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 459.68 ft (140m), it was the tallest building in Iowa until the completion of 801 Grand in 1991, and is currently the second tallest. The south side of the building's site was formerly occupied by The Chamberlain Hotel.
The Ruan Center is locally famous as the "rusty skyscraper", for its Cor-Ten steel cladding that sheds rust. The exterior skin is composed of 1,600 US tons of Cor-Ten steel, and 4,700 US tons of structural steel were used in the building's frame.
The building consists mainly of office space and is connected to Des Moines' skywalk system. The 33rd and 34th floors are home to the Des Moines Club, a private members-only restaurant.
The Ruan Center was named one of the 50 Most Significant Iowa Buildings of the 20th Century by the Iowa chapter of the American Institute of Architects.
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