LERA announces new office in Seoul, South Korea

LERA Consulting Structural Engineers is proud to announce our fifth location in Seoul, South Korea

LERA Consulting Structural Engineers (LERA), a world-renowned, award-winning structural engineering consulting firm based in New York, has opened a new office in Seoul, South Korea. The office is under the leadership of Seokkwon Jang, Ph.D., P.E., Partner at LERA and Director of the Seoul branch office. Dr. Jang has been with LERA since 2004, and was promoted to Partner in 2020.

LERA has designed the structural system of many iconic buildings in South Korea, including the 1,820-ft (555-m), 123-story Lotte World Tower in Seoul, which opened in 2017 and is the tallest building in South Korea and the 6th tallest building in the world. The Cheongna International City Tower (CICT), currently under construction, held a grand groundbreaking ceremony in November 2019, attended by Dr. Jang and William Faschan P.E., Partner at LERA. LERA is leading the structural design for the new 1,470-ft (448-m) tower, which is set to be completed in 2024. Upon completion, CICT will be the tallest observatory tower building in Korea and the 6th tallest observatory tower in the world.

Dr. Jang was completing his doctorate at Lehigh University on September 11, 2001. The tragic events of that day inspired him to take on a special responsibility as a structural engineer. “After graduation, I joined LERA by destiny, who designed the original World Trade Center towers,” Dr. Jang explained. “Starting with consulting on the new 1 WTC (Freedom Tower) and being a part of the design team for 4 WTC, I have enjoyed the precious privilege of participating in many high-rise building projects. The opening of LERA’s Seoul office is expected to become a valuable venue that transcends the gap between geography and time through a global collaboration with LERA HQ in New York and LERA’s branch offices in other countries. In particular, I look forward to the opportunity to grow together with the Korean structural industry.”

Wing-Pin Kwan, Ph.D., P.E., LERA’s Managing Partner, added: “Having a permanent presence in Korea will open more doors for LERA, and will help us to better serve our clients throughout Asia.”

About LERA

LERA Consulting Structural Engineers (LERA) is an M/WBE structural engineering firm providing services to architects, owners, contractors, and developers. Since their founding in 1923, they have designed numerous landmark projects across the world, and established a strong reputation for design and technical excellence. LERA’s services include complete structural designs, feasibility studies, peer reviews, value engineering, blast analysis and design, forensic consulting, and special inspections. Headquartered in New York City, LERA also operates offices in Mumbai, Shanghai, Hong Kong and Seoul, and has completed projects in over 50 countries.

Image: Lotte World Tower, Seoul, South Korea

"The opening of LERA’s Seoul office is expected to become a valuable venue that transcends the gap between geography and time through a global collaboration with LERA HQ in New York and LERA’s branch offices in other countries. In particular, I look forward to the opportunity to grow together with the Korean structural industry.”

Seokkwon Jang, Ph.D., P.E.

Partner

LERA Consulting Structural Engineers

+ 1 212 750 9000 + 82 2 461 4553, [email protected]

LERA's Seoul office expands the firms expertise and presence in South Korea.

Suite 701, 25 Seongsuil-ro 4gil

Seongdong-gu

Seoul, South Korea

Tel: +82 2 461 4553

Fax: +82 2 461 4555

South Korea Experience

Lotte World Tower, Seoul, South Korea Hyundai Global Business Center, Seoul, South Korea

Cheongna International City Tower, Incheon, South Korea

Seoul Lite-Spire Design & Erection Method, Seoul, South Korea

Poongsan Head Quarter Building, Seoul, South Korea

Parc 1 Mixed-Use Development, Peer Review, Seoul, South Korea Prototypical Super High-Rise Bldg. System Study, South Korea Busan Lotte Tower, Busan, South Korea Incheon International Airport Terminal 2, Incheon, South Korea

For more information, please contact: Carrie Villani Director of Marketing LERA Consulting Structural Engineers + 1 212 750 9000, [email protected]

Press Release: LERA Opens New Office in Seoul, South Korea World-Class Structural Engineering Firm Expands Reach in East Asia

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Image: Cheongna International City Tower, Incheon, South Korea

*Renderings by: SMDP Architects

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