SM PRIME Holdings, Inc., the country’s biggest retail firm, has picked global engineering consultant Aurecon to provide structural engineering design services for a landmark office tower adjacent to its sprawling SM Megamall in Ortigas business district.
In a statement, Aurecon said it would work on SM Prime’s upcoming 50-storey SM Megamall Towers that is set to dominate the heart of Ortigas in Mandaluyong City with an S-shape elevation design.
“One of the biggest challenges with this architectural design will be addressing the very high holdings from both typhoons and earthquakes that occur in the Philippines,” said John Webb, Aurecon’s market director for built environment in Asia. “One is developing a structure that can be constructed effectively, with edges that move in or out at every level without compromising the ability to withstand seismic activity.”
Aurecon will work closely with Arquitectonica, the architect on the SM project.
“Our involvement in this exciting project is to provide ingenious engineering solutions that achieve the critical balance between a dependable structure and one that expresses the architect’s aesthetic vision,” said Webb.
The SM project will add to Aurecon’s growing portfolio of landmark projects in Southeast Asia.
Among its high-profile international projects are: the Shanghai Tower, the Mapletree Business City, and Vivo City, in Shanghai; Wembley National Stadium in London; Motion Gate in Dubai; and the World Tower in Melbourne.
With a floor area of 124,200 square meters, the SM Megamall Towers will have three levels of underground parking, plus above-ground parking.
Aurecon will do the structural engineering in four initial phases of the project, specifically, concept design, schematic design, design development, and construction documentation review.
Once complete, SM Megamall Towers will incorporate first-class amenities, designed and built to the highest international standards, according to Aurecon.
The office development will also feature a direct link to SM Megamall, one of Southeast Asia’s biggest shopping malls.
Based in Australia and South Africa, Aurecon has worked with major international architects, including Foster, Denton Corker Marshall, Gensler, Broadway Malyan, Hassell, Cox, and Woods Bagot.
The engineering firm operates in 27 countries across Africa, Asia-Pacific, and the Middle East.