- Bank of America Center (Houston)
Bank of America Center Alternative names RepublicBank Center
General information Type Commercial office Location 700 Louisiana Street
Coordinates Coordinates: Completed October 1983  Height Roof 780 feet (240 m) Technical details Floor count 56 Floor area 1,250,000 sq ft (116,000 m2)  Elevator count 32 Design and construction Owner M-M Properties
General Electric Pension Trust affiliate
Management PM Realty Group Architect Philip Johnson
Developer Hines Interests Structural engineer CBM Engineers, Inc.
The Bank of America Center is a highrise representing one of the first significant examples of postmodern architecture construction in downtown Houston, Texas. Formerly the RepublicBank Center, NCNB Center, and NationsBank Center the building was completed in October 1983 and designed by award winning architect Philip Johnson and partner John Burgee and is reminiscent of the Dutch Gothic architecture of canal houses in The Netherlands. It has three segmented tower setbacks, each with " a steeply pitched gabled roofline that is topped off with spires". The tower was developed by Hines Interests and is owned by a joint venture of M-M Properties and an affiliate of the General Electric Pension Trust.
The banking center is housed in a separate building, due to construction problems, and has a three storey lobby. The building contains an art gallery in the lobby and plans to host curated exhibitions such as art shows.
At 56 stories the Bank of America Center is the 51st tallest building in the United States and is the seventh tallest building in Texas.
The northeast corner of the structure houses a building within a building. On the site is the main Western Union building and when relocation of the telegraph cables proved infeasible new structure was built over the site and the existing structure was incorporated into the new building intact.
On June 9, 2001, the building was the site of a tragic accident that took place during Tropical Storm Allison. Building security warned individuals that the below grade parking levels were in danger of flooding and instructed persons working late in the building to move vehicles to upper levels of the garage. Kristie Tautenhahn, an employee of the law firm Mayer, Brown & Platt, went to move her vehicle parked on sub-level 3 at 10:30 UTC (05:30 CDT) which by that time was completely submerged. She drowned in an elevator car when it filled with water as it descended to the lower floor of the garage.
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Skyscrapers in Houston Completed
JPMorgan Chase Tower · Wells Fargo Plaza · Williams Tower · Bank of America Center · Heritage Plaza · Enterprise Plaza · CenterPoint Energy Plaza · Continental Center I · Fulbright Tower · One Shell Plaza · 1400 Smith Street · Three Allen Center · One Houston Center · First City Tower · San Felipe Plaza · ExxonMobil Building · 1500 Louisiana Street · America Tower · Two Houston Center · Marathon Oil Tower · Wedge International Tower · KBR Tower · Pennzoil Place · Devon Energy Tower · Reliant Energy Plaza · Total Plaza · The Huntingdon · El Paso Energy Building · Five Greenway Plaza · Calpine Center · One Allen Center · Four Leaf Towers I · Four Leaf Towers II · Eleven Greenway Plaza · Nine Greenway Plaza · Phoenix Tower · Memorial Hermann Medical Plaza · JPMorgan Chase Building · The Spires · 1330 Post Oak Boulevard · Niels Esperson Building · One City Centre · Bob Lanier Public Works Building · Hyatt Regency Houston · The Mercer West Tower · One Park Place · Memorial by Windsor · 2727 Kirby · 1200 Travis
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