Langan designs foundation for Kingdom Tower
New York, August 17, 2011
US-based Langan International has designed the foundation of Kingdom Tower in Jeddah, which is set to become the tallest tower in the world.
As a key consultant for the project, Langan will offer multiple engineering services including geotechnical, site/civil, traffic, and parking planning.
The foundation was designed to overcome challenging subsurface conditions consisting of very weak rock and highly permeable coral rock, which impacted pile capacities and settlement, among other critical design issues.
Important geotechnical aspects of the project included a sophisticated subsurface investigation using specialized field and laboratory testing, an advanced pile and barrette testing program, and a site-specific seismic hazard analysis.
'We are honoured to be working alongside Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture and Thornton Tomasetti, as well as other design team members, on this world-record-shattering project,' said George E Leventis, president, Langan International.
'When Langan expanded into the Middle East, our goal was to become the consultant of choice for major challenging projects in the region, and no project will be more prominent than Kingdom Tower.'
Langan International's Khaldoun Fahoum, vice president, Middle East Regional Manager, and Alan Poeppel, vice president based in New York City, have been working with the Kingdom Tower design team from the very beginning, a statement said.
They have provided their technical expertise, and managed the internal coordination of Langan engineers from multiple disciplines located in firm offices from Abu Dhabi and Dubai to New York and San Francisco.
With respect to site/civil engineering, Langan is managing multiple challenges ranging from locating and orienting a tower in the center of a planned city to stormwater designs that will mitigate flooding in a region recently stricken with severe flooding disasters.
Part of the overall stormwater management system designed by Langan will eventually collect, detain, and discharge rainwater into a massive reflection pond at the base of Kingdom Tower.
Also, Langan will support the transformation of the conceptual master plan into construction level documents complete with roadway elevations, defined property boundaries, subsurface utility layouts, and stormwater detention requirements.
For nearly a year, Langan traffic engineers and parking design consultants have been examining on-site circulation patterns and reviewing the traffic master plan for Jeddah's Kingdom City, designed by HOK Architects, to design the site access points, which includes provisioning for sophisticated security screening to be installed at entry plazas.
Langan also provided innovative recommendations on the internal circulation patterns to the Kingdom Tower garages, the layout of spaces inside the garage, and the design and orientation of helixes.
'In a very brief time period, George Leventis and his team have established Langan International as the leading geotechnical engineering firm in the Middle East region,' said David T Gockel, president/CEO, Langan Engineering & Environmental Services.
'They have also done an outstanding job proving that our one-stop-shop model works anywhere in the world. By integrating other Langan services on Kingdom Tower, George, Khaldoun, and Alan have streamlined what would otherwise be a complex coordination process among various consultants, which ultimately brings measurable value to our international clients,” he added.
Kingdom Tower, located near the Red Sea, which will rise more than 1,000 metres (about 3,300 feet), will eclipse the reigning tallest building, Dubai's Burj Khalifa, by more than 173 meters (568 feet).
The first phase of the overall Kingdom City development comprises the tower, a 97,000 sq m retail mall, and underground garages for more than 4,700 cars. – TradeArabia News Service