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U.S. Bank Center

Identification

U.S. Bank Center
Firstar Center, First Wisconsin Center
122412

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Structure in General

skyscraper
existing [completed]
trussed tube
steel
pile foundation
aluminum
curtain wall
white
modernism

Usages

commercial office

Facts

  • 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 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.
  • The lobby is an enormous skylit galleria with two-story windows and liberally planted Indian laurel fig trees.
  • The exterior is 66% glass, with a total of 5,000 windows.
  • The building's site slopes 15 feet from Michigan Street up to Wisconsin Avenue.
  • 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 exposed trusses on the tower are echoed by long trusses under the suspended lobby floor.
  • The building was designed with the possibility of connecting future additions at the lobby level.
  • US Bank Center is one of the engineering marvels of Fazlur Khan, the famous structural engineer of the John Hancock Center and Sears Tower.
  • The building was built for the First Wisconsin National Bank, which moved in from the CityCenter at 735 a few blocks to the northwest.
  • This building is connected by skyway to the Lewis Center and Juneau Square North.

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Location

701-777 East Wisconsin Avenue
700-770 East Michigan Street, 600-644 North Van Buren Street, 601-647 North Cass Street
777 East Wisconsin Avenue
53202
US Bank Center
Juneau Town
Downtown
Milwaukee
Wisconsin
U.S.A.

Technical Data

183.19 m
183.19 m
183.19 m
42
1973

Involved Companies


Fitzhugh Scott

Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP

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Features & Amenities

  • One of the city's famous buildings
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