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Old January 22nd, 2006, 01:39 PM   #381
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Old January 22nd, 2006, 01:51 PM   #382
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If anyone has german TV channel Pro7 watch today "Wunderwelt Wissen"
There will be a coverage about Burj Dubai!

i am going to record it. ^ 18.45 german time.
will be coverage about whole of dubai.
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Old January 22nd, 2006, 02:04 PM   #383
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By Susan Diesenhouse
Tribune staff reporter
Published January 22, 2006


Uriel Schlair runs the "above ground" team. Jerry McElvain is in charge of the "below ground" team.

They both work at the Chicago office of Gensler, a national architecture firm. But they are designing major portions of a downtown office complex from opposing directions at the same time. The goal: to speed up construction.

Under pressure to get buildings developed 15 to 30 percent faster than just a few years ago, architects are dramatically changing how they work.

They're forming design teams that extend beyond architects to engineers and developers so that decisions can be made in minutes rather than days. They're also speeding up the production of drawings and plans for portions of buildings so construction can begin even before the design of the entire building is completed.

In today's weak office market, the developer who can offer an earlier occupancy date may snag a major tenant who is up for grabs.

The property owner may also see big savings if construction can beat out rapidly escalating commodity prices. This year, the cost of building materials could increase 20 percent, said Jeffrey Gouveia, vice president of Boston-based Suffolk Construction Co., Inc.

"Speed is everything, said George Efstathious, a partner at Chicago's Skidmore Owings & Merrill architecture firm, which is aiming to shave eight months off development of an approximately $1 billion, 180-story residential tower, the Burj Dubai, in the United Arab Emirates. "The contractor has already built up to the 20th floor even though we still have about three months of design work to do."


108 N. State St.

To meet the tight design schedule for its portion of the approximately $300 million first phase mixed-use complex slated for 108 N. State St., Gensler tried an approach that is being adopted by more and more architectural firms. It broke the retail and underground train station structures that it is designing into smaller pieces: the foundation, parking, train station and four stories of retail below ground and the four stories of retail above.

The 400,000 square feet of retail must open by the first quarter of 2008 to meet city goals and to serve those who will occupy the complex's 17-story office tower. Anchor tenants Morningstar, the financial research firm, and broadcaster CBS, hope to move into their new offices by the end of 2007. That tower, being designed by Perkins+Will, must be planned with the possibility that Mills Corp., of Arlington, Va., the developer, may add several stories if it signs up additional tenants, said a Perkins spokeswoman.

Adding upper stories is in itself an unusual break from the past. Additions to office buildings more often come in the form of a horizontal wing or a companion tower--not extra floors above the base, explained Janet Stegman, a Boston architect. "It's not your everyday approach but makes sense when land values are high," she explained.

In the past, Gensler architects would have finished creating their portion of the complex before any construction started, said Grant Uhlir, the Gensler partner in charge of designing the glass-and-metal retail building and the underground transit station. "Just a couple of years ago, it would have been design, bid, build," he said.

Once the firm broke the project into smaller design components, it had to reconfigure how its team approached the work. Last summer, Gensler's architects cleared out part of their office to set up a project workspace for themselves and their outside consultants--a team of 45 people. And to streamline communications, the team included structural, civil, mechanical and electrical engineers and representatives of the contractor and owner.

"We can share knowledge and communicate instantly without waiting for return calls or e-mails. That avoids mistakes down the road and there will be a time saving of maybe 15 percent," Uhlir explained.

Last week, for example, Uriel Schlair, the "above ground" team coordinator, had questions about the Dearborn Street entrance. How big will it be? Will it interfere with city sewers or underground electric vaults?

"Because everyone I needed to talk to is right here we solved half the problems in one day rather than several," Schlair said. "This is really complex; that's why I love it."

Jerry McElvain, the "below ground" coordinator, expects to shave about 30 percent off the time needed for his team's assignment. "Today, one of the above ground structural engineers wanted to lower a beam three feet but first he turned around and asked me if that would work with my stairs and air ducts," he said. "No missed calls or e-mails or need to write back and ask, `What did you mean by this?'"

Doing more work at a faster clip also has improved Gensler's finances. Nationwide, its 28 offices generated $311 million in revenues in 2005, said Uhlir. He declined to reveal the firm's profit margin, but industrywide they are usually about 10 percent. After the economic slowdown in 2000, Gensler's results declined, but with its new approach to design, including the use of the latest technologies, company revenues are "back in the ballpark" of where it had been in the heyday of the mid-1990s, Uhlir said.

In the last 12 months, the Gensler office here has added 62 people, bringing its total to 163. Hailing from places like Germany, Serbia and Canada as well as the U.S., some of the new people are a different breed. They are adept at both traditional architectural drawings, but also operate building information modeling software, which is an automated three-dimensional illustrating tool that also crunches numbers.

Once an architect feeds project information into the database, a visual image automatically pops up with dimensions and prices of structural elements such as beams and windows. Since the images can be launched on a Web site, members of the project team can all work together in real time, saving thousands of work hours.

1 S. Dearborn St.

When a developer promises to deliver space to an important tenant in a yet-unbuilt tower, architects can face even more intense pressure to work faster.

Take the glass-clad tower at 1 S. Dearborn St., which opened last Thanksgiving.

In 2003, Houston-based developer Hines Interests LP agreed to lease 500,000 square feet in the tower, which was still a relatively rough concept on the computer screen, to prominent Chicago law firm Sidley Austin LLP.

But the attorneys needed to occupy the building by November 2005.

That meant the architect, then called Destefano Keating & Partners Ltd. and now DeStefano + Partners, had to figure out how to cut 30 percent off its customary schedule to design the 40-story tower in eight months rather than 12.

"To get the account, we had to be very cost conscious; no changes or re-engineering," explained project manager Daniel Wagner.

So DeStefano set up a "war room" to monitor daily progress, and the project team gathered everyday at 4:30 p.m. Anyone with trouble reaching a goal, Wagner said, "could throw down a red flag and say, `I need help.'"

"In my 20 years with Hines, this was the fastest project I'd ever seen," said Greg Van Schaack, manager of the developer's Chicago office.

Project financing can also accelerate the architect's already rapid pace. While interest rates on construction loans are still relatively cheap, any rise can quickly increase a project's overall cost.

"When you borrow $200 or $300 million, it's a heavy clock ticking even if you pay 6 percent rather than 8," said Van Schaack. "We're always at the mercy of interest rates."

That's why it was critical that Sidley Austin start to pay rent as quickly as possible.

Northwestern

Sometimes designing a project in pieces also meets the occupant's needs to constantly update its technology or equipment.

A case in point is the $100 million downtown medical building at Northwestern University Medical Center. While the building has been under construction for about two years, the interior is still being designed.

One reason: The building must accommodate the latest medical equipment, explained architect John Syvertsen, chief executive of OWP&P, a Chicago firm.

"These projects take so long," said Syvertsen, "and health care can change so radically."




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Old January 22nd, 2006, 02:42 PM   #384
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If anyone has german TV channel Pro7 watch today "Wunderwelt Wissen"
There will be a coverage about Burj Dubai!
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Old January 22nd, 2006, 02:54 PM   #385
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residential tower?
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Old January 22nd, 2006, 03:47 PM   #386
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It's interesting that this latest artical says that the building will be 180 Stories. So far we have heard 150, 162, 165, 180, and 189 Stories.
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Old January 22nd, 2006, 04:20 PM   #387
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i don't care about that at least this is not the important fact in the article. important thing is they have still 3 months of design work

btw we also heard 194 and 195 S, the elevator on the emaar site


malec this is an american article... be happy they spelt burj dubai correctly.
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Old January 22nd, 2006, 07:01 PM   #388
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I thin we are on floor 30.
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Old January 22nd, 2006, 08:16 PM   #389
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just watched the dubai/burj dubai coverage on german tv. was rather amazing. i will cap some screenshots.
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Old January 22nd, 2006, 08:42 PM   #390
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th program was very intersting special the proyects in dubailand with the dinosaurs
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Old January 22nd, 2006, 10:43 PM   #391
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They just started now constructing the floorplates, so the facade testing should be months away.

Talking of the facade, did EMAAR select any supplkier for the glass yet? If not, it makes no sense to even think about facade now.
I've seen buildings that test were on the construction site even before the underground excavation started
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Old January 22nd, 2006, 10:48 PM   #392
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^ What do you mean, what kind of tests.
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Old January 22nd, 2006, 11:20 PM   #393
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Different kinds of glasses (colours), differents kinds of steel or aluminiom structure for them, colour of steel or concrete pannels, size of windows...
http://www.emporis.com/en/il/im/?id=167734
http://www.emporis.com/en/il/im/?id=167734
http://www.emporis.com/en/il/im/?id=196543
http://www.emporis.com/en/il/im/?id=184084

Or a piece of the building
http://www.emporis.com/en/il/im/?id=154516
http://www.emporis.com/en/il/im/?id=167568
http://www.emporis.com/en/il/im/?id=190117
http://www.emporis.com/en/il/im/?id=200457
http://www.emporis.com/en/il/im/?id=227392
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Old January 23rd, 2006, 12:58 AM   #394
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some great shots:

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Old January 23rd, 2006, 07:09 AM   #395
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Best images yet!!!
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Old January 23rd, 2006, 07:41 AM   #396
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Nice that they got this to press (and tv) with fresh tower video.
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Old January 23rd, 2006, 07:58 AM   #397
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I love that shot with the skyline in the background (second from the bottom of reply #394). It is one of the best shots of Dubai's skyline I have seen in a while.
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Old January 23rd, 2006, 08:17 AM   #398
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That construction looks awesome at night!

How about getting someone to drive over at night and take pics?
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Old January 23rd, 2006, 09:44 AM   #399
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I love that shot with the skyline in the background (second from the bottom of reply #394). It is one of the best shots of Dubai's skyline I have seen in a while.

I agree. That shot of Dubai makes me drool

It looks like a very interesting place to be.
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Old January 23rd, 2006, 10:24 AM   #400
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Wow, way cool stuff!
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