CHICAGO – ESD (Environmental Systems Design, Inc.), an international leader in the design of high performance building systems, has been awarded a contract to design the building systems for the new Kingdom Tower in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.

“Our designs will also provide for effective and high quality fast track construction.”

At 1,000+ meters, Kingdom Tower will be the world’s tallest building. The centerpiece of Kingdom City, a new urban development of more than 23 million square meters, the structure will feature a luxury hotel, office space, serviced apartments, condominiums and an observation deck within approximately 530,000 square meters of space.

Kingdom Tower
Kingdom Tower

The project will feature energy-efficient building systems that are organized vertically in accordance with occupancy and configured with the highest equipment standards. As an integral component of the design team, ESD is providing mechanical, electrical, plumbing and fire protection engineering, with the firm’s technology services group responsible for delivering integrated consulting services for teledata, audio/visual, security and acoustics.

”The building systems for this supertall tower are being developed through close coordination with the architectural and structural designs for optimal system operation,” said Mehdi Jalayerian, executive vice president in charge of ESD’s international division. “Our designs will also provide for effective and high quality fast track construction.”

ESD is working on a design team led by Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture ( The project is being developed by Jeddah Economic Company, formed in 2009 to develop Kingdom City. Development services for the project will be provided by the Dubai-based Emaar Properties, developer of Dubai’s 828-meter-tall Burj Khalifa, now the world’s tallest building. The contractor is the Saudi Binladin Group (SBG).

ESD is a global consulting-engineering firm that focuses on the delivery of high-performance buildings. The company delivers value by creating healthy and productive environments and designing facilities that are more cost effective, flexible, reliable, and sustainable. Utilizing an integrative design process, ESD’s engineering and design professionals (230+) apply innovative technologies such as energy modeling and BIM (Building Information Modeling) to address owners’ needs.

Founded in 1967, the firm is a valued partner for many public and private clients seeking to enrich collaboration through diversity. ESD’s services include: mechanical, electrical, plumbing and fire protection engineering; LEED certification consulting; sustainable design; energy modeling; commissioning; technology systems design; and BIM. For more information, please visit:


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