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Standing at 462 meters above the ground, the Lakhta Center is the tallest building in Europe and Northern Hemisphere. It is developed as a business center and a pilot of integrated sustainable development with the public and city’s interest at heart.
It serves as a catalyst to the development of a 21st-century new landmark and iconic business center that is well suited to complement and expand the existing historic and world heritage Central Business District.
The Lakhta Center is a Multifunction Complex Development (MFCD) consisting of an 86-story office tower to provide high-end offices for Gazprom Neft and Gazprom Group affiliates, a Multi-Function Building, a Stylobate, The Arch that forms the main Tower entrance and houses restaurants and cafes, underground parking and a wide range of large public plazas.
The iconic shape of the tower is composed of five individual leaves or petals that twist and taper as they rise and rotate 90 degrees from base to pinnacle. The unique form presented complex challenges for design and construction, leading to opportunities to improve the original design and develop a structural system with significant cost and time benefits.
As the Project Executive of Lakhta Center for Samsung C&T, Dr Ahmad’s lecture is to present the design and construction challenges of the tallest building in Europe/ Northern Hemisphere, including the development and integration of building systems, structural and foundation systems of the twisted shape of the tower.
Ahmad is the Executive Vice President of Samsung C&T Corporation, Seoul, Korea. He has extensive experience in design of buildings ranging from complex buildings to high-rise towers, and long span structures. Currently he is involved as the Executive Project Director of PNB 118, Malaysia and Project Executive of the Lakhta Center, Russia.
During his tenure at Samsung C&T, he held several positions including the Head of High-rise & Complex Building Division and the Head of Building Business Development (Marketing & Sales) / Technical Proposal Division. Since joining Samsung in 2004, he has contributed to transition the Global Building business model from construction only provider to design-build, pre-construction, value engineering, and fast track design/construction.
Other high-profile projects he involved include the Burj Khalifa, Samsung HQ, Inchon Tower and Yongsan Landmark Tower.
Prior to joining Samsung, he was Associate Partner with Skidmore Owings and Merrill in Chicago. He is also an adjunct professor at Seoul National University, teaching structural design of high-rise buildings and spatial structures. Previously he was an adjunct professor at Illinois Institute of Technology’s School of Architecture since 1990. He also supports the research of real time Structural Health Monitoring Programs at Tower Palace III and Burj Khalifa by sponsoring through Samsung.
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