Ping An Finance Centre (PAFC), Shenzhen
At the height of 599.1m, PAFC is the tallest building in Shenzhen. Through demonstrating a total fire engineering approach, Arup sets a benchmark in pushing safety standard to a very high and forefront level. The desired level of fire safety is achieved by conducting performance-based evaluation using fire engineering tools such as CFD and evacuation modelling. To cope with occupant exhaustion and mobility issues during evacuation, lift-assisted evacuation strategy is introduced where nine shuttle lifts are designed with sufficient redundancy and safety features and used at three refuge floors, successfully reducing the evacuation time by up to 40 minutes. Before the building was opened, Arup produced a fire safety management plan and manual for the building operator. This manual enabled the building management team to understand the fire safety objectives, arrange suitable training for emergency response team and conduct necessary maintenance to the essential fire safety systems.