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U.S. Bank Center

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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

601.01 ft
601.01 ft
601.01 ft
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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