Supertall Buildings

The taller the building, the more important the details

The construction of a supertall building (typically defined as buildings over 1,000 ft. tall) requires absolute precision every step of the way.

The slightest miscalculation can prove disastrous. So who do the builders of the tallest buildings in the world go to when they need crucial information?

They turn to the testing facilities of CTLGroup, the engineering and consulting firm where many of the necessary tests were developed. Supertall buildings require a high level of construction and materials technology. CTLGroup has continually elevated that level of technology for almost 100 years. The firm has been responsible for landmark advances in the field of concrete and cementitious materials, many of which have directly affected supertall construction.

Combined with this legacy of innovative work in our state-of-the-art laboratories, is a suite of consulting services that ranks among the most trusted in the world. The cross-disciplinary combination of capabilities CTLGroup offers is remarkable for its breadth and expertise, and has helped numerous clients rise above the complex problems supertall buildings present. Whether it be modeling future building performance from test data or installing sensors to monitor ongoing building health, ready-mix work or slipform construction, structural or material challenges, CTLGroup offers expert testing services and experienced consulting to supertall building clients in every stage of the construction and maintenance process.

CTLGroup has been engaged in some of the most notable supertall building projects in the world, including:

  • Burj Khalifa, Dubai, United Arab Emirates – Over 2,700 ft. (825 m.)
  • Lotte World Tower, South Korea – 1,800 ft. (550 m.)
  • One World Trade Center, New York – 1,792 ft. (546 m.)
  • Trump International Hotel & Tower, Chicago – Over 1,389 ft. (423 m.)
  • Al Hamra Tower, Kuwait City, Kuwait – 1,355 ft. (413 m.)