Shanghai Tower: Overcoming complex design, construction challenges

04/30/2014 | Sourceable

This article outlines the challenges and solutions of building China's 121-story Shanghai Tower, which sits within a seismic zone that has clay-based soil and a windy climate. Innovative design, technology and tools all played roles in constructing the twisting tower with a dual-skinned facade. "We knew that if we tried to work in a traditional way, using traditional tools and delivery systems, it would be extremely difficult to carry out this project successfully," said Jianping Gu of Shanghai Tower Construction & Development, the owner/developer of the project. The structure is expected to be finished this year.

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