Project Applications

Shanghai Center Building


Shanghai, China



General Contractor

Shanghai Central Building Construction and Development


Gensler / Tongji Architectural Design Group

Engineering Consultant

Thornton Tomasetti

Construction Period

2008 - 2015

Type of Project

Mixed-use Building

Size of Structure

632m Height (124-story)

Main features used in this application Construction stage analysis with creep and shrinkage Linear dynamic analysis with response spectrum Equivalent wind load simulation

Description on this project

At 632m, Shanghai Tower became China’s tallest building and the second tallest building in the world in 2015. The mixed-use development comprises 380,000㎡ and includes Class A office space, retail, a luxury hotel, 2,200-seat arena, and connections to the Shanghai Metro, and three floors of below-grade parking. It also features the world’s highest non-enclosed observation deck. The tower features a twisting triangular form with a façade that curves 120 degrees from its base. Its structural system consists of a 90-by-90-foot concrete core connected to a system of outriggers and super columns supported on 1,079 concrete and steel bore piles driven deep into the ground. The outrigger trusses and super columns derive stiffness from the concrete inner building, comprising an effective system for resisting wind and seismic loads for supertall buildings.




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Shanghai Center Building


Project Contact Thornton Tomasetti
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    398 Han Kou Road Room 1601, Shanghai 200001, China

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    Thornton Tomasetti is an American 1,200+ person structural engineering consulting firm headquartered in New York City. The company has expertise in structural engineering, façade engineering, forensics, renewal, construction engineering, property loss consulting, sustainability, applied science, protective design, and transportation.

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