Located at the heart of a major commercial business district within Metro Manila, the 50-storey SM Megamall Tower will feature a sophisticated ‘S-shape’ design in elevation, with three levels of underground parking, an above-ground parking, and a direct link to SM Megamall, one of the biggest shopping malls in Southeast Asia.
Property developer SM Prime Holdings appointed Aurecon to provide structural engineering design services for the tower and work closely with architect Arquitectonica to bring its vision to reality.
According to John Webb, Aurecon’s Market Director for Built Environment, the challenge in this project is to provide ingenious engineering solutions that achieve the critical balance between a buildable and robust structure and one that expresses the architect’s aesthetic vision.
With the high loadings caused by typhoons and earthquakes in the Philippines, the project team’s objective was to develop a structural design that will provide seismic resilience while achieving the building’s ambitious architectural design.
Due to the tower’s S-shaped design with edges that move in or out at every level, innovative design was required so that it can be constructed effectively without compromising the ability to withstand seismic activity.
To address this, Aurecon has lent its structural engineering expertise to four phases of the project: concept design, schematic design, design development and construction documentation review.
The SM Megamall Tower is expected to be completed in 2020, and will provide first-class amenities, designed and built to international standards. It will add to Aurecon’s growing portfolio of landmark projects in Southeast Asia including the: