One Detroit Center is a perfect example of how responsible engineering can extend from architecture to the built environment. The structure of the 45 story building revolves around perimeter free spanning steel Vierendeel frames anchored at their ends to maximally sized composite supercolumns. This combination provides lateral resistance to the structure while reducing the overall cost of the structural frame.
Architecturally, the structural system provides the opportunity at the base to create a desirable open apace. lts scheme also allows for the adjustment of underground parking spans independent of its superstructure, thereby increasing the efficiency of parking and reducing the number of basement levels; a major cost savings.