Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat

 CTBUH Researchers, Clark Construction Meet

March 27, 2013

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CHICAGO - The CTBUH research team met with Senior Project Manager Chris Phares of Clark Construction Group at the site of the under-construction Hyatt Regency hotel. The purpose of this meeting was to discuss details of the construction process in more depth, and to go over aspects of construction of the selected case studies that are to be included in a Life Cycle Assessment (LCA).  Information provided by Clark Construction Group will play an integral part of the Life Cycle Assessment of Tall Building Structural Systems research project funded by ArcelorMittal.
The CTBUH research team compiled a list of questions based on critical information necessary to complete a detailed LCA assessment. The two sides discussed, in detail, the aspects of the construction process that are overlooked in most research, along with the costs and energy associated with those aspects. Phares briefed the CTBUH research team on the source of the Hyatt’s materials, along with the transportation required to ship materials from those sources. The CTBUH research team shared their ideas on construction of tall buildings, to which Phares made some helpful suggestions. The meeting fulfilled an objective set forth by the Peer Review Panel meeting to find and gather accurate data from construction companies and structural engineers that are to be reviewed in case studies. The information gathered from this meeting will critically inform the research team’s vital parameters for the study, and allow for a more comprehensive Life Cycle Assessment.
The CTBUH meets with Clark Construction. From Left to Right: Dr. Dario Trabucco, Afshin Zahraee, Chris Phares, and Dr. Payam Bahrami