St. Louis Construction News & Review (CNR)

News | 06/21/2011

HOK Designs Tallest Cincinnati Building

The HOK-designed Great American Tower at Queen City Square - with 41 stories the tallest structure on the Cincinnati skyline - has been dedicated. The shimmering addition to downtown Cincinnati was built by Eagle Realty Group, a subsidiary of Western & Southern Financial Group.

It is named for lead tenant, The Great American Insurance Company. Designed by HOK/St. Louis, it is topped by a tiara-like crown that when lit, brightens the nighttime sky.

Designed to achieve LEED Gold Certification, the 1.089-million square-foot mixed-use tower overlooks The Great American Ballpark and presents dramatic views of the Cincinnati riverfront. It features;

  • The tiara element, which consists of white-painted steel tubes illuminated by rooftop floodlights.
  • A grand rotunda entry leading to a bi-level, 25,000-square-foot retail arcade and with access to 28 elevators.
  • A six-foot thick mat foundation substructure supported by 304 auger-cast piles upon which a concrete core and structural steel frame rests. A total of 6,300 cubic yards of concrete was used to form the mat foundation.
  • An exterior that blends glass and aluminum panels.
  • ·Column-free floors for maximum open floor planning.
  • ·A 1,200-vehicle parking garage.

The building was dedicated May 26 at the Queen City Ball, a charity event which benefited the Barrett Cancer Center and the Lindner Center of HOPE.