The Boeing Building (formerly known as the Boeing International Headquarters and previously to that as the Morton-Thiokol International Building) is a 36-floor skyscraper located in the Near West Side of Chicago. The building, at 100 North Riverside Plaza, is located on the west side of the Chicago River directly across from the downtown Loop. The building was designed with a structural system that uses steel trusses to support its suspended southwest corner in order to clear the Amtrak and Metra railroad tracks immediately beneath it.

Boeing Building
General information
Location100 North Riverside Plaza
Chicago, Illinois
Coordinates41°53′2.8″N 87°38′19.5″W / 41.884111°N 87.638750°W / 41.884111; -87.638750
Construction started1988
Cost$170 million
Roof561 feet (171 m)
Technical details
Floor count36
Floor area770,300 square feet (71,600 m2)
Design and construction
Architect(s)Perkins and Will
The building was constructed atop active railroad tracks, necessitating a complex structural support system

The building was originally constructed for the Morton Salt Company in 1990, but became largely vacant a decade later after the company was acquired and downsized.[2][3] Boeing moved its corporate headquarters there in 2001 when they opted to leave Seattle for Chicago.[4] By 2021, with Boeing executives handling political and economical fallout from the Boeing 737 MAX groundings and the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on aviation, Reuters reported that the shift in priorities rendered the building a "ghost town".[5] Boeing ultimately announced the following year that it would move its corporate headquarters to Arlington, Virginia, where its defense division is located; the division relocated there from St. Louis in 2017.[6]

Criticism Edit

In a 2019 article, Jerry Useem criticized Boeing's move to Chicago, suggesting that by "isolating" the Boeing management from its engineering and manufacturing staff, the company discounted its former engineering-led corporate culture in favor of a management style run by MBAs instead of engineers.[7]

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References Edit

  1. ^ "The Boeing Corporate Headquarters". Retrieved 2009-11-26.
  2. ^ Corfman, Thomas A. (May 11, 2001). "Headquarters deal hit some turbulence". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved December 22, 2019.
  3. ^ "Boeing's First Day in New Era Goes Largely Unnoticed in Seattle, Chicago." The Seattle Times. September 5, 2001. Retrieved on December 23, 2009.
  4. ^ Merrion, Paul. "It's official: Boeing picks Windy City." Crain's Chicago Business. Thursday May 10, 2001. Retrieved on August 31, 2014.
  5. ^ Johnson, Eric M. (October 7, 2021). "Boeing's Chicago HQ a 'ghost town' as priorities shift". Reuters. Retrieved December 17, 2021.
  6. ^ Telford, Taylor; Duncan, Ian; Vozzella, Laura; Armus, Teo (May 5, 2022). "Boeing to move headquarters from Chicago to Arlington, Va". The Washington Post. Retrieved May 5, 2022.
  7. ^ Useem, Jerry (Nov. 20, 2019). "How Boeing Lost its Bearings", Atlantic Monthly. Retrieved January 22, 2020.

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