Thursday, July 8, 2010

Tallest Building In The World

Hours spent reading about buildings on Wikipedia.  Here's what my research has found:

The Burj Khalifa (aka Burj Dubai) is ridiculously tall.  At 2,717 ft it's taller than 17 state highpoints.

FloridaLakewood (Britton Hill)345
Washington, DCFort Reno410
DelawareEbright Azimuth448
LouisianaDriskill Mountain535
MississippiWoodall Mountain806
Rhode IslandJerimoth Hill812
IllinoisCharles Mound1,235
IndianaHoosier Hill1,257
OhioCampbell Hill1,550
IowaHawkeye Point1,670
MissouriTaum Sauk1,772
New JerseyHigh Point1,803
WisconsinTimms Hill1,951
MichiganMount Arvon1,979
MinnesotaEagle Mountain2,301
ConnecticutMount Frissell (South Slope)2,380
AlabamaCheaha Mountain2,407

Its height exceeds the vertical climb of 36 highpoints (Florida, Washington, DC, Delaware, Mississippi, Ohio, Alabama, Pennsylvania, Kansas, Kentucky, Nebraska, Iowa, Indiana, Massachusetts, West Virginia, New Hampshire, Rhode Island , Missouri, South Carolina, New Jersey, North Carolina, Wisconsin, Louisiana, Arkansas, Hawaii, Illinois, Michigan, Tennessee, North Dakota, Georgia, Connecticut, Vermont , Minnesota, Maryland, Oklahoma, Virginia, South Dakota).

Next, Philadelphia continues to disappoint me.  Its tallest building doesn't even break 1000 ft.
Comcast Center is a skyscraper in Center City, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States. The 58-story, 975 feet (297 m) tower is the tallest building in Philadelphia and the fifteenth tallest building in the United States.
However, what I find really interesting is this.  "Leasing 1,094,212 square feet (100,000 m2), Comcast takes up 89 percent of the building."  That's equivalent to a square 1046 ft on a side.  Or, as the ever helpful Google tells me, 185 football fields.
The history of the world's tallest building is always fun to look at.  However, today I noticed something I hadn't noticed before.  The Washington Monument, in 1884, was the first non religious building to be the world's tallest.  Since then, no religious building has been the tallest.

Also I discovered this, which at first I thought was ridiculous.  But, now I think it is pretty sweet, although still ridiculous.

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