Shum Yip Tower One Wins 2018 Excellence in Structural Engineering Award

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Shum Yip Tower One has won a 2018 Excellence in Structural Engineering Award from the Structural Engineers Association of New York (SEAoNY). The awards program recognizes outstanding achievement and innovation in structural engineering. SEAoNY recognized Shum Yip Tower One in the New Buildings category.

Shum Yip Tower One is part of the Shen Ye Upperhills Mixed-Use Development. The SOM-designed project features two landmark towers: a class A office building, and a luxury hotel and office complex. An elevated pedestrian park and retail podium activate the complex and help create a new destination in the center of Shenzhen, China.

Tower One rethinks conventional legacy systems to achieve supertall performance requirements. Its ladder-core system improves ductility, redundancy, and uniformity of structural stiffness without conceding architectural or mechanical flexibility. Eight mega-columns at the tower's perimeter connect to the core with composite coupling beams to create a comprehensive lateral system. Long span beams at each level direct gravity loads into the mega-columns, eliminating tension from overturning moments. The ladder-core system allows for unobstructed occupant views, floor plate simplicity, and inherent structural stability, exemplifying seamless integration of building disciplines for an enhanced overall design.

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