The Burj Dubai

28 12 2007

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Burj Dubai is a supertall skyscraper currently under construction in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. When it is completed in late 2008, it is predicted to be the tallest man-made structure in the world, as well as the tallest building by any measure. Scheduled for occupancy in September 2009, the building is part of a 2 km² (0.8 sq mi) development called ‘Downtown Burj Dubai’ and is located at the “First Interchange” (aka “Defence Roundabout”) along Sheikh Zayed Road at Doha Street.

The building is being built mainly by South K orean company Samsung, along with the Belgian company Besix and the UAE company Arabtec. Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP (SOM) of Chicago is the lead architect, structural engineer and mechanical engineer of the Burj. George Efstathiou of SOM is the Managing Partner on the project, while Adrian Smith, formerly of SOM, was the Design Partner. Third Party Peer Review has been performed by CBM Engineers Inc. The total budget for the Burj Dubai project is about $4.1 billion US and for the entire new ‘Downtown Burj Dubai’, $20 billion US.

As of 27 December 2007, Burj Dubai has reached a height of 598.5 metres (1,964 feet), with 158 completed floors.

Current records

  • Tallest freestanding structure: 598.5 meters (1,964 ft) (previously CN Tower – 553.3 m (1,815 ft))
  • Building with most floors: 158 (previously Sears Tower / World Trade Center – 110)
  • Vertical concrete pumping (for a building): 601.0 m (1,972 ft) (previously Taipei 101 – 449.2 m (1,474 ft))
  • Vertical concrete pumping (for any construction): 601.0 m (1,972 ft) (previously Riva del Garda Hydroelectric Power Plant – 532 m (1,745 ft))

    

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