand and apply current international standards for these unique projects. We also assist contractors and developers by sharing best practices.

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