Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat
 Shanghai World Financial Center Technical Tour
Congress Technical Tour

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See the report on the 9th World Congress Shanghai

September 20, 2012

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SHANGHAI - Delegates were able to walk from the Congress venue at the Grand Hyatt Jin Mao to the Shanghai World Financial Center, the current tallest building in China and one of Shanghai’s most recognizable landmarks. 
Construction on the 492-meter tower, best known for its bottle opener-like opening at the top, was finished in 2008. The 93rd floor of the Park Hyatt Shanghai, was the site of the Congress VIP reception, the night before the official start of the Congress, and attendees were offered exclusive access to the world’s highest observation deck.

The Congress tour was led by executives of Mori Building, the developers of the tower, who discussed the concept and development of the project’s architecture and design. More than 90 design engineers were on site during construction, as well as 20 design companies and 30 contractors, the group was told.

Representatives of Permasteelisa Group were also on hand to discuss the project’s unique curtain wall system.

The delegates were shown a typical office floor, as well as the forum space and other public areas.
Shanghai World Financial Center
“It was very interesting to see the typical office floor,” said CTBUH Tel Aviv City Representative Gil Shenhav, who joined a group that extended the tour by visiting the Park Hyatt.

The office floors provide large floor plans for tenants

Mori executives also explained the context for the development, which is part of a master-planned financial district of Pudong, and its sense of place.

“But its structure was also influenced by non-local events,” said CTBUH membership coordinator Carissa Devereux, who participated in the tour. “Following the Sept. 11 attacks, ‘mega brace’ structural systems were added to re-enforce the structure every 12 floors.”

Mori executives also emphasized the safety elements of the design. The whole project can be evacuated in two hours, delegates were told.

Delegates gather for a group photo at the world's highest observation deck
The final stop of the tour was the observation deck, provided spectacular views of Pudong and Shanghai.
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