Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat
CTBUH New York Chapter Presents Pioneering Megatall:
Ping An Finance Center
April 15, 2015
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NEW YORK CITY – The inaugural event of the CTBUH Young Professionals Committee (YPC) – New York City Chapter was held at the offices of Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates (KPF) on April 15. The event began at 6:30 pm with a spirited networking session where guests had an opportunity to mingle and enjoy refreshments before the presentations began. The event was very well-attended, with more than 120 people. Among the many highlights of the event, CTBUH Chairman David Malott and CTBUH Trustee Dennis Poon presented on the exciting new Ping An Finance Center (PAFC) tower, which they have collaborated on for many years.
Attendees networking before the presentations.
The two co-chairs of the YPC, Ilkay Can-Standard (Architectural Designer, KPF) and Hardik Doshi (Structural Design Engineer, McNamara/Salvia) kicked off the presentation. They welcomed the attendees and gave a brief introduction to the YPC, discussed the overarching goals of the group, and mentioned future events. Next, CTBUH Executive Director Antony Wood spoke about Council membership and the upcoming CTBUH 2015 International Conference to be held in New York City in October. He then introduced the first speaker David Malott, CTBUH Chairman and Principal at KPF.
Co-chairs of YPC – New York, Ilkay Can-Standard, Architectural Designer, KPF and Hardik Doshi, Structural Design Engineer, McNamara/Salvia, giving an introduction.
Antony Wood, CTBUH Executive Director, speaking on Council membership and the upcoming international conference.
David Malott began his presentation discussing the Shanghai World Financial Center, and the International Commerce Centre in Hong Kong. Malott emphasized that tall building projects can be carried out more efficiently with the collaboration of architects and engineers, allowing for a more holistic approach to building design. He went on to explain the process of form optimization for Ping An Finance Center and its aerodynamic efficiency, concluding that bridging the gap between structural and architectural considerations helped optimize the final design and lower the embodied energy of the building.

Malott described the infrastructural context of the Ping An site and its effect on building design and connectivity to other tall towers. When comparing tall buildings in the United States, Europe, and Asia, he suggested that the tall building paradigm is being shifted to America with new supertall towers being built in New York City.
Finally, Dennis Poon, CTBUH Trustee and Vice Chairman of Thornton Tomasetti, elaborated on the structure of the Ping An Finance Center. Poon described the efficiency of the building’s structural system, and how it integrates with the architectural form. Dennis explained the gravity, wind, and seismic loading criteria of the tower and how to create a simple structural solution to withstand the severe wind conditions in Shenzhen, China. The structure of the megatall tower is a core wall-outrigger-mega-frame with a super diagonal system. The structural system can provide sufficient stiffness to the tower, while allowing for an efficient, open floor plate for office functions. The super diagonals and super columns also integrate with the tower façade nicely. Dennis concluded by outlining the analysis Thornton Tomasetti did for the tower and the current progress of its construction.
Ping An Finance Tower under construction
The YPC event concluded with a lively and informative Q&A session, which sparked thoughtful discussions on some of the themes covered in the presentations.
David Malott, CTBUH Chairman / KPF Principal, and Dennis Poon, CTBUH Trustee / Thornton Tomasetti Vice Chairman, answering attendee's questions.
Guy Hollingum Arup
Michelle Roelofs Arup
Pablo Vega-Behar Arup
David Brown BIG
Nagi Alamri CCNY
Huy Q. Ho Columbia University
Michael Schwenk Columbia University
Hardik Doshi CTBUH YPC Co-Chair / McNamara Salvia Structural Engineers
Marshall Gerometta CTBUH
David Malott CTBUH Chairman / KPF
Dennis Poon CTBUH Trustee / Thornton Tomasetti
Ilkay Standard CTBUH YPC Co-Chair / KPF
Antony Wood CTBUH
Yaser Mirzaei Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne
Dave Freedman Foster + Partners
Fatin Anlar FXFOWLE
Sara Davis FXFOWLE
David Wallance FXFOWLE
Alvaro Martinez Fernandez Gilsanz Murray Steficek
Ignacio Morón Gilsanz Murray Steficek
Scott Sternad GMS LLP
Karen Delgado Hart Howerton
Stephanie Hur HOK
Alanna Malone HOK
Matt Breitel Jaros, Baum & Bolles
Michelle DeCarlo Jaros, Baum & Bolles
Christopher Horch Jaros, Baum & Bolles
Eddy Roberts LERA
Benjamin Palagonia McNamara Salvia Structural Engineers
Carlos Ramos McNamara Salvia Structural Engineers
Nancy Yin NBBJ
John Cahill
Cheng-hsun Wu PPA
Can Cakmak Rafael Vinoly Architects
Cheng Gong Rafael Vinoly Architects
Runsheng Lin Rafael Vinoly Architects
Michele Mazaro Rafael Vinoly Architects
Hande Oney Rafael Vinoly Architects
Ankur Verma Verma Rafael Vinoly Architects
Xueting Wei Rafael Vinoly Architects
Arianne Kouri Robert A. M. Stern Architects
Leo Liu Robert A. M. Stern Architects
Jessie Turnbull Robert A. M. Stern Architects
Maren Luft Silman
Pankti Parikh Silman
Hie Jae Kim Syska Hennessy Group
Mark Yakren Syska Hennessy Group
Alexander Durst The Durst Organization
Larry Giannechini Thornton Tomasetti
Torsten Gottlebe Thornton Tomasetti
Simon Shim Thornton Tomasetti
Billy Tse Thornton Tomasetti
Matthew Makes Turner International
Sarah White Turner International
Theodoros Eleftheriou WSP Group
Motaz Elfahal WSP Group
Madelin Farias WSP Group
Jacob Lee WSP Group
Ramona Litan WSP Group
Joseph Provenza WSP Group
Luis Puna WSP Group
Ricardo Garavito
Elizabeth Geldres
Ha Min Joo
Xia Li
Devon Telberg
Malgorzata Wilson