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U.S. Bank Center


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


Structure in General

existing [completed]
trussed tube
pile foundation
curtain wall


commercial office


  • 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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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
US Bank Center
Juneau Town

Technical Data

601.01 ft
601.01 ft
601.01 ft

Involved Companies

Fitzhugh Scott

Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP
MEP engineering, antenna site management, construction company, fire protection engineering, general contractor, lighting consultant, owner, steel supplier, structural engineering, surveyor

Features & Amenities

  • One of the city's famous buildings
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