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High Rise Buildings

Developers of supertall structures are often visionaries putting their mark on a city’s skyline for generations to come. Making these high rise buildings (HRBs) healthy, safe, and environmentally sound is part of our mission to improve society through the built environment.

Designed for the Future

More than an engineering marvel, modern skyscrapers are a microcosm of the larger metropolis they reflect. Developers, corporations, governmental agencies, organizations, municipalities, and other stakeholders often look at the value of their real estate relative to its long-term impact on their organizations as well as surrounding communities. These buildings are designed and built to positively contribute to their communities over decades and often generations. They are catalysts for additional development while making a statement about the vitality of a region, city, or country.

Multi-Storied History of Innovation

Developers, corporations, governmental agencies, organizations, municipalities, and other stakeholders often look at the value of their real estate relative to its long-term impact on their organizations as well as surrounding communities.

We Understand Butterflies and Buildings

The “Butterfly Effect” describes a relatively minor event– like a time traveler accidentally stepping on a butterfly in prehistoric times– having a major impact on future events. Ripple effects. Building systems are an eco-system unto themselves, complex, intertwined, and interdependent. Our experts understand how to orchestrate and choreograph changes to high rise environments.

The Challenges of Going High

Recent world events have put increased focus on health, safety, and the environment– especially as related to spaces in supertall structures. This just happens to be the same focus ESD was founded on over 50 years ago. For example, our industry leaders provide guidance on HVAC system design and operations best practices that help mitigate risk and improve indoor air quality (IAQ) in the context of post-pandemic high-rise commercial office building ventilation performance.

Testimonial Quotes
I think it’s necessary to evaluate a skyscraper at multiple scales, since that’s how we experience it:

from right next to it on the street to from across the river, as well as at all kinds of points in between. It’s important to think of it as an element in a larger skyline, but also as an element in an immediate streetscape.

Paul Goldberger | Architectural Critic, Journalist, Educator

See What Happens When We Work Together

Creativity, insight, partnership. Better spaces to work, to live, and to plan for the future. See our high rise building projects

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Markets: High Rise Buildings
Disciplines: Eco+Energy, Engineering, Technology
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Markets: High Rise Buildings
Disciplines: Engineering, Technology

News and Events: Our People in Action

The various facets of high rise buildings are reflected in the thought leadership, instructional videos, podcasts, and other information offerings we post regularly. Check out the latest.

ESD Projects Win Top Honors

Conference celebrates “the very best in innovative tall buildings, urban spaces, building technologies, and construction practices from around the world.” (Read More)

Strategies for Safer Post-Pandemic High-Rise Buildings

Improving health and safety while increasing occupant comfort and confidence should be built into future tall buildings. (Read More)

Obstacles Become Assets for Building Project

Construction on the Chicago River at 110 N. Wacker Drive creates a new architectural showpiece for the city. (Read More)

What Solutions to High Rise Buildings Can We Bring to You?

Our engineers, sustainability and technology designers are geared to solve problems unique to your situation. How can we help?

Big buildings need big solutions. How can we help?

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Our mission to improve society through the built environment is brought to life through our people. Are you ready to make a difference?

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