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11 predictions for high-rise construction in 2015

In its annual forecast, the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat predicts that 2015 will be the "Year of the Woodscraper," and that New York’s troubled B2 modular high-rise project will get back on track.

December 17, 2014 |
 Shanghai Tower is on track to be completed by the end of 2015. Rendering courte

Tall buildings always draw attention, and in 2015 they're only getting bigger and better. The Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat has published a list of its top predictions for skyscrapers in the coming year, noting milestones on individual projects, like the highly anticipated Kingdom Tower, and larger industry trends, such as the use of wood in high-rise construction.

From Moscow to Kuala Lumpur, it looks as if 2015 will hold some major highlights for the tall buildings industry. Here are CTBUH's predictions:

1. New York’s B2 Will Be Back

A legal scuffle between contractor Skanska and developer Forest City Ratner stalled this project in 2014, but it will likely be back on track early in 2015.

2. 2015: Year of the “Woodscraper”?

More than one wood-heavy skyscraper is under construction as we move into the new year, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture will reveal the winner of the $2 million Tall Wood Building Competition.

3. Dubai’s Burj 2020 to Get Under Way

The long-awaited Burj 2020 looks to begin construction in 2015, with shortlisted engineering teams being interviewed in late 2014.

4. Re-imagined Pinnacle Will Be Revealed

The London Pinnacle, only partway finished due to the recession, has been taken on by PLP Architects. Their plans for the project should be unveiled by spring of 2015.

5. Jeddah’s Kingdom Tower Completes 22nd Floor

CTBUH predicts that the tower will complete its 22nd floor by May, with construction currently running at 2.5 floors per month.

6. Las Vegas’ Harmon Hotel Will Finally Come Down

After years of frustration and speculation, the deconstruction of this ill-fated hotel began in 2014, and is on track for completion in 2015.

7. Ping An Finance Center Will Top Out

Shenzhen's Ping An Finance Center should reach its ultimate height by mid-2015. 

8. Moscow’s Federation Towers Will Be Completed

If this complex is finished in 2015, its Vostok Tower will be the tallest tower in Europe. 

9. Foundation Work for Kuala Lumpur’s KL118 Completed by Q3 2015

Developer KL118 has reported that the foundation for the tower will be laid by the end of 2015's third quarter. 

10. Shanghai Tower Will Be Completed

The tower and its glassed-in skygardens are set to open their doors by the end of 2015.

11. China Will Complete 13 Supertalls

Squarely ahead of any other country in this category, if China completes its scheduled 13 supertalls, it will be responsible for 57% of the world's supertall buildings in 2015.


Read CTBUH's "Watch Out for These Tall Happenings in 2015" report.

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