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Encyclopedia > Aon Center (Chicago)
Aon Center
Information
Location 200 East Randolph Street
Chicago, Illinois
Status Complete
Constructed 1970-1972
Opening 1973
Use Office
Height
Roof 346 m (1,136 ft)
Technical details
Floor count 83 aboveground
5 belowground
Floor area 334,448 m²
3,600,000 sq. ft.
Elevator count 50
Cost $120,000,000 (USD)
Companies
Architect Edward Durell Stone
Contractor Turner Construction
Developer Standard Oil of Indiana

The Aon Center (200 East Randolph Street) is a modern skyscraper in Chicago designed by architect Edward Durell Stone and completed in 1973 as the Standard Oil Building.[1] With 83 floors and a height of 346 m (1,136 ft), it is the second tallest building in Chicago, surpassed in height only by the Sears Tower. It is the third tallest in the United States behind the Empire State Building and the 15th tallest in the world. The building is managed by Jones Lang LaSalle. Image File history File links Size of this preview: 336 × 600 pixelsFull resolution (840 × 1500 pixels, file size: 161 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) File historyClick on a date/time to view the file as it appeared at that time. ... Randolph Street is a street in Chicago, Illinois, USA. It runs east-west through the Chicago Loop, carrying westbound traffic west from Michigan Avenue across the Chicago River on the Randolph Street Bridge, interchanging with the Kennedy Expressway (I-90/I-94), and continuing west. ... Nickname: Motto: Urbs in Horto (Latin: City in a Garden), I Will Location in the Chicago metro area and Illinois Coordinates: , Country State Counties Cook, DuPage Settled 1770s Incorporated March 4, 1837 Government  - Mayor Richard M. Daley (D) Area  - City  234. ... Official language(s) English[1] Capital Springfield Largest city Chicago Largest metro area Chicago Metropolitan Area Area  Ranked 25th  - Total 57,918 sq mi (140,998 km²)  - Width 210 miles (340 km)  - Length 390 miles (629 km)  - % water 4. ... Year 1970 ([[Rf 1970 == January 1 - The Unix epoch begins at 00:00:00 UTC January 2 - The last studio performance of The Beatles oman numerals|MCMLXX]]) was a common year starting on Thursday (link shows full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1972 (MCMLXXII) was a leap year starting on Saturday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... For the song by James Blunt, see 1973 (song). ... The United States dollar is the official currency of the United States. ... Edward Durell Stone (1902 Fayetteville, Arkansas - 1978 New York City) was an American modernist twentieth century architect. ... Turner Construction Company is one of the largest construction management companies in the United States. ... Amoco was a United States oil company formed from the dissolution of Standard Oil. ... Randolph Street is a street in Chicago, Illinois, USA. It runs east-west through the Chicago Loop, carrying westbound traffic west from Michigan Avenue across the Chicago River on the Randolph Street Bridge, interchanging with the Kennedy Expressway (I-90/I-94), and continuing west. ... Nickname: Motto: Urbs in Horto (Latin: City in a Garden), I Will Location in the Chicago metro area and Illinois Coordinates: , Country State Counties Cook, DuPage Settled 1770s Incorporated March 4, 1837 Government  - Mayor Richard M. Daley (D) Area  - City  234. ... Edward Durell Stone (1902 Fayetteville, Arkansas - 1978 New York City) was an American modernist twentieth century architect. ... Nickname: Motto: Urbs in Horto (Latin: City in a Garden), I Will Location in the Chicago metro area and Illinois Coordinates: , Country State Counties Cook, DuPage Settled 1770s Incorporated March 4, 1837 Government  - Mayor Richard M. Daley (D) Area  - City  234. ... The Sears Tower is a skyscraper in Chicago, Illinois. ... The Empire State Building is a 102-story Art Deco skyscraper in New York City, New York at the intersection of Fifth Avenue and West 34th Street. ... Jones Lang LaSalle is a leading global provider of integrated real estate and money management services. ...

Contents

History

The Aon Center from the Sears Tower Skydeck.

The Standard Oil Building was constructed as the new headquarters of the Standard Oil Company of Indiana, which had previously been housed at South Michigan Avenue and East 9th Street. When it was completed in 1973 it was the tallest building in Chicago and the fourth-tallest in the world, earning it the nickname "Big Stan".[2] (A year later, the Sears Tower took the title as Chicago's tallest.) The building employs a tubular steel-framed structural system with V-shaped perimeter columns to resist earthquakes, reduce sway, minimize column bending, and maximize column-free space. Image File history File links Metadata Size of this preview: 450 × 600 pixelsFull resolution (1932 × 2576 pixels, file size: 800 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) The Aon Center from the Sears Tower Skydeck. ... Image File history File links Metadata Size of this preview: 450 × 600 pixelsFull resolution (1932 × 2576 pixels, file size: 800 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) The Aon Center from the Sears Tower Skydeck. ... The Sears Tower is a skyscraper in Chicago, Illinois. ... The American Oil Company, or Amoco, was a global chemical and oil company, founded in Baltimore in 1910 and incorporated in 1922 by Louis Blaustein and his son Jacob, but now part of BP. The firms early innovations include the gasoline tanker truck and the drive-through filling station. ... The Sears Tower is a skyscraper in Chicago, Illinois. ... Global earthquake epicenters, 1963–1998. ...


When completed, it was the world's tallest marble-clad building, being sheathed entirely with 43,000 slabs of Italian Carrara marble. This quickly proved to be an unsuitable cladding for the harsh Chicago winters. In 1974, just a year after completion, one of the marble slabs detached from the façade and penetrated the roof of the nearby Prudential Center Annex. To alleviate the problem, stainless steel straps were added to hold the marble in place.[2] Later, from 1990 to 1992, the entire building was refaced with Mount Airy white granite at an estimated cost of over $80 million.[1][3] (Amoco was reticent to divulge the actual amount, but it was well over half the original price of the building, without adjustment for inflation.) The discarded marble was crushed and used as landscaping decoration at Amoco's refinery in Whiting, Indiana.[1] For other uses, see Marble (disambiguation). ... Carrara is a city in the Massa Carrara province of Tuscany, Italy, famous for the white or blue_gray marble quarried there. ... Year 1974 (MCMLXXIV) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link will display full calendar) of the 1974 Gregorian calendar. ... Mount Airy is a city in Surry County, North Carolina, United States. ... For other uses, see granite (disambiguation). ... Whiting is a city in Lake County, Indiana, United States. ...


The Standard Oil Building was renamed the Amoco Building when the company changed names in 1985. In 1998, Amoco sold the building to The Blackstone Group for an undisclosed amount, estimated to be between $430 and $440 million.[1][2] It was renamed as the Aon Center on December 30, 1999, although the Aon Corporation would not become the building's primary tenant until September 2001.[4] In May 2003, Wells Real Estate Investment Trust, Inc. acquired the building for between $465 and $475 million.[5][1] This article is about the year. ... Year 1998 (MCMXCVIII) was a common year starting on Thursday (link will display full 1998 Gregorian calendar). ... is the 364th day of the year (365th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... This article is about the year. ...

Looking up
Looking up

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Exterior lighting

In the early 1980s, the lights in selected offices in the building were turned on to form a huge cross during the Christmas season.[citation needed] In recent years, the top floors of the building have been lit at night with colors to reflect a particular season or holiday. Orange is used for Thanksgiving, green or red for Christmas, and pink during Cancer Awareness Month. The lighting commonly matches the nighttime lighting on the antenna of the Sears Tower and the upper floors of the Merchandise Mart. For other uses, see Christmas (disambiguation). ... The art of diplomacy, painted by Jean Leon Gerome Ferris (1863-1930). ... Cancer is a class of diseases or disorders characterized by uncontrolled division of cells and the ability of these to spread, either by direct growth into adjacent tissue through invasion, or by implantation into distant sites by metastasis (where cancer cells are transported through the bloodstream or lymphatic system). ... A Yagi-Uda beam antenna Short Wave Curtain Antenna (Moosbrunn, Austria) A building rooftop supporting numerous dish and sectored mobile telecommunications antennas (Doncaster, Victoria, Australia) An antenna is a transducer designed to transmit or receive radio waves which are a class of electromagnetic waves. ... The Chicago Merchandise Mart North side of the Merchandise Mart Behind the Merchandise Mart A display inside the Merchandise Mart The Merchandise Mart is one of the largest commercial buildings in the world, located in Chicago, Illinois. ...


Plaza

In the plaza, there is a Sounding Sculpture by Harry Bertoia. Harry Bertoia (b. ...


Tenants

Aon is the building’s largest tenant, subleasing from BP.[citation needed] It leases a rentable 47,852 m² (515,083 sq. ft.), or 20.60% of the building. To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ... This article is about the energy corporation. ...

  • BP
  • Kirkland & Ellis
  • DDB Worldwide
  • Element 79
  • Jones Lang LaSalle
  • Daniel Edelman Inc.
  • LocalLaunch! Inc.
  • ThoughtWorks
  • R.H. Donnelly
  • Strata Decision Technology
  • Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce
  • The Mid-America Club

This article is about the energy corporation. ... Kirkland & Ellis LLP is a United States law firm based in Chicago with additional offices in New York, Washington, DC, Los Angeles, San Francisco, London and Munich and plans to open a Hong Kong office in the fall of 2006. ... Jones Lang LaSalle is a leading global provider of integrated real estate and money management services. ... The Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce is the largest association of businesses in Illinois, dedicated to the success of their 2,600 members and their 1. ...

Notes

  1. ^ a b c d e Emporis, Aon Center, Chicago, <http://www.emporis.com/en/wm/bu/?id=aoncenter-chicago-il-usa>. Retrieved on 2007-09-25
  2. ^ a b c Glass Steel and Stone, Aon Center, <http://www.glasssteelandstone.com/BuildingDetail/625.php>. Retrieved on 2007-09-25
  3. ^ McMillan, Greg (2007-06-12), "Two buildings, two cities, one problem", The Globe and Mail (Toronto), <http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/LAC.20070612.PRMARBLE12/TPStory/Business>. Retrieved on 2007-09-25
  4. ^ Business Wire, ADVISORY/Chicago Landmark Office Tower Officially Renamed Aon Center During Unveiling Ceremony, <http://www.thefreelibrary.com/ADVISORY%2FChicago+Landmark+Office+Tower+Officially+Renamed+Aon+Center...-a058415200>. Retrieved on 2007-09-25
  5. ^ Miller Cicero, LLC (2003-10-07), Trophy Building Sale Sets New Record, <http://www.millercicero.com/press/files-view.php?ViewNode=1066154585cVxrI>. Retrieved on 2007-09-25

Position in Chicago's skyline

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