Inland Steel Building
Structure in General
- The facade consists of stainless steel and dual glazed green tinted windows with a vertical accentuation.
- Like the columns, the 25-story service core (holding elevators and utilities) is set outside the main building envelope.
- Designated as an architectural landmark in 1999.
- The building occupies sixty-six percent of its site, with the attached service tower on the east side leaving room for loading areas and a small plaza.
- The structural steel framing includes sixty-foot girders spanning the office floors and supporting the beams and steel decking.
- The steel piling foundation is an unusual exception for Chicago skyscrapers, which normally use concrete caissons.
- This headquarters building was the first major structure in the Chicago Loop in more than twenty years.
- The design was started by Walter Netsch of SOM, and carried out by his colleague Bruce Graham.
- A wire sculpture by Richard Lippold titled "Radiant I" is the centerpiece of the lobby. The artwork spans a shallow reflecting pool.
- The office floors are supported entirely by 7 columns on the east and west sides. These are set outside the building's perimeter, so the office spaces are completely open across the whole floor.
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Features & Amenities
- One of the city's famous buildings
- City landmark