Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat

Featured Buildings Involving Thornton Tomasetti

10 Hudson Yards

10 Hudson Yards, New York City

This building uses four glazing systems to make up the façades; a cable wall, and three types of shingled curtain walls, composed of energy-efficient glass.

Carlton Centre

Carlton Centre, Johannesburg

Once the home to the five-star Carlton Hotel, the Carlton Centre provides a birds-eye view of downtown Johannesberg.

Comcast Center

Comcast Center, Philadelphia

Taking the form of a faceted obelisk, the tower is clad in silvery high-performance glass with ultra-clear, low-iron glass at the building’s corners and crown.

Comcast Technology Center

Comcast Technology Center, Philadelphia

The tower features 13, three-story skygardens that bring vegetation through the height of the tower, as well as a sky bar, 269 meters above ground.

Crystal Laputa Towers

Crystal Laputa Towers, Chengdu

Winner of a 2019 Best Tall Building Award of Excellence, this complex was designed to evoke the feeling of a floating neighborhood, with sky parks and bridges.

Devon Energy Center

Devon Energy Center, Oklahoma City

This building is remarkable, not only for its inherent design excellence, but for the seeming unlikelihood of its location.

Doosan Haeundae We`ve the Zenith

Doosan Haeundae We`ve the Zenith, Busan

The curved shape of We've the Zenith allows residents to enjoy the views of Haeundae beach, Nurimaru and Gwangan Bridge at a glance with the maximized size of the windows.

Eleven Times Square

Eleven Times Square, New York City

Eleven Times Square attempts to make a more sustainable model for an urban building.

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.

Federation Towers - Vostok Tower

Federation Towers - Vostok Tower, Moscow

When completed in late 2016, the Federation Towers - Vostok Tower claimed the title of Europe's Tallest Building and was the third tallest building to open for occupancy that year.

Hai Tian Center

Hai Tian Center, Qingdao

Situated next to the sea, The Haitian Center is a mixed-use project featuring Class A office space, high-end residential and two hotels.

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.

Naberezhnaya Tower Block C

Naberezhnaya Tower Block C, Moscow

The Naberezhnaya Towers consist of three Class-A office towers with a modern design, located in the heart of the city.

One Liberty Place

One Liberty Place, Philadelphia

Though controversial when initially proposed, this 61-story tower completely transformed Philadelphia's skyline upon its completion in 1985, and has since become a famous city symbol.

One Shenzhen Bay

One Shenzhen Bay, Shenzhen

Located on reclaimed land that did not exist in 2005, One Shenzhen Bay anchors the newly created business district of Houhai.

Palazzo Lombardia

Palazzo Lombardia, Milan

The Palazzo Lombardia is a confident and controlled execution of what is actually an exuberant plan, and it does so while quietly integrating sustainable strategies.

Petronas Towers

Petronas Towers, Kuala Lumpur

Petronas Towers display a distinctive postmodern style, making it a 21st-century icon for Kuala Lumpur, and the symbol of Malaysia’s success.

Ping An Finance Center

Ping An Finance Center, Shenzhen

Ping An Finance Center is located in the city’s Futian District and represents a new generation of the prototypical Asian skyscraper: very tall, very dense, and hyper-connected.

Plaza 66

Plaza 66, Shanghai

A commercial and office complex, consisting of a shopping mall and two skyscrapers, Plaza 66 is home to a mix of retail, entertainment, and extensive below-grade parking areas.

SOCAR Tower

SOCAR Tower, Baku

SOCAR Tower has a free formed shape to follow the basic design concept but uses segmented elements based on the local infrastructure and constructability.

Shanghai Tower

Shanghai Tower, Shanghai

As the third tower in the trio of supertall buildings at the heart of Shanghai’s new Lujiazui Finance and Trade Zone, Shanghai Tower embodies a new prototype for tall buildings.

Shirley Ryan AbilityLab

Shirley Ryan AbilityLab, Chicago

A rehabilitation center, this building was designed with accessibility in mind, featuring windows in every patient room, and built in lifting tracks to assist those practicing walking.

Signature Tower Jakarta

Signature Tower Jakarta, Jakarta

The regular form of the tower, with notched corners, provides a straight forward and efficient planning platform for tenants to utilize.

Soyak Tower

Soyak Tower, Istanbul

Soyak Kristal Kule is a high-rise office tower project located in Levent, the main commercial district of Istanbul.

Taipei 101

Taipei 101, Taipei

The world's tallest building from 2004 to 2010 has since reinvented itself with a renovation that achieved LEED Platinum making it one of the world's greenest skyscrapers.

The New York Times Building

The New York Times Building, New York City

The New York Times Building is a 1.5-million-SF, 52-story building on Eighth Avenue in Manhattan, anchoring the west side of the redevelopment of Times Square.

UN Secretariat Building

UN Secretariat Building, New York City

The UN Secretariat symbolizes Modern architecture but required a renovation to bring technology and space into the current era.

VIA 57 WEST

VIA 57 WEST, New York City

West57 is a hybrid between the European perimeter block and a traditional Manhattan high-rise development that includes over 24,000 sq. ft. of landscaped outdoor space.

Villas in the Sky

Villas in the Sky, Riyadh

Villas in the Sky is situated in the King Abdullah Financial District in Riyadh; the tower is also connected to skywalks, footbridges, and the Wadi Hanifa.

Wilshire Grand Center

Wilshire Grand Center, Los Angeles

Winner of a CTBUH 2019 Structural Engineering Award of Excellence, this mixed-use building upon completion, has the highest open-air bar in the Western Hemisphere.

About Thornton Tomasetti

Thornton Tomasetti provides engineering design, investigation and analysis services to clients worldwide on projects of every size and level of complexity. They are a 100% employee-held organization of 1,200 engineers, architects, sustainability practitioners and support professionals collaborating from offices across North America and in Asia-Pacific, Europe, Latin America and the Middle East. They focus on providing a diverse suite of integrated services and leading innovation in our industry to ensure the continued success of their clients.

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Thornton Tomasetti at CTBUH

CTBUH New York Presents: What Lies Beneath

1 May 2019, Event Report – Seventy attendees gathered for the CTBUH New York Chapter‘s seminar on seismic…

CTBUH New York Holiday Party

CTBUH New York Holiday Party

5 Dec 2018, Event Report – The CTBUH New York Chatper kicked off the holiday season with a fun, spirited party…

Seismic Design Working Group Meets at 2018 Conference

Seismic Design Working Group Meets at 2018 Conference

20 Oct 2018, Event Report – The CTBUH Performance-Based Seismic Design Working Group reconvened at the CTBUH…

Thornton Tomasetti at CTBUH

CTBUH New York Presents: What Lies Beneath
1 May 2019, New York City – Event Report
Seventy attendees gathered for the CTBUH New York Chapter‘s seminar on seismic design, hosted at Langan’s New York office.
CTBUH New York Holiday Party
5 Dec 2018, New York City – Event Report
The CTBUH New York Chatper kicked off the holiday season with a fun, spirited party and celebration of a successful year.
Seismic Design Working Group Meets at 2018 Conference
20 Oct 2018, Dubai – Event Report
The CTBUH Performance-Based Seismic Design Working Group reconvened at the CTBUH 2018 Middle East Conference in Dubai to outline an approach for updating their 2017 technical guide.
CTBUH Trustees Convene in Dubai
20 Oct 2018, Dubai – Event Report
The CTBUH Board of Trustees met for the second time in 2018, just prior to the 2018 Middle East Conference, to undertake high level discussions on the Council's future.
Record Numbers Convene at 2018 Leaders Meeting
20 Oct 2018, Dubai – Event Report
CTBUH Leaders convened on Day 1 of the 2018 Middle East Conference for updates on the year's developments and to plan for 2019.
CTBUH New York Chapter Hosts: Data-Smart Cities
20 Sep 2018, New York City – Event Report
The CTBUH New York Chapter hosted a panel discussion on smart cities, the key systems that harvest data for planners, designers, policy makers and the general public.
Talking Tall: Engineering a Better Future
27 Jul 2018, Chicago – CTBUH Journal Paper
In the 2018 CTBUH Journal Issue III, Aine Brazil, Vice Chairman, Thornton Tomasetti, talks about her career highlights in high-rises and the support for more women in engineering.
CTBUH Atlanta Hosts Tall Timber Panel Event
26 Jul 2018, Atlanta – Event Report
CTBUH Atlanta recently held an evening of panel presentations that addressed some of the challenges and opportunities associated with designing mass timber structures.
CTBUH Leaders Meet at Annual Awards Event
1 Jun 2018, Chicago – Event Report
The first 2018 Leaders Meeting brought together CTBUH leaders from around the world to provide mid-year updates on the Council's major initiatives.
CTBUH Board of Trustees Travels to Hawaii
22-24 Mar 2018, Honolulu – Event Report
The CTBUH Trustees from Chicago, New York, London, Mumbai, and Hong Kong gathered to attend the main annual Trustees meeting.
CTBUH Seismic Working Group Workshop Talks Industry Developments
29 Oct 2017, Sydney – Event Report
During the CTBUH 2017 Conference, the CTBUH Seismic Working Group Workshop welcomed a handful of industry experts to discuss the latest advances in performance-based seismic design.
Master's Thesis Challenge
28 Aug 2017, Chicago – CTBUH News
CTBUH is launching a new academic initiative, empowering Master's-level architecture students to research new possibilities in rope-less elevator technology.
CTBUH Rope-Less, Non-Vertical Elevators Team Holds Second Meeting
23 Jun 2017, Rottweil – Event Report
The second meeting of the research team involved in “A Study on the Design Possibilities Enabled by Rope-Less, Non-Vertical Elevators” was held in Rottweil, Germany.
CTBUH Germany Hosts Symposium on Technical Innovation
22 Jun 2017, Rottweil – Event Report
CTBUH Germany held a symposium to discuss the role of technical and technological innovation and its effect on the various disciplines within the construction industry.
CTBUH Joins Chicago Seminar on Mass Timber Buildings
8 Jun 2017, Chicago – Event Report
CTBUH joined a CCHRB seminar on "The Heavy Timber High Rise: Building Tall with Wood in the 21st Century," focused on new applications of wood as a structural material.
CTBUH Italy Co-Hosts the 7th Tall Buildings Conference in Milan
7 Jun 2017, Milan – Event Report
CTBUH Italy co-hosted the seventh edition of the one-day International Tall Buildings Conference held in Milan, which focused on various challenges of tall buildings.
CTBUH Executive Director Honored as ENR Newsmaker
13-14 Apr 2017, New York City – Event Report
CTBUH Executive Director Antony Wood was recognized by ENR as one of the "Top 25 Newsmakers of 2016," attending an event in New York to receive his honor.
CTBUH Certifies Lotte Tower as Fifth Tallest Building Worldwide
4 Apr 2017, Seoul – CTBUH-Related News
CTBUH has recognized the completion of Lotte World Tower, now the fifth tallest building worldwide at 555 meters.
Ping An Finance Center Now Fourth Tallest Building in the World
27 Mar 2017, Shenzhen – CTBUH-Related News
CTBUH has certified the completion of Ping An Finance Center. At 599 meters it is the tallest building in Shenzhen, second tallest in China, and fourth tallest worldwide.
Torre Paseo Colón 2 Signboard Ceremony
25 Mar 2017, San José – Event Report
CTBUH joined Torre Paseo Colón 2 officials in unveiling the commemorative signboard designating Torre Paseo Colón 2 as the tallest building in Costa Rica.
First CAF-CTBUH Lecture Series Draws Crowd, Rave Reviews
16 Mar 2017, Chicago – Event Report
The CTBUH, in conjunction with the Chicago Architecture Foundation (CAF), held the first of the four-part “Building Tall” lecture series at the CAF lecture hall.
CTBUH Board of Trustees Set the Agenda for 2017
16 Oct 2016, Shenzhen – Event Report
The Board of Trustees held their second meeting of the year in conjunction with the 2016 Conference to discuss the Council’s plans for 2017.
CTBUH 2016 Conference Gold Sponsor
16-21 Oct 2016 – Conference Sponsor
Cities to Megacities: Shaping Dense Vertical Urbanism takes place progressively across three Chinese cities: Shenzhen, Guangzhou, and Hong Kong.
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.
Shanghai Tower Signboard Ceremony
13 May 2016, Shanghai – Event Report
CTBUH joined Shanghai Tower officials in unveiling the commemorative signboard designating Shanghai Tower as the tallest building in China.
CTBUH Philadelphia: Creating Real Estate Out of Thin Air
3 May 2016, Philadelphia – Event Report
The CTBUH Philadelphia Committee hosted speakers at the Hayworth Showroom in Philadelphia to discover how the development at 30th Street Station can be made a reality.
CTBUH NYC YPC: Spring Social at BIG
7 Apr 2016, New York City – Event Report
CTBUH New York Young Professional Committee held their annual Spring Social event at Bjarke Ingels Group's New York Office on April 7, 2016.
YPC: 2015 Achievements and Event Success
16 Mar 2016, New York City – Event Report
CTBUH YPC held their first meeting of 2016 on March 16 at the offices of SOM to discuss the success of the past events and plans for future initiatives.
Educational Outreach Program
12 Feb 2016, New York City – Event Report
CTBUH YPC kicked off their educational outreach initiative with a mentorship program at Pratt Institute, to teach students how to unlock synergistic potential in their designs.
Performance and Behavior of Tall Buildings for Wind Loads
13 Jan 2016, New York City – Event Report
CTBUH YPC hosted an event on wind engineering and understanding its effects on tall buildings as well as to provide insight into the engineering efforts in design of shorter buildings.
Insights and Innovations - The First 3D Printed Office Building
16 Dec 2015, Chicago – Event Report
CTBUH Chicago held a presentation that introduced current research and advances in the field of 3D printed building design.
Decoding NYC High Rise Building Codes
15 Dec 2015, New York City – Event
CTBUH YPC organized a presentation and panel discussion for Decoding NYC High Rise Building Codes to discuss some of the major enhancements to the 2014 NYC Codes
Computational Design Technology
19 Nov 2015, New York City – Event Report
CTBUH YPC hosted a presentation and panel discussion focused on the current computational technology tools used today in architecture and how collaboration is enhanced in the profession
CTBUH 14th Annual Awards Executive Table Sponsor
12 Nov 2015, Chicago – Awards Event
The CTBUH 14th Annual awards ceremony and dinner was held immediately after the daytime Symposium in nearby S.R. Crown Hall.
Los Angeles Regional Tour
29-30 Oct 2015, Los Angeles – Tour Report
CTBUH 2015 delegates toured Los Angeles buildings of many renown architects including Frank Lloyd Wright, Frank Gehry, Renzo Piano, Richard Meier, and Rudolph Schindler.
CTBUH 2015 New York Conference Gold Sponsor
26-30 Oct 2015, New York City – Conference Sponsor
After a post-recession hiatus in tall building construction in many countries lasting several years, numerous cities are again resurgent.
432 Park Avenue: Design and Engineering
15 Oct 2015, New York City – Event Report
Presentations of the architectural and engineering design of 432 Park Avenue, the tallest residential building in the Western Hemisphere.
VIA 57 West: Challenging Building Form and Urban Development
9 Jul 2015, New York City – Event Report
At the Bank of America Tower in New York City, more than 200 professionals attended “VIA 57 West: Challenging Building Form and Urban Development in Manhattan.”
The 4th Biannual IACIE Conference for Structural Engineers
11 May 2015, Tel Aviv – Event Report
CTBUH led a session at the 4th Conference for Structural and Bridge Engineering organized by IEACI at the Dan Panorama hotel.
YPC New York Presents Pioneering Megatall: Ping An Finance Center
15 Apr 2015, New York City – Event Report
The inaugural CTBUH New York City Chapter event, held at the offices of Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates, showcased the rising Ping An Finance Center.
CTBUH Co-Hosts Iuav International Tall Buildings Conference
21 Nov 2014, Venice – Event Report
The 5th Iuav International Conference on Tall Buildings was held in Venice, organized by Elena Giacomello and Dario Trabucco of CTBUH.
CTBUH 13th Annual Awards Executive Table Sponsor
6 Nov 2014, Chicago – Awards Event
The CTBUH 13th Annual awards ceremony and dinner was held immediately after the daytime Symposium in nearby S.R. Crown Hall.
CTBUH Representatives Accompany Saudi Visit to Qatar, UAE
Oct 2014 – Tour Report
Henning Larsen Architects have been commissioned to design a sizable new headquarters building for a key Saudi organization and visited similar projects in Qatar and UAE.
Suzhou Regional Tour Report
20-21 Sep 2014, Suzhou – Tour Report
The tour started at Suzhou Zhongnan Center and continued to one of the two International Fortune Plaza towers, which had just had its topping-out ceremony the day prior.
Building Management and Operation Workshop, Shanghai 2014
16 Sep 2014, Shanghai – Event Report
The workshop “Building Management and Operation” shed light on the critical period of a building’s life after the designs have been submitted and the ribbons have been cut.
CTBUH 2014 Shanghai Conference Silver Sponsor
16-19 Sep 2014, Shanghai – Conference Sponsor
The survival of humanity relies on a radical repositioning of our cities to develop them beyond a collection of disparate icons, towards a vision of a Sustainable Vertical Urbanism.
CTBUH Brazil Launches Chapter in Joint Event
8 Apr 2014, São Paulo – Event Report
With over 60 guests in attendance, the Brazil chapter held its inaugural event “Toward Sustainable Verticalism” at the Millennium Convention Center.
International Journal of High-Rise Buildings Vol. 3 No. 1
Mar 2014, Seoul – CTBUH Publication
The International Journal of High-Rise Buildings, Volume 3: Number 1 includes 8 papers focusing on pure research content and investigations in tall building design.
YPC Roundtable Discussion: Hackable Cities and Work in the City
27 Feb 2014, Chicago – Event Report
The Young Professionals Committee hosted a discussion which introduced the concept of "hacking" the built environment to create pragmatic, yet dynamic, augmentations to the city.
CTBUH 12th Annual Awards Executive Table Sponsor
7 Nov 2013, Chicago – Awards Event
The CTBUH 12th Annual awards ceremony and dinner was held immediately after the afternoon Symposium in nearby S.R. Crown Hall.
CTBUH Leaders Tour Ping An Tower
18 Oct 2013, Shenzhen – Tour Report
Executive Director Antony Wood and Trustee David Malott were treated to a high-octane tour of the under-construction Ping An Financial Center tower by its developer’s CEO.
Young Professionals Tour Medical Tower Under Construction
12 Sep 2013, Chicago – Tour Report
The CTBUH’s Young Professionals Committee was treated to a tour of the under-construction Northwestern Medicine Outpatient Care Pavilion.
Activity at the CTBUH London Conference: Day One
11 Jun 2013, London – Conference Activity Report
See the highlights from the first day of the CTBUH 2013 London Conference including the Opening Plenary and Conference Dinner.
CTBUH 2013 London Conference Silver+ Sponsor
11-13 Jun 2013, London – Conference Sponsor
In the midst of two decades of unprecedented tall building development globally, Europe has increasingly embraced the skyscraper, even in cities seen as “anti-tall.”
Young Professionals Committee Hosts Shanghai Tower Presentation
22 May 2013, Chicago – Event Report
The designers of Shanghai Tower presented to a capacity crowd at the Chicago Architecture Foundation May 22, at an event hosted by the Young Professionals Committee.
Leading Structural Firms Help the Council on LCA Research
Feb 2013, Chicago – CTBUH Research Report
Twelve of the world’s best-known structural engineering firms helped the CTBUH Research Team to perform a fundamental part of its LCA research project.
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.
CTBUH 11th Annual Awards VIP Table Sponsor
18 Oct 2012, Chicago – Awards Event
The CTBUH 11th Annual awards ceremony and dinner was held immediately after the afternoon Symposium in nearby S.R. Crown Hall.
PT Gistama Intisemesta and PDW Architects Present on The Signature Tower
21 Sep 2012 – Conference Video and PPT
This presentation discusses the reasons behind the selection of the structural systems, as well as the use of advanced structural analyses and design methods, including Performance-Based Design which considering the risk-targeted MCE levels of…
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.
Shanghai Congress News Day Congress: Day One
19 Sep 2012, Shanghai – Conference Activity Report
See the highlights from the first day of the CTBUH 2012 Shanghai Congress including the Opening Plenary and VIP Reception.
International Journal of High-Rise Buildings Vol. 1 No. 3
Sep 2012, Shanghai – CTBUH Publication
The International Journal of High-Rise Buildings, Volume 1: Number 3 includes 10 papers focusing on pure research content and investigations in tall building design.
International Journal of High-Rise Buildings Vol. 1 No. 1
Mar 2012, Seoul – CTBUH Publication
The International Journal of High-Rise Buildings, Volume 1: Number 1 includes 7 papers focusing on pure research content and investigations in tall building design.
CTBUH 10th Annual Awards VIP Table Sponsor
3 Nov 2011, Chicago – Awards Event
The CTBUH 10th Annual awards ceremony and dinner was held immediately after the afternoon Symposium in nearby S.R. Crown Hall.
Three International Finance Center Tour Report
11 Oct 2011, Seoul – Tour Report
Three International Finance Center was one of an incredible eight 250 meter-plus projects that are under construction in Seoul and the site for a technical tour.
CTBUH 2011 Seoul Conference Silver Sponsor
10-12 Oct 2011, Seoul – Conference Sponsor
This conference aimed to shed new light on the meaning and value of tall buildings in the rapidly growing city of Seoul, from the perspectives of green, safety, and humanity.
2011 CTBUH Leaders Meeting
9 Oct 2011, Seoul – Event Report
Tall building industry leaders from around the globe met at the seminal Dongbu Financial Center tower for the 2011 CTBUH Leaders Meeting.
CTBUH Makes New Leader Appointments
14 Sep 2011, Chicago – CTBUH News
The Council is pleased to announce the appointment of two new members to the Board of Trustees, Dennis Poon and Steve Watts, and one appointment to the Advisory Group, John D. Nipaver.
CTBUH 9th Annual Awards Executive Table Sponsor
21 Oct 2010, Chicago – Awards Event
The CTBUH 9th Annual awards ceremony and dinner was held immediately after the afternoon Symposium in nearby S.R. Crown Hall.
CTBUH 8th Annual Awards Executive Table Sponsor
22 Oct 2009, Chicago – Awards Event
The CTBUH 8th Annual awards ceremony and dinner was held immediately after the afternoon Symposium in nearby S.R. Crown Hall.
CTBUH 2009 Chicago Conference Silver Sponsor
22-23 Oct 2009, Chicago – Conference Sponsor
Tall Buildings have enjoyed two decades of unprecedented development. That position is now under threat from the twin challenges of global climate change and a severe recession.
CTBUH 7th Annual Awards Executive Table Sponsor
20 Nov 2008, Chicago – Awards Event
The CTBUH 7th Annual awards ceremony and dinner was held immediately after the afternoon Symposium in nearby S.R. Crown Hall.
CTBUH 6th Annual Awards Table Sponsor
25 Oct 2007, Chicago – Awards Event
The CTBUH 6th Annual awards ceremony and dinner was held immediately after the afternoon Symposium in nearby S.R. Crown Hall.
CTBUH 5th Annual Awards Dinner Sponsor
26 Oct 2006, Chicago – Awards Event
The CTBUH 5th Annual awards ceremony and dinner was held in S. R. Crown Hall, located on the Illinois Institute of Technology campus.
CTBUH 4th Annual Awards Contributor
18 Oct 2005, New York City – Awards Event
The CTBUH 4th Annual awards ceremony and dinner was held in the Astor Ballroom of the New York Marriott Marquis Hotel.
CTBUH 3rd Annual Awards Dinner Table Sponsor
17 Nov 2004, Chicago – Awards Event
The CTBUH 3rd Annual awards ceremony and dinner was held in S. R. Crown Hall, located on the Illinois Institute of Technology campus.
CTBUH 2nd Annual Awards Dinner Gold Sponsor
16 Oct 2003, Chicago – Awards Event
The CTBUH 2nd Annual awards ceremony and dinner was held in S. R. Crown Hall, located on the Illinois Institute of Technology campus.

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Dennis Poon

Dennis Poon

CTBUH Board of Trustees, 2011 – 2018
New York City, United States

Joseph Burns

Joseph Burns

CTBUH Advisory Group, 2011 – 2013
Chicago, United States

C.T. Tam

C.T. Tam

CTBUH Chapter Board Member, 2017 – Present
Hong Kong, China

CTBUH Leaders at Thornton Tomasetti

Dennis Poon

Dennis Poon

CTBUH Board of Trustees, 2011 – 2018
New York City, United States

Joseph Burns

Joseph Burns

CTBUH Advisory Group, 2011 – 2013
Chicago, United States

C.T. Tam

C.T. Tam

CTBUH Chapter Board Member, 2017 – Present
Hong Kong, China

Yi Zhu

Yi Zhu

CTBUH China Awards Technical Jury, 2016

Guoyong (Paul) Fu

Guoyong (Paul) Fu

CTBUH Expert Peer Review Committee, 2014 – Present
New York City, United States

Saul Moreno

Saul Moreno

CTBUH Young Professionals Committee, Chicago, 2014 – 2017
Chicago, United States

Hi Sun Choi

Hi Sun Choi

CTBUH Working Group: Outrigger Design, 2011 – 2012
New York City, United States

Leonard Joseph

Leonard Joseph

CTBUH Working Group: Outrigger Design, 2011 – 2012
New York City, United States

John Viise

John Viise

CTBUH Working Group: Building Damping Technologies, 2015 – 2018
Chicago, United States

Arthur Wellington

Arthur Wellington

CTBUH Working Group: Legal, 2015 – 2017
Chicago, United States

Wolfgang Werner

Wolfgang Werner

CTBUH Working Group: LCA of Structural Systems, 2013 – 2015
New York City, United States

Robert Smilowitz

Robert Smilowitz

CTBUH Working Group: Progressive Collapse, 2009 – 2012
New York City, United States

Jeffrey Callow

Jeffrey Callow

CTBUH Annual Conference, Presenter, 2018
New York City, United States

Peter DiMaggio

Peter DiMaggio

CTBUH Annual Conference, Presenter, 2018
New York City, United States

Kyle Krall

Kyle Krall

CTBUH Annual Conference, Presenter, 2018
Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Diarmuid Kelleher

Diarmuid Kelleher

CTBUH Annual Conference, Presenter, 2019
Chicago, United States

John Peronto

John Peronto

CTBUH Annual Conference, Presenter, 2018
Chicago, United States

Qing (Steve) Zou

Qing (Steve) Zou

CTBUH Annual Conference, Presenter, 2012
New York City, United States

Alejandro Fernandez

Alejandro Fernandez

CTBUH Annual Conference, Session Chair, 2018
Chicago, United States

Richard Tomasetti

Richard Tomasetti

CTBUH Annual Conference, Session Chair, 2012
New York City, United States

Christopher Bresloff

Christopher Bresloff

CTBUH Annual Conference, Steering Committee, 2018
Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Aine Brazil

Aine Brazil

CTBUH Annual Conference, Steering Committee, 2015
New York City, United States

Tanya de Hoog

Tanya de Hoog

CTBUH Annual Conference, Steering Committee, 2013
London, United Kingdom

Gary Hart

Gary Hart

CTBUH Journal, Editorial Board, 2008 – 2014
Santa Monica, United States

Paul Fu

Paul Fu

CTBUH Innovation Conference, Speaker, 2019
New York City, United States

Charles Thornton

Charles Thornton

CTBUH Fazlur R. Khan Lifetime Achievement Award, 2012
New York City, United States

Matthew Huizinga

Matthew Huizinga

CTBUH IJHRB Research Journal, 2017
Chicago, United States

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CTBUH Resources Involving Thornton Tomasetti

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.

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Award of Excellence

China Award Winner

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Five Minutes with: Aine Brazil

17 Sep 2018 – Monthly Video Series
Aine Brazil, Thornton Tomasetti

Shaping Skylines Through Engineering Innovation

30 May 2018 – CTBUH 2018 Chicago Tall + Urban Conference
Aine Brazil, Thornton Tomasetti

Flyover of The Finance Centre in Taguig City, Philippines

21 Aug 2017 – Other Videos
Daiichi Properties

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Engineering a Better Future

Jul 2018 – CTBUH Journal 2018 Issue III
Aine Brazil, Thornton Tomasetti

Technical Considerations for Akhmat Tower

Apr 2018 – CTBUH Journal, 2018 Issue II
Alejandro Stochetti, Sara Beardsley & Marc Cerone, Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture; John Peronto, Thornton Tomasetti

The Ultra-Modern FKI Tower

Dec 2017 – International Journal of High-Rise Buildings Volume 6 Number 4
John Peronto, Thornton Tomasetti

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Videos

Five Minutes with: Aine Brazil
17 Sep 2018 – Monthly Video Series; Aine Brazil, Thornton Tomasetti
Aine Brazil, Vice Chairman, Thornton Tomasetti, sat down with CTBUH to discuss her 40-plus year career creating internationally acclaimed high-rises across the world.
Shaping Skylines Through Engineering Innovation
30 May 2018 – Presentation at CTBUH 2018 Chicago Tall + Urban Conference; Aine Brazil, Thornton Tomasetti
Aine M. Brazil is a leading structural engineer who has been instrumental in shaping the skylines of cities across the globe. In her 40-plus year career, she has been responsible for the design and construction of some of the most significant high-…
Flyover of The Finance Centre in Taguig City, Philippines
21 Aug 2017 – Other Videos; Daiichi Properties
An aerial view of The Finance Centre in Taguig City, Philippines, while the building was topped out in 2017.
How High Can We Go? (Highlight)
16 Mar 2017 – Building Tall Skyscraper Lecture Series; Antony Wood, CTBUH; Richard Tomasetti, Thornton Tomasetti; Ian Smith, thyssenkrupp; Gordon Gill, Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture
Thursday, March 16, 2017. Chicago, United States of America. Hosted in collaboration with the Chicago Architecture Foundation, the first event in the Building Tall lecture series featured presentations by Antony Wood of CTBUH; Richard Tomasetti of…
Building Tall Skyscraper Lecture Series: How High Can We Go?
16 Mar 2017 – Building Tall Skyscraper Lecture Series; Antony Wood, CTBUH; Richard Tomasetti, Thornton Tomasetti; Ian Smith, thyssenkrupp, Gordan Gill, Adrain Smill + Gordon Gill Architecture
Thursday, March 16, 2017. Chicago, United States of America. Hosted in collaboration with the Chicago Architecture Foundation, the first lecture of the series Building Tall features presentations by Antony Wood of CTBUH; Richard Tomasetti of…
Mega Size Mixed-Use Projects: Redefining Vertical Urbanism
17 Oct 2016 – Presentation at CTBUH 2016 China Conference; Dennis Poon, Thornton Tomasetti
Monday October 17, 2016. Shenzhen, China. Dennis Poon of Thornton Tomasetti, presents at the 2016 China Conference Session 4c: Structural & Geotechnic Engineering. As the draw to urban centers increases drastically with financial growth and global…
Structural & Geotechnic Engineering Q&A
17 Oct 2016 – Presentation at CTBUH 2016 China Conference; William O'Donnell, DeSimone Consulting Engineers; Dennis Poon, Thornton Tomasetti; SawTeen Seen, Leslie E. Robertson Associates
Monday, October 17, 2016. Shenzhen, China. William O'Donnell, DeSimone Consulting Engineers; Dennis Poon, Thornton Tomasetti; SawTeen Seen, Leslie E. Robertson Associates, answer questions at the end of the 2016 China Conference Session Session 4c:…
Designing a Non-coplanar Exoskeleton Supertall Tower that Transforms the Skyline of Chengdu
26 Oct 2015 – Presentation at CTBUH 2015 New York Conference; Dennis Poon, Thornton Tomasetti
The city of Chengdu is quickly becoming the center for high-rise development in southwest China. The focal point of this new vertical landscape will be the Chengdu Greenland project with its 468-meter mixed-use main tower. The tower’s complex…
2015 New York Conference - Session 2a - Q&A
26 Oct 2015 – Presentation at CTBUH 2015 New York Conference; Panel Questions & Answers
Jong-Ho Kim, Chang Minwoo Structural Consultants; William Howell, Turner International; and Dennis Poon, Thornton Tomasetti, answer questions at the end of 2015 New York Conference Session 2a: Technological Advances in Asia.
Structural Design Challenges of Zhongnan Center
18 Sep 2014 – Presentation at CTBUH 2014 Shanghai Conference; Yi Zhu & Paul Fu, Thornton Tomasetti
This presentation will give an overview of the following solutions used to address the structural challenges of the Zhongnan Center: a foundation to support the heavy tower on soft soils, an efficient lateral system, a floor system that meets…
Unique Aspects of Shanghai Tower
18 Sep 2014 – Presentation at CTBUH 2014 Shanghai Conference; Yi Zhu, Thornton Tomasetti
In order to construct an unprecedented building like the Shanghai Tower, creative structural solutions are required in order to distribute loads evenly and optimize the building’s lateral systems. The tower’s innovative and economically efficient…
Designing a Supertall for the Venice of China
17 Sep 2014 – Presentation at CTBUH 2014 Shanghai Conference; Dennis Poon & Guoyong (Paul) Fu, Thornton Tomasetti
In this presentation, attendees will learn about the unique structural elements that support Suzhou Zhongnan Center, including the “Core-Outrigger-Megaframe” lateral system; the foundation system, which helps support the massive tower and control its…
Ping An IFC: Economical & Efficient Solutions
17 Sep 2014 – Presentation at CTBUH 2014 Shanghai Conference; Dennis Poon, Thornton Tomasetti
With the completion of the 500m+ Ping An Finance Center, our era presents the question of whether traditional structural systems and design approaches are still applicable, and whether new design tools can improve the performance and sustainability…
2014 Shanghai International Conference - Ping An Tower Room, Session 2 - Q & A
17 Sep 2014 – Presentation at CTBUH 2014 Shanghai Conference; Panel Questions & Answers
2014 Shanghai International Conference Ping An Tower Room, Session 2 Questions & Answers session with speakers Dennis Poon, Thornton Tomasetti, Yuqi Zhou, CSCEC1B, and Yinghou He, City University of Hong Kong.
High-Rise Harmony – Legal Issues Unique to Tall Buildings
16 Sep 2014 – Presentation at CTBUH 2014 Shanghai Conference; Victor Madeira Filho, MVA Advogados; Arthur Wellington, Thornton Tomasetti
This article aims to discuss the construction of tall buildings in both emerging and established urban centers, highlighting aspects related to large urban centers and raising the points of impact from such constructions in the cities. Since there is…
2014 Shanghai International Conference - Technical Workshop 01 - Q & A
16 Sep 2014 – Presentation at CTBUH 2014 Shanghai Conference; Panel Questions & Answers
2014 Shanghai International Conference Technical Workshop 01 Questions & Answers session with speakers Matthew Clifford, JLL; Cathy Yang, Taipei Financial Center; Jason Haase, LMN Architects; Victor Madeira Filho, Madeira Valentim & Alem Advogados;…
Interview: Dennis Poon
16 Sep 2014 – 2014 Shanghai Conference Interviews; Dennis Poon, Thornton Tomasetti
Dennis Poon of Thornton Tomasetti is interviewed by Chris Bentley during the 2014 CTBUH Shanghai Conference at the Jin Mao Tower. Dennis discusses the evolution of structural engineering from the start of his career to today.
Does it make economic sense to continue to make buildings taller?
Aug 2013 – Monthly Video Series; Richard Keating, Jacobs; Stefan Krummeck, TFP Farrells; David Scott, Laing O’Rourke; Richard Tomasetti, Thornton Tomasetti; Vincent Tse, Parsons Brinckerhoff; Cathy Yang, Taipei Financial Center Corpo
Industry leaders answering this question include: Richard Keating, Jacobs; Stefan Krummeck, TFP Farrells; David Scott, Laing O’Rourke; Richard Tomasetti, Thornton Tomasetti; Vincent Tse, Parsons Brinckerhoff; and Cathy Yang, Taipei Financial Center…
Session 2: What Contributes Most to Sustainability in Tall Buildings?
11 Jun 2013 – Presentation at CTBUH 2013 London Conference; Dennis Poon, Neville Glanville, Klaus Lother & David Malott
The next generation of tall buildings will be judged on more than sheer height or aesthetic appearance. In the context of sustainability, they will also be judged on more than just their energy consumption. They will be judged on their contribution…
What Techniques Will Define Next Generation Tall Buildings?
May 2013 – Monthly Video Series; Aybars Asci, SOM; Gianni Bardazzi, Maire Tecnimont; Peter Chipchase, Arup; Henry Cobb, Pei Cobb Freed & Partners; Helmut Jahn, Murphy/Jahn; Yansong Ma, MAD Architects; et al
Industry leaders answering this question include: Gianni Bardazzi, Maire Tecnimont; Peter Chipchase, Arup; Henry Cobb, Pei Cobb Freed; Helmut Jahn, Murphy/Jahn; Hafid Rakem, Ateliers Jean Nouvel; Massimo Roj, Progetto CMR; Mark Sarkisian, SOM;…
What are the Predominant Motivations for Building Tall in the 21st Century?
Apr 2013 – Monthly Video Series; Richard Keating, Jacobs; Stephan Krummeck, TFP Farrells; David Scott, Laing O’Rourke; Richard Tomasetti & Dennis Poon, Thornton Tomasetti; et al
Industry leaders answering this question include: Richard Keating, Jacobs; Stephan Krummeck, TFP Farrells; Dennis Poon, Thornton Tomasetti; David Scott, Laing O’Rourke; Richard Tomasetti, Thornton Tomasetti; Vincent Tse, Parsons Brinckerhoff; and…
What is the Key to Making Modern Tall Buildings "Liveable"?
Feb 2013 – Monthly Video Series; What is the Key to Making Modern Tall Buildings "Liveable"?; Helmut Jahn, Murphy/Jahn; Christoph Ingenhoven, Ingenhoven Architects; Richard Tomasetti, Thornton Tomasetti; Ma Yansong, MAD Architects; Henry Cobb, Pei Cobb Freed; et al
Industry leaders answering this question include: Aybars Asci, SOM; Peter Chipchase, Arup; Henry Cobb, Pei Cobb Freed; Christoph Ingenhoven, ingenhoven architects; Helmut Jahn, Murphy/Jahn; Peter Oborn, Aedas; Richard Tomasetti, Thornton Tomasetti;…
CTBUH 11th Annual Awards Dinner
18 Oct 2012 – CTBUH "11th Annual Awards"; Dinner 2012
The 11th Annual Awards Ceremony & Dinner was held in Mies van der Rohe's iconic Crown Hall, on the Illinois Institute of Technology campus, Chicago. The 2012 "Best Tall Building Overall" award went to Doha Tower in Doha, Qatar. The first Tall…
Fazlur Kahn Lifetime Achievement Medal: A Lifetime’s Engineering Collaboration
18 Oct 2012 – CTBUH "11th Annual Awards"; Charles Thornton & Richard Tomasetti, Thornton Tomasetti
The partnership between Charles Thornton and Richard Tomasetti has provided the backbone for many of the most dramatic and innovative tall buildings around the world. Their legacy includes Taiwan’s Taipei 101, the Petronas Towers in Malaysia and the…
The Signature Tower: Reaching High in the Sky of Indonesia
21 Sep 2012 – Presentation at CTBUH 2012 9th World Congress, Shanghai; Sugeng Wijanto, PT Gistama Intisemesta; Tiyok Prasetyoadii, PDW Architects
This presentation discusses the reasons behind the selection of the structural systems, as well as the use of advanced structural analyses and design methods, including Performance-Based Design which considering the risk-targeted MCE levels of…
Ping An Finance Center: Pioneering China’s Tallest – Efficiencies of Form and Structures
20 Sep 2012 – Presentation at CTBUH 2012 9th World Congress, Shanghai; David Malott, KPF; Dennis Poon, Thornton Tomasetti
Upon completion in 2015, the Ping An Finance Center will join an elite group of megatall buildings. This presentation discusses using the Ping An Finance Center and other buildings as examples of how the optimization of building shape impacts…
Wuhan Greenland Center Main Tower: Seamlessly Integrating Structure and Architecture
20 Sep 2012 – Presentation at CTBUH 2012 9th World Congress, Shanghai; Guoyong Fu & Mark Dannettel, Thornton Tomasetti; Juan Betancur, AS+GG
On track to become the 7th tallest building in the world, Wuhan Greenland Center Main Tower is a 125-story, 600+ meter megatall tower in China. The project’s structural system has been developed to harmonize with the architecture as an integrated…
Structural Design Challenges of Shanghai Tower
19 Sep 2012 – Presentation at CTBUH 2012 9th World Congress, Shanghai; Yi Zhu & Steve Zuo, Thornton Tomasetti
The team behind Shanghai Tower faced a number of unique structural challenges which required innovative solutions in the design and construction of the 632m-tall tower. In this presentation we learn of some of these challenges and solutions,…
Track 2: Shanghai Tower in Detail Q & A
19 Sep 2012 – Presentation at CTBUH 2012 9th World Congress, Shanghai; Panel Questions & Answers
Panel consisting of: Jun Xia & Michael Peng, Gensler; Yi Zhu & Steve Zuo, Thornton Tomasetti; Jiemin Ding, Tongji Architectural Design Group; and Jian Gong, Shanghai Construction Group take questions from delegates.
Design & Engineering Considerations for Cable-Supported Glass Structures
Oct 2011 – Presentation at CTBUH 2011 Seoul Conference; Mark Dannettel, Thornton Tomasetti
Mark Dannettel from Thornton Tomasetti presents on designing for cable-supported glass structures.
The Challenges for Supertall Building Structural Design and Sustainability Issues
Oct 2011 – Presentation at CTBUH 2011 Seoul Conference; Dennis CK Poon, Thornton Tomasetti
Upon completion in 2014, the Ping An Tower will be the tallest tower in China, and the centerpiece of the growing Shenzhen skyline located just a few minutes north of Hong Kong. Implementing LEED requirements for design, construction and life cycle…
Outrigger System Design Guide from CTBUH Outrigger Working Group to be Released
Oct 2011 – Presentation at CTBUH 2011 Seoul Conference; Hi Sun Choi, Thornton Tomasetti
As outrigger systems have been widely used in supertall building design since 1980's, CTBUH recognized a need for general design guidelines and formed the Outrigger Working Group. The working group has developed the first-ever outrigger system design…
Tall and Supertall Buildings: Structure and Skin Performance
5 Feb 2010 – Presentation at CTBUH 2010 Mumbai Conference; Joe Burns, Thornton Tomasetti
There are many challenges and opportunities in designing the structure and skin of high performing tall buildings. Examples from different regions highlight responses to wind effects, building movements and tolerances. BIM Modeling is a new tool to…
Interview: Chicago Spire
22 Oct 2009 – 2009 Chicago Conference Interviews; Richard Tomasetti, Thornton Tomasetti
Richard Tomasetti of Thornton Tomasetti is interviewed by Jeff Herzer during the 2009 CTBUH Chicago Conference at Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago. Richard talks about the engineering behind the 2,000 foot tall Chicago Spire design.
Chicago Spire: Technical Twisting and Turning
22 Oct 2009 – Presentation at CTBUH 2009 Chicago Conference; Richard Tomasetti, Thornton Tomasetti
For the best part of a decade, Asia eclipsed the U.S. as the leader in the world’s tallest buildings. In the mid-2000s, however, a number of U.S. cities once again proposed supertall buildings in a bid to rebrand U.S. skylines and encourage urban…
Session 1 - Chicago: City of Big Shoulders Q & A
22 Oct 2009 – Presentation at CTBUH 2009 Chicago Conference; Panel Questions & Answers
The Session S1 speaker panel consisting of: Eric Trump & Andy Weiss, The Trump Organization, New York; William Testa, Vice President, Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago; and Richard Tomasetti, Founding Principal, Thornton Tomasetti, Inc., New York, took…
A Statement in Steel: The New York Times Building
5 Mar 2008 – Presentation at CTBUH 2008 8th World Congress, Dubai; Thomas Z. Scarangello, Kyle E. Krall & Jeffrey A. Callow, Thornton Tomasetti
Kyle E. Krall, Thornton Tomasetti presented some of the challenges driven by aesthetic, erection, and fabrication considerations of the exterior steel of the New Yotk Times building at the CTBUH 8th World Congress in Dubai. One of the principal…
Tall Buildings: Sustainable Design Opportunities
3 Mar 2008 – Presentation at CTBUH 2008 8th World Congress, Dubai; Akbar Tamboli, Thornton Tomasetti
Akbar Tamboli from Thornton Tomasetti, focused on the incorporation of sustainable structural designs at the CTBUH 8th World Congress. The three major tall buildings he discussed were the Taipei 101, Taiwan; the Petronas Towers, Malaysia; and the…
Progressive Collapse: Report on Council Working Group Activities
25 Oct 2006 – Presentation at CTBUH 2006 Chicago Conference; Craig Gibbons, Arup; Rob Smilowitz, Weidlinger
Bob Smilowitz, Weidlinger and Craig Gibbons, Arup present the Report of the Council Working Group Activities on 'Progressive Collapse' at the opening session of the CTBUH 2006 Chicago Conference held in Herman Hall Illinois Institute of Technology.

Papers/Research

Engineering a Better Future
Jul 2018 – CTBUH Journal 2018 Issue III; Aine Brazil, Thornton Tomasetti
Aine Brazil, Vice Chairman, Thornton Tomasetti, is the recipient of the 2018 CTBUH Fazlur R. Khan Medal. Through a 40-plus-year career, she has been responsible for the design and construction of some of the most significant high-rise buildings in…
Technical Considerations for Akhmat Tower
Apr 2018 – CTBUH Journal, 2018 Issue II; Alejandro Stochetti, Sara Beardsley & Marc Cerone, Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture; John Peronto, Thornton Tomasetti
The 435-meter Akhmat Tower in Grozny, Chechnya, Russia, will be shaped to refer to the Nakh tower, a traditional watchtower typology in the region. A four-sided, pyramidal shape interacts gracefully with an eight-sided geometry at the base. The mixed…
The Ultra-Modern FKI Tower
Dec 2017 – International Journal of High-Rise Buildings Volume 6 Number 4; John Peronto, Thornton Tomasetti
A modern and highly-sustainable addition to the skyline of Seoul, South Korea has been completed; the Federation of Korean Industries Headquarters (FKI). The signature saw-toothed exterior wall of the 245-meter tall tower and the contrasting smooth…
Frontiers in High-Rise Outrigger Design
8 Aug 2017 – CTBUH Journal, 2017 Issue III; Hi sun Choi & Leonard M. Joseph, Thornton Tomasetti; SawTeen See, Leslie E. Robertson Associates; Rupa Garai, Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP
In 2012, CTBUH published the first Outrigger Design for High-Rise Buildings Technical Guide. In 2016, the CTBUH Outrigger Working Group felt it would be beneficial to update the design guide with variations of outrigger systems and tall building…
Ten Significant Tall Buildings, and the Significant Women Behind Them
8 Aug 2017 – CTBUH Journal, 2017 Issue III; Leading Women in Tall Buildings
Recently, there has been a growing and overdue recognition in the architecture discipline that women are under-represented, not just in terms of leadership positions held, but also in terms of receiving credit for the work they have done. The tall…
River Beech Tower: A Tall Timber Experiment
20 Apr 2017 – CTBUH Journal, 2017 Issue II; Jeff Sanner & Todd Snapp, Perkins+Will; Alejandro Fernandez, Thornton Tomasetti; et al.
The Chicago River Beech Tower is a collaborative research effort with the goal of identifying challenges and opportunities associated with designing increasingly tall mass timber structures. This paper represents the team’s findings to date on these…
Vertical Shortening Considerations in the 1 km Tall Jeddah Tower
Mar 2017 – International Journal of High-Rise Buildings Volume 6 Number 1; John Peronto, Robert Sinn & Matthew Huizinga, Thornton Tomasetti
Jeddah Tower will be the first man-made structure to reach a kilometer in height upon its completion in 2019. From conception, it was clear that an all-concrete superstructure would present many advantages for a building of such unprecedented height…
Mega Size Mixed-Use Projects: Redefining Vertical Urbanism
17 Oct 2016 – Cities to Megacities: Shaping Dense Vertical Urbanism; Dennis Poon & Larry B. Giannechini, Thornton Tomasetti
As the draw to urban centers increases drastically with financial growth and global influence, emerging markets seek to develop salient markers of success and hope. This paper explores the trend of defining an icon with a mixed-use development, and…
Designing a Bamboo Shaped Suptertall Tower in Hefei
17 Oct 2016 – Cities to Megacities: Shaping Dense Vertical Urbanism; Guoyong Fu, Dennis Poon, Yi Zhu & Zheng Gui Ma, Thornton Tomasetti
The Evergrande International Financial Center, located in Binhu New Area CBD in Hefei, Anhui Province, China, consists of one iconic108-story, 518m tall tower, one single story podium with 23.3m roof height, and one 4-story basement. The unique tower…
Structural Challenges with the SOCAR Tower in Baku, a New Megacity in the Caspian Region
17 Oct 2016 – Cities to Megacities: Shaping Dense Vertical Urbanism; Hi Sun Choi & Onur Ihtiyar, Thornton Tomasetti, Inc.; Young Kyoon Jeong & Hyungsup Sim, Heerim Architects & Planners
Baku, the capital of Azerbaijan, has been rapidly transforming into a hub of high-rise buildings and cultural centers in the Caspian region. Baku’s population now accounts for more than 40 percent of the nation. With the 2012 opening of the new…
Wilshire Grand: Outrigger Designs and Details for a Highly Seismic Site
Mar 2016 – International Journal of High-Rise Buildings Volume 5 Number 1; Leonard M. Joseph, C. Kerem Gulec, and Justin M. Schwaiger, Thornton Tomasetti
The 335 m tall Wilshire Grand Center tower under construction in Los Angeles illustrates many key outrigger issues. The tower has a long, narrow floor plan and slender central core. Outrigger braces at three groups of levels in the tower help provide…
Designing a Non-coplanar Exoskeleton Supertall Tower that Transforms the Skyline of Chengdu
26 Oct 2015 – Asia & Australasia: A Selection of Written Works on the World's Tall Building Forefront; Dennis Poon, Yi Zhu, Paul Fu & Jianhai Liang, Thornton Tomasetti
The city of Chengdu is quickly becoming the center for high-rise development in southwest China. The focal point of this new vertical landscape will be the Chengdu Greenland project with its 468-meter mixed-use main tower. The tower’s complex…
The Vertical Master Plan
26 Oct 2015 – Global Interchanges: Resurgence of the Skyscraper City; Temoor Ahmad & Neven Sidor, Grimshaw Architects; Steve Watts, Alinea Consulting; Adam Miller, Thornton Tomasetti
With over half of the world’s population now living in an urban environment, major world cities (especially) will always grow in population over time. To avoid city sprawl, urban densification will be required. This will need to happen at a steadier…
A Methodological Shift in Building Design through Development of Collaborative Design Platforms
Dec 2014 – International Journal of High-Rise Buildings Volume 3 Number 4; Jonatan Schumacher and Matthew Naugle, Thornton Tomasetti
This paper introduces two platforms created by the development team at CORE studio, Thornton Tomasetti's global innovation studio. Collaborative platforms change the way that parties communicate and develop projects. The platforms introduced in this…
High-Rise Harmony – Legal Issues Unique to Tall Buildings
16 Sep 2014 – CTBUH 2014 Shanghai Conference Proceedings; Victor Madeira Filho, MVA Advogados; Arthur D. Wellington, Thornton Tomasetti
This article aims to discuss the construction of tall buildings in both emerging and established urban centers, highlighting aspects related to large urban centers and raising the points of impact from such constructions in the cities. Since there is…
Two-In-One Tower: An Expansion in Typology and Technology in Hanoi
16 Sep 2014 – CTBUH 2014 Shanghai Conference Proceedings; Matthias Olt, Callison; Hi Sun Choi, Thornton Tomasetti
Standing 267m tall, Lotte Center Hanoi is Vietnam’s second tallest tower and set to open this summer. Innovative high-rise design solutions were incorporated that respond to the cultural, environmental, and technical challenges of tall construction…
Designing a Megatall for Lateral Stability and Settlement
16 Sep 2014 – Suzhou Zhongnan Center: In Detail; Dennis Poon, Yi Zhu, Guoyong (Paul) Fu & Zhenggui Ma, Thornton Tomasetti
As a megatall building, Suzhou Zhongnan Center will need an efficient lateral system to withstand high wind and seismic loads. A unique “Core-Outrigger-Megaframe” lateral system is used for Zhongnan Center to meet China’s code requirements. The…
Unique Structural Design Aspects
16 Sep 2014 – Shanghai Tower: In Detail; Yi Zhu, Dennis Poon, Qing (Steve) Zuo & Paul Fu, Thornton Tomasetti Inc.
This chapter discusses the unique structural solutions for the 632m tall Shanghai Tower. An innovative “Core-Outrigger-Mega Frame” lateral system is adopted to meet China’s conservative code requirements for lateral stiffness and member capacities to…
Economical & Efficient Structural Solutions
16 Sep 2014 – Ping An Finance Center: In Detail; Dennis Poon, Yi Zhu, Steve Pacitto & Steve Zuo, Thornton Tomasetti Inc.
With the completion of the Ping An Finance Center (PAFC) in 2016, one of the tallest towers in China and the world will be unveiled. As more and more tall buildings exceeding 500 meters are designed, we are entering a new age of megatall buildings…
Structural Design Challenges
16 Sep 2014 – Suzhou Zhongnan Center: In Detail; Yi Zhu, Dennis Poon, Paul Fu & Zhenggui Ma, Thornton Tomasetti
Built on soft soils, Suzhou Zhongnan Center relies on concrete bored piles with post-grouting to support the massive tower. An efficient lateral system, namely the “Core-Outrigger-Megaframe” system, provides enough lateral stiffness and strength to…
Overview of Seismic Loads and Application of Local Code Provisions for Tall Buildings in Baku, Azerbaijan
Mar 2014 – International Journal of High-Rise Buildings Volume 3 Number 1; Hi Sun Choi, Onur Ihtiyar & Leonard Joseph, Thornton Tomasetti; James Sze, Arup
Baku, the capital of Azerbaijan, has seen a boom in construction in recent years. The old Baku city has been rapidly transforming into a new hub of high-rise buildings and lively cultural centers hosting the Euro Vision Song Contest in 2012 and…
Kingdom Tower: A New Icon for Saudi Arabia
Sep 2012 – CTBUH 2012 9th World Congress, Shanghai; Talal Al Maiman, Kingdom Real Estate
Kingdom Tower - expected to be the world’s tallest building, at over 1,000 meters, when completed in 2017 in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia is outlined in this paper including the project’s history, the competitive process that led to the selection of the…
The Signature Tower: Reaching High in the Sky of Indonesia
19 Sep 2012 – CTBUH 2012 9th World Congress, Shanghai; Sugeng Wijanto, Gistama Intisemesta; Tiyok Prasetyoadi, PDW Architects; Dennis Poon, Thornton Tomasetti; Wayan Sengara, Institut Teknologi Bandung-Indonesia
This presentation discusses the reasons behind the selection of the structural systems, as well as the use of advanced structural analyses and design methods, including Performance-Based Design which considering the risk-targeted MCE levels of…
Wuhan Greenland Center Main Tower: Seamlessly Integrating Structure and Architecture
Sep 2012 – CTBUH 2012 9th World Congress, Shanghai; Guoyong Fu, Dennis Poon & Mark Dannettel, Thornton Tomasetti; Juan Betancur, Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture
Wuhan Greenland Center Main Tower is a 125-story, 600+ meter mega-tower in China. The tower structural system has been developed to harmonize with the architecture as an integrated whole to maximize efficiency and enhance safety. The distinctive…
Ping An Finance Center: Pioneering China’s Tallest – Efficiencies of Form and Structures
Sep 2012 – CTBUH 2012 9th World Congress, Shanghai; David Malott & Zhizhe Yu, KPF; Dennis Poon & Torsten Gottlebe, Thornton Tomasetti
Upon completion in 2015, the Ping An Finance Center - set to become the second tallest structure in the world and the tallest in China - will join an elite group of megatall buildings. As today’s super tall buildings become taller and more complex,…
Structural Design Challenges of Shanghai Tower
Sep 2012 – CTBUH 2012 9th World Congress, Shanghai; Yi Zhu, Dennis Poon, Steve Zuo & Guoyong Fu, Thornton Tomasetti
This paper discusses the structural challenges and solutions of the 632m tall Shanghai Tower. A unique “Core-Outrigger-Mega Frame” lateral system is used to meet China code requirements. The exterior perimeter Mega frame provides additional stiff…
Outrigger System Design Considerations
Sep 2012 – International Journal of High-Rise Buildings Volume 1 Number 3; Hi Sun Choi and Leonard Joseph, Thornton Tomasetti
Outrigger systems have been widely used in supertall buildings constructed since the 1980’s, eclipsing previously favored tubular frame systems. However, outriggers are not listed as a seismic lateral load resisting system in any code. Design…
Anything Goes?
Mar 2012 – International Journal of High-Rise Buildings Volume 1 Number 1; Dennis Poon and Leonard Joseph, Thornton Tomasetti
When Cole Porter wrote the song “Anything Goes” in 1934, he did not include skyscraper examples. The recently completed Chrysler and Empire State buildings followed decades of tall building development in a logical and predictable line. Today,…
The High-rise as a Retirement Community
Aug 2010 – CTBUH Journal, 2010 Issue III; Bridget Lesniak & Robert Neper, Perkins + Will; Donald Hamlin, Thornton Tomasetti
As cities are becoming denser, the functions of high-rises are expanding. In addition, the central business district is no longer the exclusive region of the high-rise form.
Case Study: Shanghai Tower
Apr 2010 – CTBUH Journal, 2010 Issue II; Jun Xia, Gensler; Dennis Poon, Thornton Tomasetti; Douglas C. Mass, Cosentini Associates
As the third tower in the trio of supertall buildings at the heart of Shanghai’s new Lujiazui Finance and Trade Zone, Shanghai Tower embodies a new prototype for tall buildings. The 121-story mixed-use tower offers a sustainable way of living in…
Tall Buildings: Sustainable Design Opportunities
Mar 2008 – CTBUH 2008 8th World Congress, Dubai; Akbar Tamboli, Leonard Joseph, Umakant Vadnere & Xiao Xu, Thornton-Tomasetti Group
This paper describes three major tall buildings focusing on their incorporation of sustainable structural designs.
A Statement in Steel: The New York Times Building
Mar 2008 – CTBUH 2008 8th World Congress, Dubai; Thomas Z. Scarangello, Kyle E. Krall & Jeffrey A. Callow, Thornton Tomasetti
This paper will outline some of these challenges, focusing on those driven by aesthetic, erection, and fabrication considerations of the exterior steel used on the New York Times Building.
Manhattan’s Mixed Construction Skyscrapers with Tuned Liquid and Mass
Oct 2005 – CTBUH 2005 7th World Congress, New York; Akbar Tamboli, Thornton-Tomasetti Group
This paper presents important details, layout, design considerations, commissioning, operation guidelines and benefits of the Tuned Liquid Column Dampers (TLCDs), water-filled custom-shaped tanks, used at Random House Tower. These details can provide…
Multihazard Design of Tall Buildings
Oct 2005 – CTBUH 2005 7th World Congress, New York; Gregory C. Freeman, Joong C. Lee & Mohammed M. Ettouney, Weidlinger Associates
This paper presents several applications of multihazard considerations for tall buildings. Three realistic examples are given. The first example explores the interaction of building resiliencies as it resists different hazards (wind and progressive…
Structural Design of Taipei 101, the World's Tallest Building
Oct 2004 – CTBUH 2004 Seoul Conference; Dennis C. K. Poon & Leonard M. Joseph, Thornton Tomasetti; Shaw-Song Shieh & Ching-Chang Chang, Evergreen Consulting Engineering
This paper examines the structural design of the Taipei 101 tower, 101 stories and 508 m above grade, was the newest World’s Tallest Building at the time this paper was written.
Structural Design of the Tallest Concrete Tower in Korea, the # Star City
Oct 2004 – CTBUH 2004 Seoul Conference; Hi Sun Choi & Dennis Poon, Thornton Tomasetti; Jongho Kim, Chang & Minwoo Structural Consultant; Seongsoo Kim, Seong-Jin Structural Group
Residential high-rise buildings, such as apartments and condominiums, were introduced to provide multiple residential spaces in urban and suburban areas for their economic advantage and convenience for commuting to urban business districts.
The Dongbu Securities Headquarters Building
Oct 2004 – CTBUH 2004 Seoul Conference; Joong C. Lee & Gregory Freeman, Weidlinger Associates
The Dongbu Securities Headquarters Building in Daichi-Dong, Seoul is a dynamic interplay of interlocked, canted forms that fold into each other in a response to neighboring buildings. The 37-story, 37,316-square meter structural steel office tower…
Living Tall Buildings
Oct 2004 – CTBUH 2004 Seoul Conference; Gary C. Hart, Chukwuma G. Ekwueme, Stephanie A. King & Anurag Jain, Weidlinger Associates
This paper introduces a new approach to the structural design of buildings. The approach involves in-depth and sophisticated structural engineering analyses that provide reliable estimates of building performance during future severe winds and…
Protective Design: Saving Lives Through Structural Engineering
May 2003 – CTBUH Journal, Spring 2003; Tod Rittenhouse & Robert Smilowitz, Weidlinger Associates Consulting Engineers
In recent years the engineering community has had to consider new design criteria, the terrorist explosive threat. Whether developing new or renovation projects, protective design and dynamic analysis has become part of the structural engineering…
Kidney Stones and The Structural Design of Tall Buildings
Feb 2001 – CTBUH 2001 6th World Congress, Melbourne; Gary C. Hart, Weidlinger Associates
Structural Engineers are professionals in this “high tech” age just like doctors. They work for clients that really have no technical training or experience to evaluate their work except when the dreaded Kidney Stone, or the Design Basis Earthquake…
The Tallest Concrete Building in Shanghai, China – Plaza 66
Feb 2001 – CTBUH 2001 6th World Congress, Melbourne; Richard L. Tomasetti, Dennis Poon & Ling-en Hsaio, Thornton Tomasetti
Plaza 66 is the latest addition to the skyline of Shanghai, China; with a height of 281.5 meters, it’s the tallest concrete building in the city. This project embodies the challenges of building in a seismic and typhoon area with poor foundation…

Thornton Tomasetti Tall Building Facts

150m+ Buildings 92 Completed24 Under Constr.
300m+ Buildings 13 Completed6 Under Constr.
Average Building Age 16 Years
Most Common Function office, 61 Buildings
Most Common Material Concrete, 43 Buildings
Building Functions
 
Building Materials
 

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

Tall Buildings Involving Thornton Tomasetti

1   Jeddah Tower 2021 1000 m Jeddah
2   Shanghai Tower 2015 632 m Shanghai
3   Ping An Finance Center 2017 599 m Shenzhen
4   Evergrande International Financial Cente… 2021 518 m Hefei
5   TAIPEI 101 2004 508 m Taipei
6   Wuhan Greenland Center - 476 m Wuhan
7   Chengdu Greenland Tower 2021 468 m Chengdu
8   Petronas Twin Tower 1 1998 452 m Kuala Lumpur
9   Petronas Twin Tower 2 1998 452 m Kuala Lumpur
10   30 Hudson Yards 2019 387 m New York City
  Completed   Arch. Topped Out   Struct. Topped Out   Under Constr.
1   Jeddah Tower 2021 1000 m Jeddah
2   Signature Tower Jakarta 2025 638 m Jakarta
3   Shanghai Tower 2015 632 m Shanghai
4   Ping An Finance Center 2017 599 m Shenzhen
5   Jinan IFC Landmark Tower - 518 m Jinan
6   Evergrande International Financial Cente… 2021 518 m Hefei
7   TAIPEI 101 2004 508 m Taipei
8   Wuhan Greenland Center - 476 m Wuhan
9   Chengdu Greenland Tower 2021 468 m Chengdu
10   FORZA Tower - 460 m Bogota
  Completed   Struct. Topped Out   Under Constr.   Proposed

The building list and facts show buildings involving BRZ-Experts, Lev Zetlin Associates, Thornton Tomasetti, Weidlinger Associates