137
Global
Height rank
Bank of America Plaza
Atlanta
Height
1
To Tip:

Height is measured from the level of the lowest, significant, open-air, pedestrian entrance to the highest point of the building, irrespective of material or function of the highest element (i.e., including antennae, flagpoles, signage and other functional-technical equipment).

311.8 m / 1,023 ft
2
Architectural:

Height is measured from the level of the lowest, significant, open-air, pedestrian entrance to the architectural top of the building, including spires, but not including antennae, signage, flag poles or other functional-technical equipment. This measurement is the most widely utilized and is employed to define the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH) rankings of the "World's Tallest Buildings."

311.8 m / 1,023 ft
3
Occupied:

Height is measured from the level of the lowest, significant, open-air, pedestrian entrance to the highest occupied floor within the building.

222 m / 728 ft
1 2 3 Bank of America Plaza Outline
Floors
Above Ground

The number of floors above ground should include the ground floor level and be the number of main floors above ground, including any significant mezzanine floors and major mechanical plant floors. Mechanical mezzanines should not be included if they have a significantly smaller floor area than the major floors below. Similarly, mechanical penthouses or plant rooms protruding above the general roof area should not be counted. Note: CTBUH floor counts may differ from published accounts, as it is common in some regions of the world for certain floor levels not to be included (e.g., the level 4, 14, 24, etc. in Hong Kong).

55
Height 311.8 m / 1023 ft
Floors 55
Official Name

The current legal building name.

Bank of America Plaza
Other Names

Other names the building has commonly been known as, including former names, common informal names, local names, etc.

NationsBank Plaza
Type

CTBUH collects data on two major types of tall structures: 'Buildings' and 'Telecommunications / Observation Towers.' A 'Building' is a structure where at least 50% of the height is occupied by usable floor area. A 'Telecommunications / Observation Tower' is a structure where less than 50% of the structure's height is occupied by usable floor area. Only 'Buildings' are eligible for the CTBUH 'Tallest Buildings' lists.

Building
Status
Completed
Architecturally Topped Out
Structurally Topped Out
Under Construction
Proposed
On Hold
Never Completed
Vision
Competition Entry
Canceled
Proposed Renovation
Under Renovation
Renovated
Under Demolition
Demolished
Completed, 1992
Country

The CTBUH follows the United Nations's definition of Country, and thus uses the lists and codes established by that organization.

City

The CTBUH follows the United Nations's definition of City, and thus uses the lists and codes established by that organization.

Postal Code
30308
Function

A single-function tall building is defined as one where 85% or more of its usable floor area is dedicated to a single usage. Thus a building with 90% office floor area would be said to be an "office" building, irrespective of other minor functions it may also contain.

A mixed-use tall building contains two or more functions (or uses), where each of the functions occupy a significant proportion of the tower's total space. Support areas such as car parks and mechanical plant space do not constitute mixed-use functions. Functions are denoted on CTBUH "Tallest Building" lists in descending order, e.g., "hotel/office" indicates hotel function above office function.

office
Structural Material

Steel
Both the main vertical/lateral structural elements and the floor spanning systems are constructed from steel. Note that a building of steel construction with a floor system of concrete planks or concrete slab on top of steel beams is still considered a “steel” structure as the concrete elements are not acting as the primary structure.

Reinforced Concrete
Both the main vertical/lateral structural elements and the floor spanning systems are constructed from concrete which has been cast in place and utilizes steel reinforcement bars.

Precast Concrete
Both the main vertical/lateral structural elements and the floor spanning system are constructed from steel reinforced concrete which has been precast as individual components and assembled together on-site.

Mixed-Structure
Utilizes distinct systems (e.g. steel, concrete, timber), one on top of the other. For example, a steel/concrete indicates a steel structural system located on top of a concrete structural system, with the opposite true of concrete/steel.

Composite
A combination of materials (e.g. steel, concrete, timber) are used together in the main structural elements. Examples include buildings which utilize: steel columns with a floor system of reinforced concrete beams; a steel frame system with a concrete core; concrete-encased steel columns; concrete-filled steel tubes; etc. Where known, the CTBUH database breaks out the materials used in a composite building’s core, columns, and floor spanning separately.

composite
Core
Reinforced Concrete
Columns
Concrete Encased Steel
Floor Spanning
Steel
Official Website
Architectural

Height is measured from the level of the lowest, significant, open-air, pedestrian entrance to the architectural top of the building, including spires, but not including antennae, signage, flag poles or other functional-technical equipment. This measurement is the most widely utilized and is employed to define the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH) rankings of the "World's Tallest Buildings."

311.8 m / 1023 ft
To Tip

Height is measured from the level of the lowest, significant, open-air, pedestrian entrance to the highest point of the building, irrespective of material or function of the highest element (i.e., including antennae, flagpoles, signage and other functional-technical equipment).

311.8 m / 1023 ft
Occupied

Height is measured from the level of the lowest, significant, open-air, pedestrian entrance to the highest occupied floor within the building.

222 m / 728.3 ft
Floors Above Ground

The number of floors above ground should include the ground floor level and be the number of main floors above ground, including any significant mezzanine floors and major mechanical plant floors. Mechanical mezzanines should not be included if they have a significantly smaller floor area than the major floors below. Similarly, mechanical penthouses or plant rooms protruding above the general roof area should not be counted. Note: CTBUH floor counts may differ from published accounts, as it is common in some regions of the world for certain floor levels not to be included (e.g., the level 4, 14, 24, etc. in Hong Kong).

55
# of Parking Spaces

Number of Parking Spaces refers to the total number of car parking spaces contained within a particular building.

1251
# of Elevators

Number of Elevators refers to the total number of elevator cars (not shafts) contained within a particular building (including public, private and freight elevators).

24
Tower GFA

Tower GFA refers to the total gross floor area within the tower footprint, not including adjoining podiums, connected buildings or other towers within the development.

117,242 m² / 1,261,982 ft²
Rankings
#
137
Tallest in the World
#
20
Tallest in North America
#
20
Tallest in United States
#
1
Tallest in Atlanta
#
49
Tallest Office Building in the World
#
12
Tallest Office Building in North America
#
12
Tallest Office Building in United States
#
1
Tallest Office Building in Atlanta
#
82
Tallest Composite Building in the World
#
8
Tallest Composite Building in North America
#
8
Tallest Composite Building in United States
#
1
Tallest Composite Building in Atlanta
Construction Schedule
1991

Construction Start

1992

Completed

2014

Retrofit End

MEP Engineer
Design

The Design Engineer is usually involved in the front end design, typically taking the leadership role in the Schematic Design and Design Development, and then a monitoring role through the CD and CA phases.

Material Supplier

Material Supplier refers to organizations which supplied significant systems/materials for a building project (e.g. elevator suppliers, facade suppliers, etc).

Developer
Cousins Properties
Architect
Design

Usually involved in the front end design, with a "typical" condition being that of a leadership role through either Schematic Design or Design Development, and then a monitoring role through the CD and CA phases.

Kevin Roche John Dinkeloo & Associates
Structural Engineer
Design

The Design Engineer is usually involved in the front end design, typically taking the leadership role in the Schematic Design and Design Development, and then a monitoring role through the CD and CA phases.

CBM Engineers
MEP Engineer
Design

The Design Engineer is usually involved in the front end design, typically taking the leadership role in the Schematic Design and Design Development, and then a monitoring role through the CD and CA phases.

Contractor
Main Contractor

The main contractor is the supervisory contractor of all construction work on a project, management of sub-contractors and vendors, etc. May be referred to as "Construction Manager," however, for consistency CTBUH uses the term "Main Contractor" exclusively.

Beers Construction
Material Supplier

Material Supplier refers to organizations which supplied significant systems/materials for a building project (e.g. elevator suppliers, facade suppliers, etc).

Steel
Owen Steel Company Inc.

About Bank of America Plaza

Bank of America Plaza is the tallest building in the Southeastern United States and is located within Atlanta’s Peachtree Corridor, the main commercial spine of the city leading northward from downtown. Originally constructed as the headquarters for NationsBank, the building’s name had changed twice as result of banking mergers. As a banking headquarters, an on-site retail bank was included in the design and is positioned in a 3 story podium arraigned as a westward extension from the main tower footprint which is centered into the middle of the block. The arraignment of the structure allows for two large landscaped plazas to flank the tower and serve as a transitioning element between the predominately commercial area to the south and a residential area to the north. The parks then serve as the main gateway for pedestrians reaching the tower, including those arriving from a subway station located across the street to the northwest.

The tower’s location on a hillside allows for different approaches towards the building as it interacts with the local streetscape, although all sides of the tower except the north end are set back from the property lines. Bank of America Plaza has four stories of below grade parking with vehicular entrances on all three boarding streets. The tower rises upward from the landscaped grounds with a granite façade and is rotated 45 degrees relative to the surrounding street network. The building has a series of small upper level setbacks and is crowned with an open framework pyramid and capped with a spire. The strong vertical lines of the stone piers which extend the full length of the façade recalls the Art-Deco style found skyscrapers of the 1920’s and early 1930’s before the onset of the Great Depression and was typical of skyscrapers designed in the postmodern design period.

Bank of America Plaza was constructed with a composite frame and was an early example of the use of supper columns, in which 2 large eight foot square columns are located at each of the edges of the tower as well as at the corners of the core, creating a structural grid offering a column free interior. The super columns are set into the façades of the tower and add exterior texture through 8 granite clad points extending continuously from the base of the tower towards the crown.

Bank of America Plaza has since its construction remained a key focal point of Atlanta’s linear skyline.