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United Building

77 West Wacker Drive
Chicago IL United States

Status:built
Construction Dates
  Began1990
  Finished1992
Floor Count49
Basement Floors2
Building Uses
 - office
Structural Types
 - highrise
Architectural Style
 - postmodern
Materials
 - copper
 - glass
 - steel
 - stone
 - wood
 - marble
 - granite
 - concrete, reinforced

 Heights ValueSource / Comments 
Roof668 ft

Description
• Architect: DeStefano & Goettsch, Ricardo Bofill Taller de Arquitectura.

• Major Tenants: United Airlines, Microsoft.

• Originally named the R.R. Donnelley Building as it was headquarters to the RR Donnelley Printing Company until 2005. As of 2007, 77 West Wacker Drive is now headquarters for Chicago-Based United Airlines, naming it the United Building.

• The metal roof was painted green before the copper would naturally fade into a green color.

• While most buildings lack a 13th story due to superstition, the United Building lacks a 49th floor, so it could have a 50th floor.

• Won the Best Structure Award from the Structural Engineers Association of Illinois in 1992.

• Prominently featured in the 1998 film, The Negotiator, starring Samuel L. Jackson and Kevin Spacey, Directed by F. Gary Gray.

• Building architect's Sculpture named "Twisted Columns" is in lobby's east end. It is a 3 twisted white stone columns in a black reflecting pool. On west side of lobby has another stone sculpture, "Three Lawyers and a Judge" by Catalan artist Xavier Corberó, among other 2 big sculptures and bamboo trees in middle of lobby with classical columns stone grooved walls and Mediterranean Marble, while exterior used silver glass and Portuguese white granite.

• Its exterior is strong iluminated at night with 540 high-intensity lamps.

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