High Performing Buildings - Winter 2008 - (Page 23)
B U I L D I N G AT A G L A N C E Building Name Pearl River Tower Location Guangzhou, China Size 2.3 million ft2 Started 2006 Completed Estimated 2009 Use Office Building Cost Estimated $12 million more than a building designed to meet the minimum requirements of Standard 90.1 Distinctions Designed to be the most energy-efficient super-tall tower in the world BUILDING TEAM Owner CNTC Guangdong Tobacco Company Architect Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP (SOM) SOM Project Team MEP Roger Frechette, P .E., project engineer, SOM’s director of sustainable engineering Architecture Russell Gilchrist, project architect, SOM’s director of technical architecture Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP Structural William Baker, P FASCE, .E., SOM’s structural engineering partner Management Tom Kerwin, FAIA, SOM’s managing partner Wind Engineering Consultant Rowan Williams Davies & Irwin Inc. (RWDI) Pearl River Tower is designed to be the most energy-efficient super-tall tower in the world. The Pearl River Tower, which will be the corporate headquarters for the CNTC Guangdong Tobacco Company, was ﬁrst designed as a carbon-neutral tower. But permitting (a lack of net-metering laws for commercial buildings) and cost issues whittled the efﬁciency predictions to a notunimpressive 58% less than Chinese building code, which in the last few years has become, in some cases, more stringent than Standard 90.1. It still is expected to be the most energy-efﬁcient super-tall tower in the world, according to project engineer Roger Frechette, director of sustainable engineering at Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP (SOM). Winter 2008 RWDI Project Team Ray Sinclair, Ph.D; Duncan Phillips, Ph.D.; Glenn Schuyler, Ph.D. Other Key Players Guangzhou Design Institute HIGH PERFORMING BUILDINGS 23
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