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Skidmore, Owings and Merrill

Skidmore, Owings, & Merrill LLP
Skidmore, Owings and Merrill LLP

Main Office:
224 S. Michigan Avenue
Suite 1000
Chicago, IL 60604

Additional Offices:
New York, New York
San Francisco, California
Los Angeles, California
Washington, D.C.
London, England
Hong Kong, China
Shanghai, China
Brussels, Belgium
Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
Mumbai, India

Environmental Graphics
Interior Design
Building Services/MEP
Structural & Civil Engineering
Digital Design
Sustainable Design
Tall Buildings
Urban Design & Planning
Industrial Design (1)

Number of employees: Over 1000

History: Skidmore, Owings and Merrill, LLP

SOM was founded in 1936 by Louis Skidmore and Nathaniel Owings, who were joined by John O. Merril in 1939. The firm opened its first branch in New York City in 1937, and had more than 1000 employees by 1952. Skidmore, Owings and Merrill specializes in technically challenging upscale and high-rise buildings. Their engineers and architects have designed many of the tallest buildings in the world, including Sears Tower by Fazlur Khan in 1974, and the world’s current tallest standing structure, Burj Khalifa, completed in 2010 and designed by Bill Baker. The firm is also in charge of constructing One World Trade Center, which is to be the main building in the new World Trade Center Complex. (8)

Selected Projects:

China Merchant Tower, Shenzhen (LQuntar2015)

The Park Hyderabad, Hyderabad (LQuntar2015)

The Baltimore Tower, London (LQuntar2015)

Lexicon, London (LQuntar2015)

Manhattan Loft Garden, London (LQuntar2015)

PERTAMINA, Jakarta (LQuntar2015)

Willis Tower, Chicago, Illinois
Willis Tower, Chicago, Illinois

Cathedral of Christ the Light, Oakland, California
Cathedral of Christ the Light, Oakland, California

One World Trade Center, New York, New York

Burj Khalifa, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Infinity Tower, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Infinity Tower, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Renaissance Center, Detroit, Michigan

(1) http://www.som.com/content.cfm/www_home
(2) http://www.collecticon.org/2010/07/transformers-3-film-locations-continued-trump-tower-and-millenium-park/
(3) http://www.downtowndetroit.org/ddp/photos.htm
(4) http://www.som.com/content.cfm/korean_air_lines_operations_center
(5) http://academics.triton.edu/faculty/fheitzman/architecturalmethodology-C.html
(6) Architectural Engineers of the 20th & 21st Centuries – John Bosley, David Wald
(7) http://www.som.com/content.cfm/william_f_baker
(8) http://www.fundinguniverse.com/company-histories/Skidmore-Owings-amp;-Merrill-LLP-Company-History.html
(9) http://www.markedlines.com/a-roundup-of-40-oustanding-upcoming-skyscrapers/
(10) http://www.digitalfutures.info/1/lecture-10-03-04-william-baker%20/
(11) http://superjchung.wordpress.com/2009/11/30/nanjing-greenland-financial-center-tallest-in-nanjing-china/

Written by Josh Massey

January 20, 2011 at 10:44 pm

Posted in Engineers


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