U.S. Bank Center
Structure in General
- The Hotel Martin formerly stood on the northwest corner of this site.
- The building's podium spans East Michigan Street, connecting to a large parking structure on the adjacent block to the south.
- The building won a Distinguished Building Award in 1974 from the Chicago chapter of the American Institute of Architects.
- The building was built for the First Wisconsin National Bank, which moved in from the CityCenter at 735 a few blocks to the northwest.
- The lobby is an enormous skylit galleria with two-story windows and liberally planted Indian laurel fig trees.
- The building was designed with the possibility of connecting future additions at the lobby level.
- The building's site slopes 15 feet from Michigan Street up to Wisconsin Avenue.
- The exposed trusses on the tower are echoed by long trusses under the suspended lobby floor.
- The exterior is 66% glass, with a total of 5,000 windows.
- US Bank Center is one of the engineering marvels of Fazlur Khan, the famous structural engineer of the John Hancock Center and Sears Tower.
- This building is connected by skyway to the Lewis Center and Juneau Square North.
- The structural system consists of a framed tube with belt trusses at three levels, similar to a system developed for 140 William Street in Melbourne.
- The foundation uses 500 steel H-piles capable of holding 640 tons each; this capacity allowed the structure to circumvent a building code which required a 100-ton limit on each pile.
- This has been the tallest building in Milwaukee and in Wisconsin since its completion, surpassing Milwaukee City Hall by over 200 feet.
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Features & Amenities
- One of the city's famous buildings