UBS Investment Bank in Stamford, Ct. Courtesy Skidmore, Owings & Merrill.



This three-phase project consisted of three 15-story office towers and a nine-story trading facility with several levels of parking. To consolidate all of UBS Investment Bank’s operations in one location, 2,200 employees were relocated from multiple sites in Manhattan to this Stamford headquarters. As headquarters for the world’s second largest bank, the project stands prestigious yet functional.

The most significant function of the complex is the trading operation, which spans 144 feet by 240 feet, making it the world’s largest in the clear-span trading floor. Architecturally exposed king-post trusses from adjustment devices such as turn buckles and clevises required a high degree of accuracy and minimal construction tolerances.

The project was broken into two separate buildings by an expansion joint between the office tower and the parking/trading building; the size of this seismic separation was governed by the revised seismic requirements from the 1998 Amendments to the BOCA Building Code.

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