José Marques, APR
Media Relations Manager
Western & Southern Financial Group
Mail Station 90
400 Broadway Street
Cincinnati, OH 45202
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
José D. Marques
Eagle Realty Group
Great American Tower Recognized as a Top Skyscraper in the World
One of only two United States structures recognized
CINCINNATI December 7, 2012 Great American Tower at Queen City Square was the highest-ranked office building in the United States by the Emporis Skyscraper Award. Overall, Great American Tower was ranked fourth among the top 10 skyscrapers in the world.
Every year since 2000, Emporis’ expert international jury recognizes 10 skyscrapers completed in the previous calendar year. According to Emporis, a panel of architecture experts from all over the world judge nominated buildings based on aesthetic and functional design criteria and then rank them accordingly. The winners were chosen from more than 220 skyscrapers completed in 2011.
The 41-story Great American Tower rises 665 feet and is the tallest building in Cincinnati. Completed in January 2011 and 90 percent leased, it is the second phase of the Queen City Square project developed by Eagle Realty Group, a member of Western & Southern Financial Group. It was designed by Gyo Obata of Hellmuth, Obata & Kassabaum.
“We are extremely proud of this recognition,” said John F. Barrett, chairman, president and chief executive officer of Western & Southern. “Our enthusiasm for downtown Cincinnati and the well being of our entire region is what drives us to undertake projects like Queen City Square and Great American Tower.”
The overall winner of this year»s Emporis Skyscraper Award was 8 Spruce Street in New York City, a residential building designed by Frank Gehry. Great American Tower is the only other skyscraper in the United States being recognized this year. The other eight buildings are located in Asia, Europe and Central America.
“Ever since we started planning this project, we wanted to make a statement about Cincinnati,” said Mario San Marco, president of Eagle Realty Group. “We believe that our vision for the tower serving as a catalyst for future economic development and civic pride has been achieved. This recognition by Emporis underscores the impact that Great American Tower has had on the Cincinnati skyline and Western & Southern’s efforts to increase the vibrancy of our city.”
For more information about the award and criteria, visit the Emporis website.
Emporis is a leading database of information about building and construction projects, based in Germany. For over a decade Emporis has helped companies, organizations and individuals stay informed about the building industry. The Emporis Skyscraper Award is the world’s most renowned prize for high-rise architecture.
About Great American Tower at Queen City Square
Queen City Square is a development of Eagle Realty Group, a member of Western & Southern Financial Group (Western & Southern), and is cosponsored by Eagle Realty Group’s funding partners, the Port of Greater Cincinnati Development Authority and the City of Cincinnati. Construction was the responsibility of Turner Construction. The Great American Tower at Queen City Square, which opened in January 2011, was the second phase of an office, parking and retail complex located on Sycamore Street between Third and Fourth streets in downtown Cincinnati. Construction of the project comprised three major components: a 1,600-car parking garage on 11 levels; an 800,000 sq. ft., 33-level office tower above a portion of the garage; and a public pedestrian/walking area with retail space. The tower is adjacent and connected to 303 Broadway, an office building also developed by Eagle Realty Group in 2006. 303 Broadway contains about 188,500 square feet of office space and a 650-car parking garage. In its entirety, the Queen City Square complex contains 1 million square feet of office and retail space and 2,300 parking spaces and required a total investment of about $400 million from Western & Southern.
About Western & Southern Financial Group
Western & Southern Financial Group (Western & Southern) is a Cincinnati-based Fortune 500 diversified family of financial services companies with assets owned and managed in excess of $55 billion as of Sept. 30, 2012. Western & Southern’s six life insurance companies (The Western and Southern Life Insurance Company; Western-Southern Life Assurance Company; Columbus Life Insurance Company; Integrity Life Insurance Company; The Lafayette Life Insurance Company; and National Integrity Life Insurance Company) maintain the following ratings for financial strength: Standard & Poor’s AA+ Very Strong (currently the highest rating held by any life insurance company and making Western & Southern one of the eight highest-rated life insurance groups in the world), A.M. Best A+ Superior, Fitch AA Very Strong and Moody’s1 Aa3 Excellent. All of Western & Southern’s life insurance companies have a Comdex Ranking of 97. With a heritage dating to 1888, the group’s affiliates also include Eagle Realty Group, LLC; Fort Washington Investment Advisors, Inc.;2 IFS Financial Services, Inc.; Peppertree Partners LLC,2 Touchstone Advisors, Inc.;2 Touchstone Securities, Inc.;3 W&S Brokerage Services, Inc.,3 and W&S Financial Group Distributors, Inc. For more information, visit www.westernsouthern.com. Western & Southern is the title sponsor of the Western & Southern Open (www.wsopen.com) tennis tournament, a premier event in the U.S. Open Series featuring the world’s top-ranked professional male and female players.
1 Lafayette Life is not rated by Moody’s.
2 A registered investment advisor.
3 A registered broker-dealer and member FINRA/SIPC.
Ratings are current as of Dec. 1, 2012, and refer to the claims-paying ability of the insurance company and not to the safety, stability or performance of any investment product. The Comdex is a mathematical ranking used to consolidate financial strength ratings from the four major rating agencies because each rating service uses a different scale. It ranks companies on a scale of 1 (lowest) to 100 (highest) in relation to other companies that have been rated by the rating agencies.