Great American Tower at Queen City Square Cincinnati, OH

Client Hellmuth, Obata + Kassabaum (HOK)

Size 1,000,000 SF

Cost $322 Million

Completed  January 2011

Services Building Code / Life Safety Consultation

The project includes the following:

  •     41 stories – 665 feet tall (tallest building in Cincinnati)
  •     800,000+ SF of office space on 33 floors
  •     20,000-26,000 SF floor plates     19 high-speed elevators
  •     2,200+ parking spaces in a 11-level parking garage

CCI provided an overall project concept approach that addressed the numerous fire protection and life safety issues of the project:

  1. CCI developed concepts to allow the Great American Tower and the existing 303 Broadway building to be considered as a single building having different construction types without separation between the buildings.

  2. The single building concepts included developing criteria for a smoke containment system, an enhanced means of egress design and enhanced fire suppression system design.

  3. CCI proposed a successful concept to allow the structure of the Tiara, the signature architectural feature at the top of the building, to be constructed of unprotected steel. The Tiara extends approximately 120 feet above the building’s highest roof surface.

  4. Important issues regarding numerous other fire protection and life safety concerns, such as floor opening design, coordination of the fire alarm systems serving the Great American Tower and 303 Broadway, and implementation of the fire department radio amplification system were also successfully resolved.