Meet the Man Behind Burj Khalifa

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Source: Technical University of Denmark

Bill Baker is the man behind the world’s tallest man-made structure, Burj Khalifa in Dubai. Here, he talks about the engineering challenges of extreme high-rise buildings. “It’s just a project.” It almost sounds as if he is downplaying their efforts, when William (Bill) F. Baker describes his team’s contribution to the Burj Khalifa Tower, which was inaugurated in 2010 and to this day is the world’s tallest man-made structure at 829 metres...

As chief engineer in Skidmore Owings & Merrill (SOM)—an architecture and engineering firm—Bill Baker developed the unique hexagonal core structure behind the world record (see the explanation below).

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