Thornton Tomasetti was the structural engineer for Great American
Tower, Cincinnati’s tallest building. The 41-story high-rise contains a
525,000-square-foot, 1,700-car parking garage on 11 levels; an 825,000-
square-foot, 33-level office tower above a portion of the garage; and a
public promenade with 25,000 square feet of retail space.
The building’s core and exterior have been built using environmentally
friendly and efficient practices, earning it LEED Gold and making the
tower Cincinnati’s greenest building. The structural skeleton includes
5,800 tons of structural steel and more than 63,000 cubic yards of
concrete. Two thousand glass and aluminum panels comprise the tower’s
Office floors are column-free, affording tenants flexibility for future office
reconfigurations, and floor-to-ceiling windows provide generous
daylighting to the open space. Aligned floors connect Great American
Tower to 303 Broadway at Queen City Square, a mid-rise structure for
which Thornton Tomasetti was also the structural engineer.
Thornton Tomasetti was the specialty engineer to Great American
Tower’s prime steel contractor for the skyscraper’s crown, a 400-ton tiara.
The award-winning 130-foot-tall by 150-foot-wide exposed steel, elliptical
tiara brings the building height to 665 feet. Thornton Tomasetti provided
integrated modeling services, including a fully developed Tekla model,
connection design and shop drawings.
Location: Cincinnati, Ohio
Owner: Port of Greater Cincinnati Development Authority
Area: 1,350,000 sf
Completion Date: 2011