100 North Riverside Plaza
National Honor Award, 1993, AIA
Distinguished Building Award, 1992, AIA, Chicago Chapter
Certificate of Merit Interior Architecture, 1991, AIA Chicago Chapter
Most Innovative Structure, 1990, Structural Engineers Association of Illinois
The design for this 36-story high-rise allows varied program requirements to be expressed throughout separate components that solve functional problems. The site is an air-rights site over an operating railroad yard, situated along the west side of the Chicago River, and across from the downtown "Loop." The program consists of a leasable 23-story tower, a 6-story data center for Illinois Bell Telephone with higher floor-to-floor height requirements, a parking garage for 435 cars and a street-level restaurant.
Developed in response to the clearance requirements of commuter rail lines crossing the site, the structural system uses steel trusses to support the suspended southwest corner of the 36-story, 1,100,000 square foot building. The success of this system earned the Structural Engineers Association of Illinois' "Most Innovative" Design Award.