Ruan Building in Spring of 2008
|Location||666 Grand Avenue
Des Moines, Iowa
|Design and construction|
|Architect||Kendall Griffith Russell Artiaga|
The Ruan Center is a high rise located in Des Moines, Iowa. It was built by Ruan Transportation and is located along Grand Avenue in the downtown area of the city. Completed in 1975 and standing at 460 ft (140m), it was the tallest building in Iowa until the completion of 801 Grand in 1991 and is currently the second tallest. The Ruan Center is locally famous as the "rusty skyscraper", for its Cor-Ten steel cladding that sheds rust.
The building consists mainly of office space and is connected to Des Moines' skywalk system. The 33rd & 34th floors are home to the Des Moines club, a private members-only restaurant.
-The exterior skin is composed of 1,600 US tons of cor-ten steel.
-4,700 US tons of structural steel were used in the building's frame.
-The south side of this site was formerly occupied by The Chamberlain Hotel.
-This was the tallest building in Iowa from 1974 until 1991 when it was surpassed by 801 Grand.
-The building is 459.68 ft. tall, 143.00 ft. long, and 101.00 ft. wide. Each individual floor is 12 feet high.
-Named one of the 50 Most Significant Iowa Buildings of the 20th Century by the Iowa chapter of the American Institute of Architects.
|Tallest Building in Iowa
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