Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat

CTBUH Names 2013 Innovation Award Winners and Finalists

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July 9, 2013

Presented with an extremely strong set of submissions, the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat has named two winners of its 2013 Innovation Award. The highlighted innovations stand to revolutionize the technology, sustainability and efficiency of tall building construction and operation.

Broad Sustainable Building (BSB)
Prefabricated Construction Process
KONE UltraRope

The Broad Sustainable Building (BSB) Prefabricated Construction Process captured the industry’s attention when Broad Group constructed T30, a 30-story hotel building in 15 days in Changsha, China, using pre-assembled components.

KONE UltraRope is a new carbon-fiber hoisting technology, the weight and bending advantages of which effectively double the distance an elevator can travel in a single shaft – to 1,000 m (1 km).

The Innovation Awards will be presented at the CTBUH 12th Annual Awards Ceremony and Dinner at the Illinois Institute of Technology, November 7, in the iconic Crown Hall, designed by Mies van der Rohe. The CTBUH’s Best Tall Building regional winners, Lifetime Achievement winners, and 10-Year Award winner (still to be announced) will also be honored at the ceremony.

The jury was prompted to co-award UltraRope and the BSB Process because these two offerings epitomize the way innovative technologies work together to change how tall buildings are created and operated. The caliber and number of the innovation submissions presented to the jury is a testament to the industry’s relentless push not only to build higher, but to build better.

“The winners of the Innovation Award have expanded the range of what’s possible,” said Jeanne Gang, awards jury chair and principal of Studio Gang Architects. “These innovations forge a path for the next generation of tall buildings.”

The CTBUH Innovation Award comes from an independent review of technological submissions, judged by a panel of industry experts. This award recognizes a specific area of recent innovation in the tall building industry that has been incorporated into the design of, or significantly tested in, the construction, operation, or refurbishment of a tall building project. The areas of innovation can embrace any discipline, including but not limited to: technical breakthroughs, construction methods, design approaches, urban planning, building systems, façades, interior environment, etc.

The Council received more than 20 substantive entries from around the world for the Innovation awards.

Winners and finalists are featured in the annual CTBUH Awards Book, which is published in conjunction with a major global publisher and distributed internationally each year.

Innovation Award Winners:
KONE UltraRope
Broad Sustainable Building (BSB) Prefabricated Construction Process (used in T30, Changsha, China)

Innovation Award Finalists:
Megatruss Seismic Isolation Structure (used in Nakanoshima Festival Tower, Osaka, Japan)
Raster Façade Precast Concrete System (used in Tour Total, Berlin, Germany)
Rocker Façade Support System (used in Poly Corporation headquarters, Beijing, China)

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