A series of other sustainable design and engineering elements, including solar panels, double skin curtain wall, chilled ceiling system, under floor ventilation air, and daylight harvesting all contribute to the building’s energy efficiency.
For more than 50 years, SOM has been incorporating sustainable elements into design - long before "green" was called "green". Throughout SOM's history, as early as the 1950s, sustainability has been a part of the firm's design criteria evident in such projects as the Inland Steel Building in Chicago, the Weyerhaeuser Corporate Headquarters in Washington, King Abdul Aziz International Airport - Hajj Terminal and National Commercial Bank in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.
With deep architectural, engineering and design expertise in China, SOM has led numerous projects throughout the region, from executing large-scale master urban plans such as the Beijing CBD East Expansion and Chongming Island to designing iconic buildings like China's first super-tall building, Jin Mao Tower, the current sixth world’s tallest building, Nanjing Greenland Financial Center, Kingold International in Guangzhou and the award-wining Poly International Plaza in Guangzhou and The New Beijing Poly Plaza.
Pearl River Tower is scheduled for completion later this year.