The topping-out ceremony for the Shenzhen Stock Exchange tower took place on 26 June.
The completion of the 51-storey structure is a major construction milestone, and comes just 18 months after the main contractor, China Construction 3rd Bureau, began work in January 2009.
The 175,000m2 building, designed by OMA, will house the Shenzhen Stock Exchange and commercial space, and will be a landmark building in Shenzhen’s new Financial District. The main stock exchange functions are housed in a podium which cantilevers from, and is supported by, the tower. This raised platform creates a 38m high covered urban plaza large enough to accommodate public gatherings and performances.
The tower will be the first in China to achieve the China Green Building Code’s top three-star rating, setting a standard for environmentally sustainable construction in China. For example, it will use 40% less water and 20% less energy compared to local design code regulations.
Arup provided comprehensive design services, including structure, building services, façade, fire engineering, building physics, lighting design, vertical transportation, acoustics and communications design.
Although the ceremony was held under heavy rain, this was taken to be a fortuitous sign since water represents growth – therefore, ideal conditions for China’s second largest stock market. The ceremony also included a lion dance, to bring further good luck to the new building, before the guests went to the roof of the tower to mark the formal topping-out of the 245m tall structure.
The event was attended by the First Deputy Mayor of Shenzhen, Lv Ruifeng, as well as senior representatives from the local government, design teams and construction teams including Arup engineers.
Façade construction has already begun and the building is expected to be completed in late 2011.
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