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LERA's Rubenstein Forum Honored as Best Tall Building Worldwide

"David Rubenstein Forum Named Best Tall Building Worldwide in 2022 by Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat Emphasizing sustainability, regional, height, engineering and other functional awards also determined at annual conference in Chicago.

The Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH) announced the winner of its annual award for best tall building worldwide as the David Rubenstein Forum at the University of Chicago."

LERA attended the Tall Excellence: Seeking the Ideal in Vertical Urbanism conference in Chicago where the awards were announced.

The David Rubenstein Forum won a number of awards including:

Best Tall Building Worldwide

Best Tall Building under 100 meters

Best Tall Building Americas

LERA was the structural engineer for the Rubenstein Forum. The stacked neighborhoods of the tower are staggered to varying degrees, posing a complex structural challenge, with cantilevers up to 40 ft. The structural system is composed of a series of simple individual structural elements that are stacked in a harmonious form to efficiently create the desired open spaces. Incorporating post-tensioned concrete into the structural design proved crucial to achieving the long spans, cantilevers and column-free spaces that the architectural team envisioned.

Read more about the project here:

See photos of the Rubenstein Forum and the Tall Excellence conference below:

The Rubenstein Forum's 40 ft cantilevers achieved by LERA are on grand display at the building entrance.

Michael Hopper, Associate Partner (right) lead a tour of the Rubenstein Forum as part of the CTBUH Tall Excellence Conference.

Showcasing the views across the University of Chicago and the city from atop the Rubenstein Forum.

CTBUH Tall Excellence Conference delegates enjoyed a presentation by the design team at the Rubenstein Forum tour.


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