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330 North Wabash
330 North Wabash
(formerly IBM
IBM
Plaza also known as IBM
IBM
Building and now renamed AMA Plaza) is a skyscraper in downtown Chicago, Illinois, United States, at 330 N. Wabash Avenue, designed by famed architect Ludwig Mies van der Rohe
Ludwig Mies van der Rohe
(who died in 1969 before construction began). A small bust of the architect by sculptor Marino Marini is displayed in the lobby. The 52-story building is situated on a plaza overlooking the Chicago
Chicago
River. At 695 feet (211.8 meters), 330 North Wabash
330 North Wabash
is the second-tallest building by Mies van der Rohe, the tallest being the Toronto-Dominion Bank Tower at Toronto-Dominion Centre. It was his last American building.[2] The building's original corporate namesake no longer owns nor has offices in the building. IBM
IBM
sold IBM
IBM
Plaza to the Blackstone Group
Blackstone Group
in 1996. IBM
IBM
all but completed its move out of IBM
IBM
Plaza as of early 2006, taking up space in the new Hyatt Center
Hyatt Center
building closer to Union Station. Current major tenants are the American Medical Association, Langham Chicago
Chicago
managed by Langham Hotels International, and law firm Latham & Watkins.[3] The former IBM
IBM
Plaza has several design features that are rare in an office building but understandable given its original owner. The building's electrical system, environmental system, floor strength, and ceiling height (on certain floors) can support large raised floor computing centers. With even more need to contain possible electrical fires, fire safety was especially important, and asbestos was one of the most useful fire prevention materials of that era. As with most other buildings of that era, asbestos abatement is an ongoing aspect of building life,[4] with air quality monitoring, asbestos "mapping," and opportunistic asbestos removal when feasible. Also, given IBM's traditional office hours, large number of workers, and commercial interest in marketing then emerging electronic building control systems (notably the IBM
IBM
Series/1 and its predecessors), the "banked" intelligent passenger elevator system (with separate all-floor cargo elevators) is significantly over-provisioned for a building of its size and rarely keeps anyone waiting long for service. IBM
IBM
Plaza stayed dry during the 1992 Chicago
Chicago
Flood. In 2007, plans were announced to convert floors two through thirteen of the 52-story building into a high-end hotel. The Langham, Chicago which opened in 2013, occupying floors two through thirteen. The Langham Hotel in the building was named the best hotel in the United States by US News
US News
in 2017.[5] The building was declared a Chicago Landmark on February 6, 2008 and added to the National Register of Historic Places on March 26, 2010. It is also the newest building in Chicago
Chicago
in terms of age on both lists. On December 9, 2011, the American Medical Association
American Medical Association
announced it would move its headquarters and entire workforce to 330 N. Wabash from its previous headquarters on State Street. The move occurred in September 2013 and the building was renamed AMA Plaza.[6]

Contents

1 Position in Chicago's skyline 2 Gallery 3 In film 4 Former Tenants 5 See also 6 References 7 External links

Position in Chicago's skyline[edit]

Gallery[edit]

The sign of the plaza in 2006

In film[edit]

The building is seen briefly in the film The Corporation This building is used in The Dark Knight, where it is the location of Harvey Dent's and Mayor Anthony Garcia's offices.

Former Tenants[edit]

Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce IBM Mercury Records
Mercury Records
- moved to New York City when consolidated into PolyGram Records, now part of Universal Music Group

See also[edit]

List of buildings List of skyscrapers List of tallest buildings
List of tallest buildings
in Chicago List of tallest buildings
List of tallest buildings
in the United States World's tallest structures

References[edit]

^ "Announcements and actions on properties for the National Register of Historic Places for March 26, 2010". Weekly Listings. National Park Service. March 26, 2010. Retrieved March 29, 2010.  ^ Kamin, Blair (May 11, 2005). "Another perspective: views around the worksites". Chicago
Chicago
Tribune. Archived from the original on May 6, 2008. Retrieved May 9, 2008.  ^ “ IBM
IBM
Plaza in Chicago”, IBM
IBM
Archives. IBM.com (Retrieved 2019-01-29.) ^ SEC Form 8-K Filing  ^ Rackl, Lori (February 3, 2017). "Chicago's Langham named best U.S. hotel". Chicago
Chicago
Tribune. p. Section 2, page 3.  ^ " IBM
IBM
building to get new tenant, name: AMA Plaza". Chicago
Chicago
Tribune. December 9, 2011. 

External links[edit]

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