The Taller the Deeper (Available only in the Geo/Environmental Special Issue)

by Clyde N. Baker, Jr., (F.ASCE), Sr. Prin. Engr.; STS Consultants, Ltd., Deerfield, IL,
Elliott E. Drumright, P.E., (M.ASCE), Eckland Consultants Inc., Deerfield, IL,
Leonard M. Joseph, (M.ASCE), Vice President; Thornton-Tomasetti, New York, NY,
Tarique Azam, Vice President - Geotechnical; Ranhill Bersekutu Sdn Bhd, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia,

Serial Information: Civil Engineering—ASCE, 1996, Vol. 66, Issue 11, Pg. 3A-6A

Document Type: Feature article


While debate rages on about which structure holds the title of the world's tallest building, there is no dispute over which building has the deepest foundation. At 130 m below grade, the concrete barrette foundations of the Twin Petronas Towers are the world's deepest. Measured from the bottom the the deepest foundations to the top of the building, the Petronas Towers stand 612 m tall. Kuala Lumpur City Centre Berhad, Malaysia, developed the Petronas Towers project. Bauer Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur, performed the project's ground improvement program in conjunction with Hayward Baker, Odenton, Maryland. Joint venture contractors, which included Bachy Soletanche, installed the barrette pile foundations. Ranhill Bersekutu, Kuala Lumpur, drew the structural and geotechnical engineering foundation design and assisted in overseeing the grouting program. Thornton Tomasetti, New York, served as structural consultant. STS Consultants, Deerfield, Ill., provided a peer review of the foundation design and also designed and oversaw the grouting program.

Subject Headings: Foundation design | High-rise buildings | Developing countries | Grouting | Consulting services | Building design | Dispute resolution | Concrete | Malaysia | Asia | United States | Maryland | New York

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