Chair: Andy Campbell
Project Manager, New Markets, Multiplex

Speakers

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Keyvan Kazemi
Project Manager, Alexico Group
 
Gerald Bianco
Senior Vice President, Principal in Charge, Lendlease Corporation
 

Kory Jardine
Construction Manager, City Creek Reserve, Inc
 
Peter Lee
Associate Director, Senior Structural Engineer, Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP
 

David Edelson
Project Manager, Turner Construction Company
 
David Farnsworth
Principal, Arup
 

Tom Waters
Project Director, Mirvac Group
 
Jason Vieusseux
General Manager, Design Management & Construction, Mirvac Construction
 

Dexiong Weng
Deputy Chief Engineer, Ping An Life Insurance Company of China
 
Florence Chan
Director, Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates
 

Session Summary

Five of the current most innovative techniques and safety practices utilized to erect built structures were exhibited in the Construction session, chaired by Andy Campbell, Project Manager, New Markets, Multiplex, Presentations began with New York’s 56 Leonard, a building with “Jenga-like” cantilevered floors, that Keyvan Kazemi, Project Manager, Alexico Group, notes is “at the very edge of what is structurally possible. After all there are many buildings with cantilevers, but not many buildings with hundreds of cantilevers.” A custom stackable perimeter screen system was used for the installation of the tower’s 266 balconies and 13 outdoor terraces to ensure worker safety and protection.

The design and construction of a tower with a suspended perimeter, 111 Main, was enacted to accommodate the adjacent theater building with which it shares a basement floor and lobby. Using a lower hat truss composed of structural steel, the tower hovers over the four-story theater without imposing perimeter tower columns. “A very visible benefit of this design was the removal of 18 columns at ground level, which creates a stunning jewel box of a lobby,” said Kory Jardine, Construction Manager, City Creek Reserve, Inc. The lobby features a 35-foot-high and 10-foot-wide single pane glass panel, which is outfitted with an exposed glass hinge to connect it to the remainder of the tower. This set-up allows it to withstand significant, localized seismic movement.

461 Dean is the world’s Tallest Volumetric building, consisting of prefabricated modules that were constructed entirely off-site in the Brooklyn Navy Yard, and transported during the night in groups of four. The 363-rental unit building achieved LEED © Silver certification and contains modules that are completely outfitted with MEP components, as well as pre-fab bathroom pods and a pre-attached façade, ensuring superior waterproofing. A great leap for volumetric construction, 561 Dean topples expectations for how high modular, dense and attractive multi-unit residences can be. “This isn’t what you’d typically expect of a modular construction—an extruded rectangle with the same LEGO© block done over and over again,” said David Farnsworth, Principal, Arup, who presented alongside David Edelson, Project Manager, Turner Construction Company “We actually had 36 different plan positions on the biggest floor. Modules vary in shape and size from trapezoidal to triangular to rectangular.”

The world’s first use of a Closed-Cavity Façade on a high-rise commercial tower is found at The EY Center, a golden-hued, timber-encased office building that was intended to warm up the traditional workplace with natural materials. The EY Centre enjoys a triple-glazed, super-clear façade that is outfitted with automated timber blinds, which enable it to enjoy a 30-40% energy reduction, all without external sun shading, explained Jason Vieusseux, General Manager, Design Management & Construction, Mirvac Construction and Tom Waters, Project Director, Mirvac Group. The best thing about The EY Center is the sense of place,” said Vieusseux. “The vision was to use natural materials, timber and stone to make it more inviting.”

Dexiong Weng, Deputy Chief Engineer, Ping An Life Insurance Company of China, and Florence Chan, Director, Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates, gave a detailed presentation on the Ping An Finance Center, a supertall in Shenzen at 599 meters that pushed boundaries in construction technology. The project employed not only innovative solutions but also efficiency, speed and safety—the tower was erected without a single casualty. “To give you an idea of the speed, the actual construction period was eight years,” said Dexiong Weng. “So, on average, the tower was rising one meter per day.” The Ping An Finance Center, which required a massive excavation for its foundation, wanted to minimize disruption to the urban fabric, including a nearby metro station. Their innovative cross-lot bracing system with two large-diameter rings allowed for extremely minimal rearranging of the metro line, and reduced construction time by 10 percent. The approach to the Ping An Finance Center approach represents a model for supertall construction that is swift, stealthy and safe, even in extremely dense, highly-developing areas.

The winner of the 2018 Construction Award was the EY Centre.

Session Photo Gallery

Keyvan Kazemi, Project Manager, Alexico Group, tells attendees that 56 Leonard Street, a building with multiple cantilevers, is "at the very edge of what is structurally possible."
Gerald Bianco, Senior Vice President, Principal in Charge, Lendlease Corporation, talks about the innovative construction techniques it took to build 56 Leonard's 266 balconies.
"The removal of 18 columns at ground level creates a stunning jewel box of a lobby," Kory Jardine, Construction Manager, City Creek Reserve, Inc tells the audience about 111 Main.
The audience listens to presentations from the Construction Awards category.
Peter Lee, Associate Director, Senior Structural Engineer, Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, presents on 111 Main, a that used an innovative structural steel solution to suspend the whole perimeter of the tower.
“This isn’t what you’d typically expect of a modular construction," said David Farnsworth, Principal, Arup, about 461 Dean, the world's tallest volumetric modular apartment building.
David Edelson, Project Manager, Turner Construction Company, and David Farnsworth, Principal, Arup, give a detailed presentation on the construction of record-breaking modular apartment building 461 Dean.
David Edelson, Project Manager, Turner Construction Company, explains how the variation in modules at 461 Dean makes each unit feel more personal.
CTBUH "Future Leaders" Committee Events Manager and Session Chair Andy Campbell, Project Manager, New Markets, Multiplex, addresses attendees of the Construction session.
Tom Waters, Project Director, Mirvac Group, explains why the use of natural materials, such as timber, was a crucial part of making the EY Centre more approachable. The EY Centre later received the Construction Award.
Audience members listen to presentations on the most significant innovations in tall building construction.
Jason Vieusseux, General Manager, Design Management & Construction, Mirvac Construction, presents “A Creative Use of Closed-Cavity Façades Opens Up New Possibilities,” focusing on the unique shading system for the EY Centre in Sydney. The project went on to win the Construction award later in the evening.
Florence Chan, Director, Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates, explains how despite the deep foundation excavation, the Ping An Finance Center managed to minimally displace nearby metro lines.
Dexiong Weng, Deputy Chief Engineer, Ping An Life Insurance Company of China, presents the Ping An Finance Center, a boundary-pushing supertall built with zero casualties.
From left: Peter Lee, Associate Director, Senior Structural Engineer, Skidmore, Owings & Merrill; Kory Jardine, Construction Manager, City Creek Reserve, Inc; David Edelson, Project Manager, Turner Construction Company; David Farnsworth, Principal, Arup; Session Chair Andy Campbell, Project Manager, New Markets, Multiplex; Jason Vieusseux, General Manager, Design Management & Construction, Mirvac Construction; Tom Waters, Project Director, Mirvac Group; Keyvan Kazemi, Project Manager, Alexico Group; Gerald Bianco, Senior Vice President, Principal in Charge, Lendlease Corporation; Dexiong Weng, Deputy Chief Engineer, Ping An Life Insurance Company of China; Florence Chan, Director, Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates.