SunTrust Center

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SunTrust Center
General information
Type Office
Location 200 South Orange Avenue
Orlando, Florida
United States
Coordinates 28°32′23″N 81°22′48″W / 28.5398°N 81.3799°W / 28.5398; -81.3799Coordinates: 28°32′23″N 81°22′48″W / 28.5398°N 81.3799°W / 28.5398; -81.3799
Completed 1988
Cost US$100 million
Owner SunTrust Banks
Management CNL Properties Inc
Roof 441 ft (134.4 m)
Technical details
Floor count 35
Floor area 654,678 sq ft (60,822 m2)
Lifts/elevators 31
Design and construction
Architect Skidmore Owings and Merrill

The SunTrust Center is a skyscraper located in the Central Business District of Orlando, Florida. Rising to 441 ft (134.4 m), it is the tallest building in Orlando and Central Florida. Completed in 1988, it has 35 stories and 30 floors of usable office space. Originally named the Sun Bank Center, the name changed after SunTrust Banks began its series of mergers and acquisitions in the 1990s. It was originally built to serve at the Florida headquarters for SunTrust Banks, but as recently as 2009, SunTrust has vacated over 150,000 square feet (14,000 m2) in an effort to downsize.[1]


Designed in contemporary postmodern style, the building has a beige and green color scheme accented in blue hues. There are 35 stories with 30 floors of usable office space. The tower has a six-level parking garage and its lobby is an eight-story atrium. The building is topped with four green pyramids and the upper five stories is actually one large floor that provides panoramic views of Orlando and the surrounding area. However, this floor is not open to the general public.[2] A pre-existing skyscraper is integrated in the center's design.[3][not in citation given]

The evening lighting scheme provides amber illumination on the four pyramids and white illumination on the upper floors. There is a restaurant on the ground level of the building.[4] The tower is home to the consulates of Argentina[5] and the trade offices of Qingdao, China.[6]

The tower's height of 441 ft (134.4 m) is the unofficial height limit of skyscrapers constructed in downtown Orlando. Local architects speculate that the Federal Aviation Administration has imposed a height limit on buildings in Orlando, because the Orlando Executive Airport is located a few miles east of downtown and its flight path leads over the city center.[citation needed] As a result, the SunTrust Center has remained the tallest building in Orlando since 1988.

As the tallest building in Orlando, the tower hosts the American Lung Association's annual "Fight For Air Climb Orlando" event. In this charity competition, contestants are timed as they run up the stairs of 25 of the building's floors. In 2010 the fastest runner completed the ascent in 2:39, or just over 6 seconds per floor.[7] The event has been held annually in November since 2007 and in 2010 raised over $100,000 for charity.

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  1. ^ Shanklin, Mary (2010-04-25). "Looking for signs of life in downtown real estate". Orlando Sentinel. Orlando Sentinel. Retrieved 2010-05-31. 
  2. ^ "SunTrust Center (Orlando)". Glass Steel and Stone. Glass Steel and Stone. 2010. Retrieved 2010-05-31. 
  3. ^ Snyder, Jack (1986-05-31). "The Sun Finally Rises: Sun Bank Launches Construction Of New Office Tower In Orlando". The Orlando Sentinel. The Orlando Sentinel. Retrieved 2010-08-10. 
  4. ^ "SunTrust Center". Emporis Corporation. 2010. Retrieved 2010-05-31. 
  5. ^ "Embassies/Consulates in United States". 2010. Retrieved 2010-05-31. 
  6. ^ "Qingdao Trade Offices". Orlando by Citysearch. 2010. Retrieved 2010-05-31. 
  7. ^ "Overall". Fight For Air Stair Climb Orlando. 2010. Retrieved 2011-05-23.