Skidmore, Owings & Merrill's Burj Dubai Surpasses the Height Of America's Tallest Building

May 04, 2007, 01:00 ET from Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP

    CHICAGO, May 4 /PRNewswire/ -- Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP (SOM)
 today announced that the construction of SOM Chicago designed Burj Dubai,
 designed as the world's tallest building, has just surpassed the height of
 the Sears Tower, which is currently America's tallest building at 1,450 ft.
 also designed by SOM. The actual height of the Burj Dubai, located in
 Dubai, United Arab Emirates, is still a secret but will be above 2,300 ft.
 and will surpass the current world's tallest building record holder, Taipei
 101, in July later this year.
     George Efstathiou, Managing Partner for the project in the SOM Chicago
 office said, "It is difficult to visualize the height of a building this
 scale. The only way to understand the height is to imagine Sears Tower with
 the Hancock Center stacked on top of it. It is exciting for SOM to be a
 part of a monumental architecture project that will exceed all records."
     Efstathiou added, "Both Chicago and Dubai have similar beginnings.
 Chicago rose out of the prairie and Dubai is rising out of the desert. Both
 cities have architecturally rich backgrounds and their skylines feature
 tall buildings. Burj Dubai will become synonymous with Dubai as Sears and
 Hancock have with Chicago."
     The Burj Dubai will be the center of a large scale, mixed-use
 development comprised of residential, commercial, hotel, entertainment,
 shopping and leisure outlets with open green spaces, water features,
 pedestrian boulevards, a shopping mall and a tourist-oriented old town. The
 design of the tower combines historical and cultural influences with
 cutting-edge technology to achieve a high-performance building. Its massing
 is manipulated in the vertical dimension to induce maximum vortex shedding
 and minimize the impact of wind on the tower's movement.
     Upon completion, the Burj Dubai will be the tallest building in the
 world in all four categories recognized by the Council on Tall Buildings
 and Urban Habitat (CTBUH), which compiles and ranks the world's tallest
 buildings. CTBUH ranks buildings on the basis of spire height, the highest
 occupied floor, roof height and pinnacle height.
     About SOM Chicago
     Founded in 1936, Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP is one of the world's
 leading architecture, urban design, engineering, and interior architecture
 firms. SOM's sophistication in building technology applications and
 commitment to design quality has resulted in a portfolio that features some
 of the most important architectural accomplishments of the 20th century.
 Examples include the Sears Tower and John Hancock Center in Chicago; Jin
 Mao Tower in Shanghai; Canary Wharf in London; the Washington Mall and
 Constitution Gardens in Washington D.C.; and the Lever House in New York
 City. Currently, the firm maintains offices in Chicago, New York, San
 Francisco, Los Angeles, Washington DC, London, Hong Kong and Shanghai.

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