GP’s Bank of America Tower received AIA Chicago’s inaugural Lerch Bates People’s Choice Award in the Tall Building category. Presented in partnership with the Chicago Architecture Center, the award was officially announced at the Designight ceremony on September 12 in a free public event held at the Jay Pritzker Pavilion in Millennium Park. Voting for the People's Choice Award took place online for two weeks prior to the event and encouraged the public to choose among finalists in eight categories.
Developed by The Howard Hughes Corporation and Riverside Investment & Development, and built by Clark Construction Group, Bank of America Tower is a 56-story Class A office building totaling 1,770,000 square feet. Interior space planning is enhanced by the five-foot setbacks along the river, providing the equivalent of 14 corner offices. The design provides a 45-foot-wide riverwalk that is covered, but effectively open to the sky, 55 feet above. Three large, tree-like structural elements spaced 90 feet apart transfer out the tower columns along the river and further open the site. The result is a landscaped, covered walkway that connects two very important pedestrian paths and maintains an effectively unobstructed river view.