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Kôga Studio finishes a documentary film about the Alphabetic Tower

Our collaborators on Kôga Studio are finishing a documentary film about the construction of the Alphabetic Tower in Batumi. This medium-length film reviews the design and construction stages using video footage, motion graphics, time-lapse sequences and interviews with our team. “It has been a unique, unrepeatable documentary film”, director Pablo González-Moralejo says, due to the singular features of the tower and the specific challenges they dealt during the shooting. A teaser is available now on www.alphabetictower.com and You Tube.

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The Alphabetic Tower, included on The Skyscraper Center

Five months after being completed, the Alphabetic Tower has been included on The Skyscraper Center, a global database about skyscrapers and tall structures managed by the American entity Council of Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat. Our project has now a profile page with its most significant figures (height, gross surface area...), features (function, materials, facilities...) and photos. Nowadays, the Alphabetic Tower is the second tallest construction existent in Georgia and the 7th tallest steel tower in Europe. Skyscrapercenter.com offers global information about thousand of buildings and structures. Users can create their own lists selecting variables like type, location, function, materials or status. The home page shows news about skyscrapers and towers, studies, quick links to specific lists, and the document about CTBUH’s height criteria to measure and sort this kind of buildings.

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Research about the Alphabetic Tower in Batumi

Martin Buechler, estudiante del Instituto Federal de Tecnología de Zurich (Suiza), ha permanecido durante cuatro meses en CMD Ingenieros realizando el proyecto de investigación Analisis of a tuned mass system for vibration damping, un estudio sobre el funcionamiento del péndulo que equilibra el comportamiento dinámico de la Alphabetic Tower de Batumi. Con la ayuda de Carlos Lázaro y Fran Palacios, Buechler finalizó la semana pasada la redacción del trabajo y realizó con éxito su lectura en la ETS de Ingenieros de Caminos, Canales y Puertos de la UPV.

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Finishing the construction works

CMD Ingenieros reaches the end of its largest project in Georgia. Our office will complete next February the construction works of Alphabetic Tower, a 130 m. tower conceived as a a visual reference on the seafront of Batumi, the first tourist destination for the Caucasian country on the Black Sea coast. Last December 31st interior desing of the panoramic restaurant and the Observatory deck –two main spaces of tower- were completed. Both them are located on the glass sphere that crowns the structure. The tower’s shaft is a cantilever truss of steel tubes, it was mounted in just nine months thanks to a fast and effective construction system. A double-helix raises the surface holding large pieces representing the characters of the georgian alphabet, a unique writing system in the world tributed with this structure. Alphabetic Tower will turn into a tourist reference on Batumi’s seafront thanks to its singular design...

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Completed the top sphere

CMD Ingenieros has succesfully completed most complex part of the construction of the Alphabetic Tower in Batumi (Georgia). Last tuesday our team finished the operations to hoist and assembly the fourth module of the steel and glass top sphere. This element has a diameter of 28 m. and an estimated weight of 160 tons; it will host the panoramic restaurant, the observatory deck and the other uses planned inside the tower. The construction works continue now with the assembly of interior spaces, mounted with vertical modules and not floor by floor as is usual in other kind of buildings.

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Mounting Alphabetic Tower top sphere

CMD Ingenieros started last month the assembly of the glass sphere of the Alphabetic Tower in Batumi (Georgia). This element has a diameter of 28 meters and an estimated weight of 160 tons; it has been divided into four rings to allow the works on height with the crane. The process has complex operations like raising the first block -with all his glass panels mounted- or fitting it on eight anchoring points on the top of the tower structure. This constructive system allows short execution terms and a minimum number of workers when large pieces are being moved.

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Alphabetic Tower’s structure

We have started the construction works of the Alphabetic Tower's metallic structure. This 130 m. height icon will redefine Batumi's skyline.

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Foundation stone of the Alphabetic Tower

CMD Ingenieros has started the construction of a new tower in the waterfront of Batumi, a tourist city on the Black Sea coast in Georgia. President of Georgia, Mikheil Saakashvili, and President of Ajara region, Levan Varshalomidze, participated on the event of putting the foundation stone of the structure. The tower will rise 130 m. in height and will be completed next year.

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