Great American Tower recognized as top skyscraper

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CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - 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, among those completed in 2011.

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.

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