Burj Dubai completes 50pc cladding work
Dubai, February 6, 2008
Burj Dubai, the world’s tallest building being developed by Emaar Properties, has completed 50 per cent of its cladding work
The cladding work is being undertaken on an accelerated schedule by Arabian Aluminium Company, the company said in a statement.
More than 12,000 panels covering an area of over 50,000 square metres has been installed on the tower, which is now the world’s tallest free-standing structure. Burj Dubai is now 604.9 metres high, it added.
“The cladding work on Burj Dubai is being undertaken in phases across various levels to match the project timelines. More than 80 storeys currently don the high-performance cladding system. The primary materials used are reflective glazing, aluminium and textured steel spandrels, and vertical stainless steel tubular fins. This accentuates Burj Dubai’s height while lending it with a shimmering slenderness,” the company said.
“The architectural and design splendour of Burj Dubai is now coming to fruition with the installation of the cladding, which is being executed on an accelerated schedule. With 50 per cent of the work completed, Burj Dubai is setting new milestones in the speed of construction of super-high-rises,” said Emaar Properties UAE Managing Director Ahmad Al Matrooshi.
“We are deploying innovative techniques in the cladding work, and 50 per cent of the work was completed in less than seven months – a record of sorts. The logistics of cladding Burj Dubai, with other aspects of construction going on simultaneously, is very demanding, and we are utilizing advanced technologies to complete the work on schedule,” said Arabian Aluminium Company General Manager Bashar Kayali.
Burj Dubai is now taller than Taipei 101 (508 metres; 1667 ft) in Taiwan and CN Tower (553.33 metres; 1815.5 ft) in Toronto, Canada. More than 5,000 consultants and skilled professional workers are employed on-site at the tower.
Emaar is partnering with South Korean construction major Samsung Corporation and New York-based Project Manager Turner Construction in constructing the tower, which was designed by Adrian Smith and Skidmore, Owings & Merrill of Chicago.
Burj Dubai will feature residences, commercial space and retail space and hospitality elements including the world’s first Armani Hotel and Armani Residences. The Armani Residences, launched recently, received overwhelming customer response. – TradeArabia News Service