Boeing International Headquarters


Boeing International Headquarters
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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; -87.638750Coordinates: 41°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
ArchitectPerkins and Will
The building was constructed atop active railroad tracks, necessitating a complex structural support system

The Boeing International Headquarters (colloquially known as the Boeing Building and formerly known 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. It won the Structural Engineers Association of Illinois' "Most Innovative" Design Award.[citation needed]

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 their corporate headquarters there in 2001 when they opted to leave Seattle for Chicago.[4] Navteq moved their headquarters to the Boeing Building in 2007.[5] It has also housed offices of Ameritech.[citation needed]


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.[6]

See also


  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. ^ "Navteq confirms it will move HQ". Crain's Chicago Business. Retrieved 2016-01-15.
  6. ^ Useem, Jerry (Nov. 20, 2019). "How Boeing Lost its Bearings", Atlantic Monthly. Retrieved January 22, 2020.

External links

  • Boeing official website
  • Emporis listing