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4/20/2014 (2 years ago)

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Kingdom Tower, overlooking red Sea, promises to dwarf Dubai building

Not be outdone, Saudi Arabia is vowing to build the world's tallest building. Said structure, called the Kingdom Tower, heads into construction next week. AT its height, 3,280 feet, it will eventually dwarf Dubai's Burj Khalifa, which stands at 2,716 feet, the world's current record holder.

High winds will also be a problem for this gargantuan building, so the tower will change shape regularly to counter it.

High winds will also be a problem for this gargantuan building, so the tower will change shape regularly to counter it.


By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Catholic Online (

4/20/2014 (2 years ago)

Published in Middle East

Keywords: Saudia Arabia, skyscraper, Kingdom Tower

LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - Located in the coastal city of Jeddah, the Kingdom Tower will be at least some 568 feet taller than the current Guinness world record holder, the Burj Khalifa.

The tower will cost approximately of $1.23 billion, the tower in Saudi will require approximately 5.7 million square feet of concrete, 80,000 tons of steel for all 200 floors. Construction will take five years to finish. 

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Overlooking the Red Sea, the tower will feature a five-star Four Seasons hotel, apartments, office space and an observatory.

The tower does pose many unique construction challenges. The building will need to be able to withstand the saltwater of the nearby ocean.

Consultants Advanced Construction Technology Services will be testing the strength of different concretes that can be used for the tower's 200 feet deep foundations.

High winds will also be a problem for this gargantuan building, so the tower will change shape regularly to counter it.

"Because it changes shape every few floors, the wind loads go round the building and won't be as extreme as on a really solid block," Gordon Gill, of Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill, the design architects for the building, says.

Delivering concrete to the higher floors will also pose a challenge. When the Burj Khalifa was built, six million cubic feet of concrete was pushed through a single pump at night when temperatures were low enough to ensure that it would set. This tactic could be used here in Saudi Arabia.

As fanciful as it sounds, building a tower this high into the sky remains feasible.

"At this point in time we can build a tower that is one kilometer, maybe two kilometers," Sang Dae Kim, the director of the Council of Tall Buildings, told Construction Weekly. "Any higher than that and we will have to do a lot of homework," he said.


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