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CTBUH Update -- April 2007

Dear Colleagues:

Once again this month’s newsletter is important in launching and updating on several new CTBUH initiatives, including the new-format of this newsletter itself, which is now in keeping with the html ‘tall building news’ monthly newsletter.

Plans for the 8th World Congress in Dubai are progressing well. We have appointed the MCI group as the local conference organizer and now make an official ‘call for papers’ (see below). We have established a dialogue with several keynote speakers who are of the highest caliber / profile internationally – this event promises to be a very key gathering internationally. It is expected that the conference website – enabling on-line registrations – will be launched by May’s newsletter in a month’s time so please watch out for that.

Please check out the new CTBUH website: www.ctbuh.org. A very special thanks goes to Charles Killebrew of Pickard Chilton for his effort in leading the redevelopment of the website. The new website is envisioned not only as a dynamic communication tool for the Council, but also as a primary international resource for technical information on tall buildings and urban habitat. This resource is available to all members to post any tall buildings papers they have written, that are not protected by copyright. Currently there are over 100 technical papers available for viewing or download with more on the way soon.

The ‘resources’ section of the website is a new initiative and has great potential for the Council to fulfill one of it’s key functions, which is the gathering and dissemination of information. If your organization can help with achieving this, please contact us at info@ctbuh.org. Other comments and suggestions on the website are very welcome and these and any papers that you would like to post should be sent to the same address.

The Council is also very pleased to announce a new collaboration with publisher John Wiley & Sons and editor Gary Hart on a CTBUH Annual Special Edition of the ‘Journal of Structural Design of Tall and Special Buildings’. This esteemed publication is one of the very few research / scholarly journals in existence internationally, and the intention is that the new special edition – to be published in December each year – will be multi-disciplinary, embracing the myriad aspects of tall building design and construction. Again, we issue a ‘call for papers’ for the inaugural edition of this journal special edition (see below).

Our membership continues to grow at all levels, and I am particularly pleased to welcome Samsung Engineering & Construction as a Sustaining Contributor, RWDI as a Contributor, Studio Gang as a Participant and new members Walsh Construction and Plannungsgruppe Droge Baade Nagaraj of Germany. More details below


David Scott

Chairman, CTBUH
Principal, Arup


Call for Papers: CTBUH 8th World Congress - “Tall & Green: Typology for a Sustainable Urban Future”
(Dubai, March 3-5, 2008)

The conference will focus on three themes: the Sustainable Design of Tall Buildings, Mega-projects and Tall, Articulated Towers. Papers are invited under the following categories, within the overall Tall Buildings themes listed above:


Sustainable Cities / Tall Buildings


Sustainable Engineering


Energy Use & Creation


Sustainable Construction & Materials


Super-tall Towers


Urban-scale Mega-Projects: ‘New’ Cities




Architecture / Urban


Structural Engineering


MEP Engineering


Construction & Materials


Fire & Safety


Financial Aspects


Other Issues

Papers addressing the conference theme should be submitted to CTBUH Executive Director, Antony Wood, at awood@ctbuh.org. Author guidelines on the paper formatting requirements, together with more detailed information on submissions, can be found via the Council website: www.ctbuh.org. Deadline for the Submission of Initial Papers is 30th September, 2007.

Any author wishing to receive feedback on the suitability of their paper for this congress prior to writing the full paper can submit an abstract to CTBUH Executive Director, Antony Wood, at awood@ctbuh.org. The abstract should be created in MS Word, be limited to one A4 page (approx. 300 words) and include the following:


clearly state the objectives of the proposed paper;


summarize the subject matter and the substantive issues it will raise;


state the conclusion(s) to be presented; and


contain a comment on how it would address one or more of the conference themes listed above.

Paper Submissions - Salient Dates

04.15.07: Call for Papers

09.30.07: Deadline for Submission of Initial Papers

10.30.07: Comments back from International peer-review board

12.31.07: Deadline for Submission of Final Papers for publication in Proceedings

03.03.08: Congress

Call For Papers: CTBUH special multi-disciplinary annual edition of the John Wiley journal – “The Structural Design of Tall and Special Buildings”

As advised last month, the CTBUH is pleased to announce its collaboration with this esteemed publication. The inaugural edition of the CTBUH special edition will be December 2007, and contain approximately 8-10 papers. If you would like your paper to be considered on any multi-disciplinary theme within the field of tall buildings, please submit an abstract outlining the objectives, subject matter and conclusions of the paper (maximum 1 page) to CTBUH Executive Director, Antony Wood, at awood@ctbuh.org.

Final papers should be in the region of 4000-6000 words in length, plus images. Detailed guidelines on the formatting of the paper – and previous issues of the Journal for reference – can be found here This website also gives guidance on document format, use of images etc. The deadline for receipt of the completed paper is 30th June 2007. Abstracts / enquiries should thus be sent soon. All papers will be peer-reviewed by at least two external experts internationally.

6th Annual CTBUH Awards Dinner, IIT, Chicago, 25 October 2007

As advised last month, the Council is seeking nominations for the 2007 Lynn S. Beedle Achievement Award, the Fazlur Rahman Khan Medal, and the two new awards being created this year – the Best Tall Building Award and the Best Sustainable Tall Building Award. Nominations should be sent to Awards Committee chair, Tim Johnson, at tjohnson@nbbj.com by no later than June 1, 2007. The list of past award recipients and criteria for all four awards can be found in the Awards section of the Council website: www.ctbuh.org

International Height Meeting, Thursday 24th May, IIT, Chicago

There are just 2 places left for organizational members who wish to nominate a representative to attend this important forum to discuss and define the criteria on which tall building height is measured. The following 28 members have already confirmed attendance. Those organizational members who wish to be involved are urged to contact us soon, via Antony Wood at awood@ctbuh.org. A new height committee will be formed out of selected attendees from the meeting, to rule on possible future contentious cases. For those listed below, a finalized agenda and other information on the meeting will be issued in the next two weeks.

Baldassarra, Carl Schirmer Engineering
Binder, Georges Buildings & Data SA
Brush, Natalie Halvorson & Partners
Burns, Joseph Thornton Tomasetti
Clawson, Kim Chicago Committee on High Rise Buildings
Collins, Alastair Davis Langdon LLP
Elnimeiri, Mahjoub Elnimeiri, Mahjoub IIT
Forbes, Jim Hyder Consulting / CTBUH, Previous Height Committee
Gerometa, Marshall CTBUH, Database
Heller, Jeffrey Heller Manus
Johansen, Cris Nakheel
Johnson, Tim NBBJ
Kery, Geri CTBUH, Manager of Operations
Kieckhefer, Daniel Emporis
Killebrew, Charles Pickard Chilton
Klemencic, Ron Magnusson Klemencic Engineers
Maibusch, William CTBUH Country Leader, Qatar
McCool, Tom Turner Construction
Reich, Jerry Horvath Reich CDC / CCHRB / CTBUH, Previous Height Committee
Reid, Charles Gale Corporation
Robertson, Donna IIT
Schendel, Mark Studio Gang
Scott, David CTBUH, Chairman
von Klemperer, Jamie KPF
Weismantle, Peter SOM
Wood, Antony CTBUH, Executive Director
Yi, Prof. Waon-Ho Architecture Institute of Korea
Zils, John CTBUH, Previous Height Committee

New Members

The Council is pleased to welcome Samsung Engineering & Construction as a new Sustaining Contributor of the Council. With a commitment to technological innovation, Samsung is one of Korea’s leading construction companies. http://www.secc.co.kr

The Council welcomes two new firms at the Participant level -- Plannungsgruppe Droge Baade Nagaraj and the Walsh Construction Company. Plannungsgruppe Droge Baade Nagaraj of Germany who are a multidisciplinary architectural and engineering design company http://dbn-sz.de

Walsh Construction Company is a general contracting, construction management and design-building firm, based in Chicago. Walsh Construction was established in 1898 and is considered one of the nation’s top 20 contractors. http://walshgroup.com

addition, the Council would like to thank Studio Gang Architects for increasing their support to the Contributor level. Chicago-based Studio Gang is a full service architecture firm committed to design excellence. http://www.studiogang.net

Increasing their membership to the Donor level is Rowan Williams Davies & Irwin Inc. Established in 1972, RWDI is recognized internationally as one of the leading wind engineering consulting services firms, offering a complete range of wind engineering, environmental air quality and noise management services. http://www.rwdi.com

The Top 25 Newsmakers of 2006

Congratulations to long-time CTBUH member Bill Baker, of Skidmore Owings & Merrill, on being named as one of ENR’s Top 25 Newsmakers of 2006. He is being given the honor as a result of his work on the structural system that will lead the Burj Dubai to become the next world’s tallest building

Symposium on Egress Stairs in High-Buildings.

CTBUH Executive Director Antony Wood will be speaking at May 15 “Symposium on Egress Stairs in High-Rise Buildings”, which will be held at the McGraw-Hill Auditorium in New York City. Hosted by the Architectural Engineering Institute of ASCE and the Ornamental Metal Institute of New York, the symposium will present ideas about proposed egress enhancements and related high-rise evacuation concepts in order to help evaluate their need and effectiveness given the realities of present day society. For additional information visit http://www.aeinstitute.org.

New Jobs Bulletin Service to CTBUH Members

We are frequently asked if we can help our members find experienced key staff who are experienced in tall buildings; ranging from architects and academics to engineers and project managers. For the next 6 months we are thus going to conduct this new ‘Jobs Bulletin’ part of the newsletter as a trial. Comments on the initiative are welcome

The service is for CTBUH members only, who are looking for staff. It should be noted that this is intended to advertise for key ‘tall building’ personnel, not for architectural / engineering / professional staff for offices generally. If your company would like to take advantage of this service, please send us a brief description of the role, no more than 100 words, location and who applicants should contact, to gkery@ctbuh.org. These positions will be listed on the CTBUH website for 6 months

Chair of Structural Fire Engineering - University of Edinburgh, UK

The position is for a new Chair for a Professor of structural fire engineering at Edinburgh University to work under the umbrella of the BRE Centre for fire safety engineering at Edinburgh. The Professor shall work with the existing Professor of fire safety engineering and the Professor of architecture technology to establish a clear design methodology where fire safety is fully integrated into the design process. This Chair has been sponsored in part by Bovis Lend Lease and Arup. For more details please contact barbara.lane@arup.com

Studio Design Manager - Woods Bagot – Dubai, UAE

Woods Bagot Dubai Studio is looking for a Senior Design Manager with Tall Tower experience to work on an exciting, high profile project planned for the middle east. We need a fully qualified Architect with 15+ years experience, impressive design skills and focused portfolio with experience in Hotels, Resorts and High End Residential design. Please submit your CV to rodxb@woodsbagot.com. Please see http://www.woodsbagot.com for more details.

Senior Structural Engineers, WSP Cantor Seinuk, New York, Los Angeles, USA

WSP CANTOR SEINUK has excellent opportunities for structural engineers experienced in the design and analysis of high rise structures. Exciting openings are available at Senior and Project Management levels in both our New York and Los Angeles offices. Our current high rise portfolio includes some of the most prestigious tall buildings in the world including the new Freedom Tower, WTC2 and WTC3 in New York, as well as Grand Avenue Phase One and LA Central in Los Angeles. Please e-mail or fax resume to: Human Resources at hr@wspcs.com

Structural Team Leader – Arup Boston, USA

Arup Boston have excellent opportunities for a Structural team leader, specializing in the design of tall buildings, for our Boston office. Minimum of 10 to 15 years with extensive tall building experience, PE preferred. If you are interested in this opportunity please email a detailed resume to paula.balfoort@arup.com. For general company details refer to http://www.arup.com


The Spring 2007 Fazlur Khan Lecture Series ends with a lecture by W. Gene Corley, Senior Vice President of the CTL Group, on “Learning from the Attacks on an American Icon – World Trade Center Building Performance Study”. All lectures are held in Lehigh University’s Sinclair Lab Auditorium, Bethlehem, PA, beginning at 4:10 pm. For additional information go to http://www.lehigh.edu/frkseries, or contact Leslie Ladick ljl2@lehigh.edu (610-758-6123).


The Skyscraper Museum 2007 Lecture Series on “Mixed Greens: Sustainable Skyscrapers Go Global” concludes with a lecture by Roger Frechette, Director of MEP Engineering at Skidmore Owings & Merrill, on the topic “Zero-Energy Tower, Guangzhou”. The lecture will be held at the NYAS headquarters on the 40th floor of 7 World Trade Center, New York City. Tickets are free for members of The Skyscraper Museum or NYAS, $10 for adults, and $5 for students and seniors. For additional information, or to register, visit http://www.nyas.org/mixedgreens or call 212-945-6324.


“Symposium on High-Rise Building Egress Stairs”, hosted by the Architectural Engineering Institute of ASCE and the Ornamental Metal Institute of New York, at the McGraw-Hill Auditorium, New York City. To learn more about this event visit http://wwwaeinstitute.org.


Structural Engineering Institute’s 2007 Structures Congress on “New Horizons & Better Practices”, Long Beach, California. For additional information visit http://structurescongress.org.

05.16 - 05.19.07

CTBUH Tall Building Height Criteria International Meeting, for representatives of pre-confirmed CTBUH Organizational Members only (see note above under CTBUH News). To be held at the Illinois Institute of Technology, Hermann Union Building, Chicago.


Conference on “Tall Buildings - planning, designing, marketing and managing of sustainable skylines for current and future generations ” at the Grand Hyatt in Shanghai, China. Organized by Marcus Evans in partnership with CTBUH. Go here for more information.

07.09 - 07.10.07

CTBUH 6th Annual Awards dinner. Center Core, S.R. Crown Hall, Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago.


First meeting of the re-organized CTBUH Steering Group, Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago (to be held prior to the Awards dinner – details to be announced).


CTBUH 8th World Congress, Dubai: “Tall & Green: Typology for a Sustainable Urban Future”. Call for Papers issued above.

03.03 - 03.05.08

CTBUH, S. R. Crown Hall, Illinois Institute of Technology, 3360 S. State Street, Chicago, IL 60616

phone: 312-909-0253 fax: 610-419-0014 email: info@ctbuh.org web: www.ctbuh.org