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Building the Burj Khalifa

You saw the launch ceremony, heard about the name change and know the final height, but have you ever wondered how they built the Burj Khalifa?

 

You saw the launch ceremony, heard about the name change and know the final height, but have you ever wondered how they built the Burj Khalifa?

 

In this week's issue of Construction Week, we tell you just that, from the bottom of the foundations to the very top of the spire at 828 metres. We will tell you how many reinforced, bored, concrete piles were used to support the concrete mat in the building's foundations, you can find out how concrete was pumped vertically to a world record height of 606 metres and we'll even tell you how the cranes at the top of the tower were dismantled.

 

In addition to all that, we talk to key people involved in the project and hear about their personal experiences of working on the Burj Khalifa.

 

Mohamed Alabbar, the charismatic chairman of Emaar Properties , tells us how building the Burj has changed him as a person. Arabtec CEO Tom Barry and Depa's managing director Nadim Akhrass reflect on the massive amount of logistics management involved in the project.

 

Philippe Dessoy, general manager of Besix, remembers how he felt when told he would be working as a contractor on the world's tallest building. Also, don't miss Pierre Marcout's account of how the fantastic Burj Khalifa launch party was put together.

 

We hope you enjoy reading this week's issue of Construction Week as much as we enjoyed putting it together. And if you haven't already seen our fantastic exclusive video of the launch event, please visit our web site constructionweekonline.com and search for ‘Burj Khalifa launch video'.

 

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