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Featured Buildings Involving Environmental Systems Design

353 North Clark

353 North Clark, Chicago

With an elegant composition of articulated glass and steel, 353 North Clark is located at the center of the River North neighborhood.

900 North Michigan Avenue

900 North Michigan Avenue, Chicago

This 265 meter skyscraper features large, upscale shopping and was the second vertical mall built along the Magnificent Mile.

Al Hilal Bank Tower

Al Hilal Bank Tower, Abu Dhabi

The Al Hilal Bank Tower, located on Abu Dhabi’s Al Maryah Island, is a flagship commercial development for the Al Hilal banking network.

FKI Tower

FKI Tower, Seoul

FKI Tower features an innovative exterior wall, designed specifically for the project. The unique skin reduces internal heating and cooling loads and collects energy.

Jeddah Tower

Jeddah Tower, Jeddah

Jeddah Tower reaches new heights as the first building to surpass the 1,000 meter mark while standing as an icon for the country of Saudi Arabia.

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About Environmental Systems Design

Environmental Systems Design improves society through the built environment. They create design solutions that not only meet their client / partner's needs and expectations but provide a safe environment to communicate, inspire, create, innovate, and evolve.

To do this they champion inclusion and collaboration both in-house and with clients. Having the ability to assemble project teams from a professional pool of 275+ people allows them to explore, collaborate, and share lessons learned from their diverse staff and utilize best practices when developing options and solutions to design challenges.

Above all, the value they place on the health and safety of their employees and clients through their design is paramount in their philosophic approach.

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Environmental Systems Design at CTBUH

Top Company Rankings: The World’s 100 Tallest Buildings

13 Oct 2016, CTBUH Research – The Council is pleased to announce the Top Company Rankings for numerous…

CCHRB Addresses Question: “Refurbish, Repurpose or Replace?”

CCHRB Addresses Question: “Refurbish, Repurpose or Replace?”

12 Jun 2014, Event Report – A recent seminar of CCHRB, co-sponsored by CTBUH, thoroughly examined the question…

YPC Presents on Complex Chicago Mixed-Use Project

YPC Presents on Complex Chicago Mixed-Use Project

16 Apr 2014, Event Report – The Young Professionals Committee of CTBUH facilitated a roundtable discussion on…

Environmental Systems Design at CTBUH

Top Company Rankings: The World’s 100 Tallest Buildings
13 Oct 2016, Chicago – CTBUH Research
The Council is pleased to announce the Top Company Rankings for numerous disciplines as derived from the list of projects appearing in 100 of the World’s Tallest Buildings.
CCHRB Addresses Question: “Refurbish, Repurpose or Replace?”
12 Jun 2014, Chicago – Event Report
A recent seminar of CCHRB, co-sponsored by CTBUH, thoroughly examined the question of how cities should deal with existing, outdated tall buildings.
YPC Presents on Complex Chicago Mixed-Use Project
16 Apr 2014, Chicago – Event Report
The Young Professionals Committee of CTBUH facilitated a roundtable discussion on Chicago’s under-construction mixed-use development 455 North Park Drive, at Crown Hall, Illinois Instit
Event Focuses on Combining Fire Safety and Sustainability
7-8 Nov 2012, Chicago – Event Report
The CTBUH participated in a symposium to address the complex issues of integrating fire safety design with sustainability.
Shanghai Congress News Day Congress: Day Three
21 Sep 2012, Shanghai – Conference Activity Report
See the highlights from the third day of the CTBUH 2012 Shanghai Congress including the plenary on the past, present, and future World's Tallest Buildings.
CTBUH 2012 Shanghai Conference Silver Sponsor
19-21 Sep 2012, Shanghai – Conference Sponsor
That the 21st Century will be the age of the Asian Skyscraper seems indisputable. Already, the past two decades have witnessed a major shift in tall buildings from west to east.

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Mehdi Jalayerian

Mehdi Jalayerian

CTBUH Advisory Group, 2013 – 2014
Chicago, United States

Julide Demirdoven

Julide Demirdoven

CTBUH Skyscraper Center Editorial Board, 2015 – 2016
Chicago, United States

Raj Gupta

Raj Gupta

CTBUH Annual Conference, Session Chair, 2012

CTBUH Resources Involving Environmental Systems Design

Award Winners & Award of Excellence Recipients

The CTBUH Awards recognize projects and individuals that have made extraordinary contributions to the advancement of tall buildings and the urban environment, and that achieve sustainability at the highest and broadest level.

Award of Excellence

Supertall Buildings Infrastructure: Designing Vertical Cities

17 Sep 2014 – CTBUH 2014 Shanghai Conference
Mehdi Jalayerian, ESD (Environmental Systems Design, Inc.)

2014 Shanghai International Conference - Session 09 - Q & A

17 Sep 2014 – CTBUH 2014 Shanghai Conference
Panel Questions & Answers

What is the Single Biggest Challenge in Constructing a Mile-high Tower?

Mar 2013 – Monthly Video Series
William Baker, SOM; Craig Gibbons, Arup; Andy Davids, Hyder Consulting; Mehdi Jalayerian, Environmental Systems Design; Ahmad Abdelrazaq, Samsung

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Methods to Mitigate Costly and Disruptive Stack Effect in Super and Megatall Towers

17 Oct 2016 – Cities to Megacities: Shaping Dense Vertical Urbanism
Mehdi Jalayerian & Tyler Jensen, Environmental Systems Design

Supertall Buildings Infrastructure: Designing Vertical Cities

16 Sep 2014 – CTBUH 2014 Shanghai Conference Proceedings
Mehdi Jalayerian, ESD (Environmental Systems Design, Inc.)

Videos

Supertall Buildings Infrastructure: Designing Vertical Cities
17 Sep 2014 – Presentation at CTBUH 2014 Shanghai Conference; Mehdi Jalayerian, ESD (Environmental Systems Design, Inc.)
This presentation explores the methodology behind designing a supertall building where it concerns system configurations that support sustainable construction; the ways in which the design interacts with the environment; coordinating within the…
2014 Shanghai International Conference - Session 09 - Q & A
17 Sep 2014 – Presentation at CTBUH 2014 Shanghai Conference; Panel Questions & Answers
2014 Shanghai International Conference Session 09 Questions & Answers session with speakers Vincent Tse and Herbert Lam, Parsons Brinckerhoff; Mehdi Jalayerian, Environmental Systems Design; and Xiaoxin Man, CSCEC.
What is the Single Biggest Challenge in Constructing a Mile-high Tower?
Mar 2013 – Monthly Video Series; William Baker, SOM; Craig Gibbons, Arup; Andy Davids, Hyder Consulting; Mehdi Jalayerian, Environmental Systems Design; Ahmad Abdelrazaq, Samsung
Industry leaders answering this question include: William Baker, SOM; Craig Gibbons, Arup; Andy Davids, Hyder Consulting; Mehdi Jalayerian, Environmental Systems Design, Inc.; and Ahmad Abdelrazaq, Samsung.
Advanced Occupancy for Supertall Buildings
Oct 2011 – Presentation at CTBUH 2011 Seoul Conference; Peter A. Weismantle, Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture; Mehdi Jalayerian, Environmental Systems Design
Advanced Occupancy, sometimes called Phased Occupancy, is a concept pioneered and practiced in the birthplace of the skyscraper, Chicago. Simply put, it allows for the beneficial use and occupation of completed portions of large projects, well in…

Papers/Research

Methods to Mitigate Costly and Disruptive Stack Effect in Super and Megatall Towers
17 Oct 2016 – Cities to Megacities: Shaping Dense Vertical Urbanism; Mehdi Jalayerian & Tyler Jensen, Environmental Systems Design
Risks for developers of supertall and megatall towers come in many forms, as these developments are high profile and complex. One present risk is the financial and disruptive impact of stack effect. Stack effect is the movement of air into or out of…
Supertall Buildings Infrastructure: Designing Vertical Cities
16 Sep 2014 – CTBUH 2014 Shanghai Conference Proceedings; Mehdi Jalayerian, ESD (Environmental Systems Design, Inc.)
This paper explores the methodology behind designing a supertall building where it concerns system configurations that support sustainable construction; the ways in which the design interacts with the environment; coordinating within the limits of…

Environmental Systems Design Tall Building Facts

150m+ Buildings 21 Completed7 Under Constr.
300m+ Buildings 3 Completed4 Under Constr.
Average Building Age 16 Years
Most Common Function office, 14 Buildings
Most Common Material Composite, 13 Buildings
Building Functions
 
Building Materials
 

All building-related facts are for 150m+ buildings currently in the database.

Tall Buildings Involving Environmental Systems Design

1   Jeddah Tower 2021 1000 m Jeddah
2   Wuhan Greenland Center - 472 m Wuhan
3   Chengdu Greenland Tower 2021 468 m Chengdu
4   Willis Tower 1974 442 m Chicago
5   Uptown Tower - 370 m Dubai
6   Bank of America Plaza 1992 312 m Atlanta
7   Two Prudential Plaza 1990 303 m Chicago
8   Tanjong Pagar Centre 2016 284 m Singapore
9   900 North Michigan Avenue 1989 265 m Chicago
10   Park Tower 2000 257 m Chicago
  Completed   Arch. Topped Out   Struct. Topped Out   Under Constr.
1   Jeddah Tower 2021 1000 m Jeddah
2   Wuhan Greenland Center - 472 m Wuhan
3   Chengdu Greenland Tower 2021 468 m Chengdu
4   FORZA Tower - 460 m Bogota
5   Uptown Dubai Tower 1 - 459 m Dubai
6   Willis Tower 1974 442 m Chicago
7   Uptown Tower - 370 m Dubai
8   Xinda Kingtown International Center Tow… - 320 m Suzhou
9   Bank of America Plaza 1992 312 m Atlanta
10   Two Prudential Plaza 1990 303 m Chicago
  Completed   Struct. Topped Out   Under Constr.   Proposed

The building list and facts show buildings involving Environmental Systems Design, Inc., PositivEnergy Practice