With the Frami universal panel system columns can be formed using a 2-inch grid.
With the Frami universal panel system columns can be formed using a 2-inch grid.

After years of planning, construction of a prominent building in Russia has begun. In the center of “Moscow City”—an emerging residential and business quarter only four kilometers from the Kremlin—the Mirax “Federation” Tower will become a dominant sight. The tall twin towers were designed by a German-Russian team. After completion in 2007, the complex will not only house offices and luxury apartments with a total floor space of more than 400,000 square meters, but it will also be the tallest building in Europe. It is being built with MEVA form-work systems.

The Turkish construction company ANT YAPI decided to use MEVA formwork systems on this half-billion dollar complex. Based on triangular footprints, the two glass-clad towers will face each other—one 342 meters tall, the other 240 meters. Both are attached to a stiletto-like core spire (for elevator and stair shafts) which will soar 440 meters into the Moscow sky. At present, one story is completed every three days.

When complete, the Mirax Tower will be Europe's tallest building.
When complete, the Mirax Tower will be Europe's tallest building.

The cores of the 57-story tower B are formed with standard Mammut wall formwork. The plastic-faced (alkus) Mammut panels are also used on a customer-owned self-climbing construction. The decisive arguments in favor of the Mammut system were its high load capacity, rigidity, quality, positive experiences on earlier projects, and efficiency.

In addition, the advantages of the alkus plastic facing had a positive effect on the decision. Whereas plywood facings would require numerous replacements, the Mammut panels can be used throughout the complete construction time and even far beyond without the need to ever change the plastic facing. Also, the alkus facing is totally resistant to the expected dramatic weather changes. Meva. 866-367-6382. www.mevaformwork.com.