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Over 150 Canadian towers on global website

The Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat has launched a web site to serve as the premier resource for information on tall buildings around the world.

February 27, 2012   Canadian Consulting Engineer

The Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat has launched a web site to serve as the premier resource for information on tall buildings around the world.

The Skyscraper Center (www.skyscrapercenter.com) has information for both professionals and non-professionals.

It has a profile for every completed building in the world that is taller than 200 metres, and files on thousands of projects still in stages of development.

The home page has a world map tool, and in the future the council intends to add city and country profiles with graphs and statistics on different areas.

Tallest building by far is still the Burj Khalifa in Dubai. At 828 metres and 163 floors it still towers over the next tallest, Taipei 101 in Taiwan at 508 metres and 101 floors.

There are 166 towers listed for Canada. Only two towers are included from Canada in the top 100 on the list, and both are in Toronto:  First Canadian Place (listed as First Bank Tower) is #61, and Scotia Tower is #96.

The list devoted to Canadian towers has 166 entries. The top 10 includes two towers only completed last year: Eighth Avenue Place East Tower in Calgary at 51 floors is #9 (Gibbs Gage Architects), and the Ritz-Carlton Hotel in Toronto (Kohn Pedersen Fox, Page & Steele, IBI Group, Halcrow Yolles and The Mitchell Partnership).

The oldest towers on Canada’s list are from the 1960s: Confederation Building in St. John’s, Newfoundland (11 storeys), and Toronto City Hall’s West Tower (20 Storeys).

At 72 storeys and 298 metres above ground, Canada’s tallest building is First Canadian Place. Located on King Street West downtown, it was completed in 1975. The steel structure’s marble panel cladding had to be replaced last year after some slabs started falling off. The original structural engineer was M.S. Yolles Partnership; architects were Edward Durell Stone and Bregman and Hamann. The developer/contractor was Olympia & York, but it is now owned by Brookfield Properties.

The site is inviting more information and photographs on towers.

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