Texas A&M grad Adrian Smith worked with SMO during the project that was officially opened on January 4, 2010. Some key points of interest include that the Burj Khalifa includes residential portions, office space, a hotel, many restaurants, roughly twice the height of the Empire State Building, took 22-millions man labor hours, and cost $1.5 billion dollars. Many other interesting facts can be found here.
What is quite notable about the Burj Khalifa is that it is a building that functions at net-zero. This meaning that energy in equals the energy out, or self-/sustaining. And with this mindset, comes the buildings and organizations statement. When John Jacob Raskob and Lamb and Harmon erected the Empire State Building they were in a "a race for the sky." By accomplishing there task their statement was quite simply, America the Great. However, with Burj Khalifa and being self-sustaining, their statement was for a more eco-friendly environmental aware world. When the world was fresh into the going green movement, having the world's tallest building signified the movement and made it known that it is accomplishable.