|(Photo courtesy of Taipei 101)|
Having survived construction delays and other setbacks, including a 2002 earthquake that killed five workers, the 508-meter-tall Taipei 101 tower, which has replaced Kuala Lumpurs 451.9-m twin Petronas Towers as the title holder for tallest, is set to open Dec. 31. Remedial work and commissioning will continue for some months, says Turner International, which managed the project for Taipei Financial Center Corp. According to the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat, the 200,000-sq-m office tower has the highest roof and usable floor at 448 m. Evergreen Consulting Engineering, with Thornton Tomasetti Engineers, provided structural design of the building by Taipei architect C.Y. Lee & Partners (ENR 11/24/03 p. 24).