Sarah Protzman Howlett

Sarah Protzman Howlett

Reaching New Heights

PM Network | October 2015

Spires, spheres and glossy skyscrapers punctuate the skyline in Shanghai, China’s Pudong district. Its futuristic landscape has provided the backdrop for death-defying leaps and cataclysmic destruction in blockbuster action films. But the city’s latest archi- tectural star aimed to test local limits and reach new heights.

Designing and building the Shanghai Tower, the world’s second-tallest building, came with its own real-life drama. Given the building’s dizzying height, project managers had to make life-or- death safety decisions and navigate unique short- and long-term construction challenges–all at a high-speed project pace.