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Skyscraper Completions Take Hit From COVID-19 Pandemic in 2020

January 5, 2021
by Jordan Scott

The number of supertall buildings, defined by CTBUH as being 984 feet (300 meters) or taller, completed in 2020 was 21, lower than 2019’s 26 buildings but still over 2018’s number at 18, which was a record at the time. 2020 was the first year since 2014 in which there wasn’t at least one building taller than 1,640 feet (500 meters) to be completed.

The tallest building completed last year was Central Park Tower in New York, at 1,548 feet (472 meters). This marks the first time in five years in which the tallest completed building was not in China. It’s the first time since 2014, when One World Trade Center in New York was completed, that the tallest building of the year is in the U.S.

Top Ten

The top ten tallest buildings completed in 2020 include:

1. Central Park Tower in New York City, U.S.: 1,550 feet (472 meters)

2. One Vanderbilt in New York City, U.S.: 1,401 feet (427 meters)

3. Nanning China Resources Tower in Nanning, China: 1,321 feet (403 meters)

4. Guiyang International Financial Center T1 in Guiyang, China: 1,316 feet (401 meters)

5. Shum Yip Upperhills Tower 1 in Shenzhen, China: 1,273 feet (388 meters)

6. Regis Chicago in Chicago, U.S.: 1,191 feet (363 meters)

7. Neva Towers 2 in Moscow, Russia: 1,132 feet (345 meters)

8. Heartland 66 Office Tower in Wuhan, China: 1,112 feet (339 meters)

9. Parc1 Tower I in Seoul, South Korea: 1,109 feet (338 meters)

10. Hengqin International Finance Center in Zhuhai, China: 1,108 feet (338 meters)

In the entire history of skyscraper construction, the two tallest buildings to complete in a given year (of 200 meters’ or greater height) have only occurred in the same city on ten occasions. New York had the two tallest buildings completed on four occasions: in 1930, 1931, 1963 and 2020. Other cities to have had this distinction include Chicago (1969 and 1989), Houston (1982 and 1983), Kuala Lumpur (1998), and Dubai (2000).

If you're gonna include Central Park Tower, you may as well include Steinway, at 1,428 ft.
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“Office buildings are our factories – whether for tech, creative or traditional industries we must continue to grow our modern factories to create new jobs,” said United States Senator Chuck Schumer.
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