Client: Shanghai Tower Construction and Development Co. Ltd.
Parsons Brinckerhoff Role: Owner’s Engineer
Located adjacent to the Shanghai World Financial Center in the heart of Shanghai’s Luijiazui Finance and Trade Zone, the 128-story Shanghai Tower will be one of the world’s most sustainable and intelligent buildings when completed in 2014. At 2,073 feet (632 meters), it will be China’s tallest building and the world’s tallest commercial and hotel tower. Shanghai Tower will offer class-A office space, entertainment venues, high-end retail facilities, a conference center, a luxury hotel, and a range of cultural amenities.
As Owner’s Engineer, Parsons Brinckerhoff is responsible for all mechanical, electrical, plumbing, drainage, and vertical transportation systems for Shanghai Tower. Parsons Brinckerhoff recommended several innovative design alternatives to improve the overall efficiency of the building, and increase the amount of commercial space available. Improved plant space utilization was realized by adaptation of an alternative vertical transportation zoning plan, which freed up additional space for commercial use and increased the efficiency of the elevator and escalator system. Parsons Brinckerhoff’s work includes a review of other system options in pursuit of innovative design applications.