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Design Development of Dubai Creek Tower 100% Complete

Dubai, United Arab Emirates – 15 February 2018

The design development program for Dubai Creek Tower, which is on track to at least briefly become the world’s next tallest structure, is now fully complete.

BMT, an international design, engineering, and risk management consultancy, announced that it had taken the Emaar Properties project "to 100 percent design development."

Wind engineering experts from BMT have completed aerodynamic shape optimization studies, wind-loading analyses, and façade wind pressure assessments for the project.

Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava is leading the project's design and engineering works. The building's design includes a net of steel stay-cables, attached to a central reinforced concrete column.

An oval-shaped bud is featured at the top of the tower, and will house numerous observation decks.
In January, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE, and Ruler of Dubai, reviewed Dubai Creek Tower.

The tower, located within the 6 square-kilometer Dubai Creek Harbour development, had reached new milestones, it was revealed at the time.

The core of the project's pile cap has now reached its highest point, and it is more than 50 percent complete, with completion scheduled for mid-2018.

Concrete placement for the pile cap began in September 2017.

Dubai Creek Tower's pile cap is a multi-layered and tiered reinforced concrete top that is almost 20 meters thick.

The cap covers and transfers loads to the foundation barrettes.

To date, up to 25,000 cubic meters of concrete has been poured for the pile cap, with 12,000 metric tons of steel reinforcement also placed.

More than 450 people are working on the project, the Dubai Media Office revealed.

His Highness Sheikh Mohammed marked the tower's ground-breaking commencement in October 2016.

After foundation works were completed in March 2017, the tower's 145 barrette piles were tested to a world-record load of 36,000 metric tons, and laid 72 meters deep.

For more on this story, go to Construction Week.

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