Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat
CTBUH Participates in the China Zun Forum, a Symposium
on Construction and Operation for Tall Buildings

Friday, 22 June 2018

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Over 200 delegates attended the China Zun forum to discuss how the tower could serve as a model for international best practices.

BEJING, June 22 – CTBUH participated in the China Zun Forum, the first portion of which was the Symposium on Construction and Operation for Tall Buildings. The event was organized by CTBUH and co-organized by CITIC HEYE Investment CO., LTD., BOMA, and CITAB. Nearly 200 delegates attended the event.

The aim of the forum was to explore how the China Zun tower (also known as the Citic Tower) exemplifies best practices and can serve as an innovative model for the international tall building industry. The first part of the discussion covered international standards and practices that were advanced during the development and construction of the Citic Tower.

CTBUH Executive Director Antony Wood gave a presentation during the forum that explored future trends and current challenges for the tall building industry. Wuren Wang, Vice President and General Manager, CITIC, explains how CITIC applied ECPO (Engineering Construction Procurement Operation) to China Zun.

In his speech, CTBUH Executive Director Antony Wood described the challenges faced by high-rise buildings globally, and explored future trends through several best practice case studies.

Wuren Wang, General Manager, CITIC, stated that, combined with the EPC, (Engineering Procurement Construction) which is a general contracting management method of the international construction industry, CITIC pioneered the use of ECPO (Engineering Construction Procurement Operation) for China Zun. ECPO is an intelligent management module that applies across lifecycle engineering, and supports the management of planning, design, construction, procurement and operation.


Robert Whitlock, Design Partner, Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates (KPF), was one of the primary speakers during the Symposium. KPF, along with TFP Farrells and the Beijing Institute of Architectural Design, were project architects.

CTBUH Beijing representative Peng Liu, Director, Arup (Shanghai), presents during the Symposium on the Operation and Construction of Tall Buildings. Arup served as Structural Engineers on China Zun.

Other major speakers also included: Junjie Zhang, CITAB Director; Weiping Shao, China Zun Chief Architect, BIAD Executive Architect; Robert Whitlock, Design Partner, KPFCTBUH Beijing Representative Peng Liu, Arup (Shanghai); Caikun Tang, China Zun Project Manager and General Contractor, Vice General Manager, China Construction Third Engineering Bureau Co.; Rui Ding, China Zun Project Manager and General Contractor, Secretary of the Party Committee and General Manager, China Construction Industrial & Energy Engineering, Big Project Company; Shilong Tao, BOMA China Vice President, Property Management Director, Tishman China District; Abe Hiroshi, Design and Technology Department Minister, Mori Building (Shanghai); Kai Wei, Ltd General Manager, China World Property & Hotel Management Co,.

Nengjun Luo, Director and Deputy General Manager, CITIC

At the end, Nengjun Luo, Citic Director and Deputy General Manager, CITIC, said that as of 2018, the construction of China Zun is at the final sprint stage of a marathon. The challenge from here on out is to provide a high-quality customer experience at China Zun during all future operations.

CTBUH Executive Director Antony Wood and Wuren Wang, Vice President and General Manager, CITIC.

CTBUH Executive Director Antony Wood and China Office Director & Academic Coordinator Dr. Peng Du on CITIC Tower.

The day before the event, CTBUH Executive Director Antony Wood and CTBUH China Office Director & Academic Coordinator Peng Du, visited CITIC and CITIC Tower (China Zun).

The interior space at roof-level on CITIC Tower.

CITIC Tower roof