Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat
CTBUH Leaders Tour Ping An Tower
October 18, 2013
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SHENZHEN As part of the support mission for the CTBUH 2014 Conference, CTBUH Executive Director Antony Wood and Trustee David Malott were treated to a high-octane tour of the under-construction Ping An Financial Center tower by its developer’s CEO, Tsang Wai Ming Thomas. Also joining was Mr. Lam Tit, the Structural Team Manager for Ping An.
Lam Tit, David Malott, Antony Wood, and Tsang Wai Ming Thomas on the current top floor of the Ping An Finance Center
The tour made its way to the highest level of completed steel on what will be China’s tallest building when it completes in 2016. On view were the extraordinarily heavy locator plates, rivets and outriggers that comprise the superstructure of the massive 660-meter tower. Lower down the tower, the massive concrete-encased composite columns completely encase the steel structure within, whereas higher up the tower, where the concrete pour has not yet reached, the massive steel sections are still exposed. The steel is welded or bolted in nearly every location, except where two diagonals intersect with a vertical column at the corners on level 15, where a giant cast piece is set in place.
Detail of the core and outer steel structure CEO Tsang Wai Ming Thomas with one of the corner cast elements, encased in concrete
As with many of the world’s most-significant building projects, Ping An is the culmination of a tremendous coordination effort, including architects Kohn Pedersen Fox and China Construction Design International, structural engineer Thornton Tomasetti, and wind consultants RWDI. The project was the subject of a detailed presentation by David Malott and Dennis Poon at the 2012 Shanghai Conference.

Ping An exemplifies the incredible pace and scale of construction in Shenzhen, a city of 10 million that was a modest provincial town before receiving an infusion of capital after its designation as a Special Economic Zone in 1979. It also exemplifies the “don’t-blink-or-you’ll-miss-it” tall-building climate in China in particular, and Asia generally, providing further rationale for CTBUH to return to China for the 2014 Conference.
The Ping An Finance Center construction site in October 2013