Members of the project team on August 10 celebrating the topping out of the new office tower located in Shanghai’s central Jing’an District. Photo courtesy of the Architectural Design and Research Institute of Tongji University.
A ceremony on August 10 marked the topping out of the concrete core wall for the 54-story Hines Jing An Tower in Shanghai, China. Thornton Tomasetti is providing structural engineering services for the project developed by Hines and designed by Gensler. Located in the city’s bustling commercial Jing’an District, the project will anchor a new mixed-use development. The LEED Platinum pre-certified building will raise the bar for future commercial office towers in Shanghai through its numerous innovative building, energy, clean air and water-saving technologies. Limited to a height of 250 meters, the tower will contain 1.4 million square feet of office space and 84,036 square feet of retail. An existing foundation and basement built for a trapezoidal hotel/office structure was used for the office tower, which required structural modifications to the columns and core walls to support the new rectangular design. The structural system features columns located at the perimeter of the building with sloping columns at levels one through eight to support the new column location. A four-level basement will contain an 800-car parking garage. The tower sits adjacent to a new subway station that is being constructed simultaneously.
Built atop of an existing foundation and basement that was originally designed for a hotel/office structure, the new tower will be dedicated to office space with retail at the podium. Rendering courtesy Gensler.
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