WSP is proud to be part of the design teams behind eleven out of 46 finalist projects to be showcased at the annual CTBUH Tall + Urban Innovation Conference, which will take place in Chicago from May 30-31.

During the two-day event, owner/developers and design teams for the finalist projects will compete in front of an international audience and live juries for winning distinctions across eight categories.

The CTBUH 2018 Tall + Urban Innovation Conference incorporates what was previously known as the CTBUH Annual Awards Event. It will explore and celebrate the very best in innovative tall buildings, urban spaces, building technologies and construction practices from around the world.

The diverse range of finalist projects for which WSP has provided engineering design include the National September 11 Memorial in New York (as part of the World Trade Center Masterplan); to Skypark, an innovative, garden-topped residential development in Hong Kong; to the super-tall 554.5m Lotte World Tower in Seoul; and 56 Leonard, Herzog & de Meuron’s ‘houses stacked in the sky’ in Tribeca, New York.

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The design services we provided on the projects include structural engineering, building services and specialist disciplines such as facades and vertical transportation. Vincent Tse, Managing Director of Buildings MEP, China, who will attend the conference, said. “One of the CTBUH’s key aims is to highlight sustainable urbanism in order to promote a better urban future. MEP plays a very important role in the performance of tall buildings, and particularly with respect to the people who use them, and I’m very proud to that WSP is responsible for the building services on a number of these winning projects.”

Also part of the WSP team at the conference will be head of global structures, Bob Halvorson, who will be chairing a session on innovation covering topics like cross-laminated timber, rope-less elevators, lightweight motion control device and lean core and blade wall system. He said: “It is a real tribute to the quality of our people across the world that WSP is involved in such a large proportion of these prestigious projects, which exemplify the world’s foremost examples of innovative urban design.”

See here for the full list and descriptions of the finalist projects.


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