You have reached your limit of free articles this month.

Enjoy unlimited access to SpringfieldNewsSun.com

Starting at just 99¢ for 8 weeks.

GREAT REASONS TO SUBSCRIBE TODAY!

  • IN-DEPTH REPORTING
  • INTERACTIVE STORYTELLING
  • NEW TOPICS & COVERAGE
  • ePAPER
X

You have read of premium articles.

Get unlimited access to all of our breaking news, in-depth coverage and interactive features. Starting at just 99c for 8 weeks.

X

Welcome to SpringfieldNewsSun.com

Your source for Clark and Champaign counties’ hometown news. All readers have free access to a limited number of stories every month.

If you are a News-Sun subscriber, please take a moment to login for unlimited access.

Saudi tower enters race for world's tallest building


Move over, Dubai. If Saudi Arabia's newest construction project goes as planned, the Burj Khalifa could be dethroned as the world's tallest tower.

The planned tower has had delays since it was first proposed in 2011, but now construction for the skyscraper dubbed Kingdom Tower is reportedly set to begin next week along the Red Sea. (ViaVisualhouse)

According to the Saudi Gazette, the building, which is designed by the same architects who designed the Burj Khalifa, is designed to have 200 floors, standing at more than than 3,200 feet — passing the Burj by more than 560 feet.

But the exact size of the building is not yet set in the stone. According to Arabian Business, the developer has not yet decided on the final height — only that it will definitely surpass the Burj Khalifa.

The tower's construction will likely not be a smooth process. Aside from its location near salt water, which could damage the building, erecting such a tall structure is no easy feat.

According to Businessweek, there is only so much change in height a person's inner ear can tolerate, and the weight of elevator cables might become a problem considering the Burj is already "near the maximum height a single elevator can travel without being insupportable."

And then of course, there's the threat of wind. CNN reports to counter this, the building will change shape every few floors — making the wind load less harsh than it would be if it were a solid structure.

If successful, the complex will house a mix of residential and commercial units, as well as the world's tallest terrace. (Via Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture)

It's estimated the $1.2 billion project will be completed sometime in 2018.



Reader Comments ...


Next Up in Nation World

Mom of teen stolen as newborn says daughter wants accused kidnapper in life
Mom of teen stolen as newborn says daughter wants accused kidnapper in life

The biological mother of the teen kidnapped from her hospital room in Florida 18 years ago took to social media to thank friends and share her struggles after learning that her daughter still wants her accused kidnapper in her life. Shanara Mobley thanking those who have supported her through this journey in a Facebook post. She said she has been confused...
Former local congressman: Ohio GOP key to new Trump administration
Former local congressman: Ohio GOP key to new Trump administration

The Ohio GOP will play a central role in Donald Trump’s new administration, according to former Congressman Steve Austria, R-Beavercreek, who spoke with the president-elect earlier this month. Trump and his adviser Kellyanne Conway called Austria earlier this month to whip support for Jane Timken, the new administration’s choice for Ohio...
Butler County woman admits to murder-for-hire plot
Butler County woman admits to murder-for-hire plot

A Madison Twp. woman has admitted guilt in a plot to have her estranged husband killed. Shelly Carter, 42, pleaded guilty today to attempted conspiracy to commit aggravated murder. That is a lower degree charge than what she was originally charged with. Police said Carter was in fear of losing her home and custody of her children when she arranged...
Inauguration 2017: Local students arrive in Washington
Inauguration 2017: Local students arrive in Washington

Southwest Ohio students are arriving in Washington, D.C. for the Inauguration of Donald Trump. Students from Oakwood High School and Archbishop Moeller High School in Cincinnati were on a flight this morning from James M. Cox Dayton International Airport to Washington, D.C. Students from Springfield left today, too. Sixteen-year-old Oakwood students...
Toddler taped to wall in Facebook live video
Toddler taped to wall in Facebook live video

An Ohio mother was arrested Thursday after police were alerted to Facebook live video of her showing a toddler taped to a wall.   Shayla Rudolph was arrested Thursday morning by Reynoldsburg police and charged with felony abduction, according to CNN-ABC affiliate WSYX in Columbus.  The news outlet said it brought the Facebook live video...
More Stories