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Skidmore, Owings and Merrill

Skidmore, Owings, & Merrill LLP
Skidmore, Owings and Merrill LLP

Main Office:
224 S. Michigan Avenue
Suite 1000
Chicago, IL 60604

Additional Offices:
New York, New York
San Francisco, California
Washington, D.C.
London, England
Hong Kong, China
Shanghai, China
Brussels, Belgium
Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Services:
Architecture
Interior Design
Building Services/MEP
Structural & Civil Engineering
Digital Design
Sustainable Design
Graphics
Urban Design & Planning
Industrial Design (1)

Number of employees: Over 1000

History: Skidmore, Owings and Merrill, LLP

SOM was founded in 1936 by Louis Skidmore and Nathaniel Owings, who were joined by John O. Merril in 1939. The firm opened its first branch in New York City in 1937, and had more than 1000 employees by 1952. Skidmore, Owings and Merrill specializes in technically challenging upscale and high-rise buildings. Their engineers and architects have designed many of the tallest buildings in the world, including Sears Tower by Fazlur Khan in 1974, and the world’s current tallest standing structure, Burj Khalifa, completed in 2010 and designed by Bill Baker. The firm is also in charge of constructing One World Trade Center, which is to be the main building in the new World Trade Center Complex. (8)

Selected Projects:

Willis Tower, Chicago, Illinois
Willis Tower, Chicago, Illinois

John Hancock Center, Chicago, Illinois
John Hancock Center, Chicago, Illinois

Nanjing Greenland Financial Complex, Nanjing, China
Nanjing Greenland Financial Complex, Nanjing, China

Cathedral of Christ the Light, Oakland, California
Cathedral of Christ the Light, Oakland, California

201 Bishopsgate and The Broadgate Tower, London, United Kingdom
201 Bishopsgate and The Broadgate Tower, London, United Kingdom

One World Trade Center, New York, New York
One World Trade Center, New York, New York

Burj Khalifa, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Burj Khalifa, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Infinity Tower, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Infinity Tower, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Trump International Hotel and Tower, Chicago, Illinois
Trump International Hotel and Tower, Chicago, Illinois

Millennium Park - BP Pedestrian Bridge, Chicago, Illinois
Millennium Park – BP Pedestrian Bridge, Chicago, Illinois

Renaissance Center, Detroit, Michigan
Renaissance Center, Detroit, Michigan

Korean Air Lines Operations Center, Seoul, South Korea
Korean Air Lines Operations Center, Seoul, South Korea

McCormick Place, Chicago, Illinois
McCormick Place, Chicago, Illinois

Sources:
(1) http://www.som.com/content.cfm/www_home
(2) http://www.collecticon.org/2010/07/transformers-3-film-locations-continued-trump-tower-and-millenium-park/
(3) http://www.downtowndetroit.org/ddp/photos.htm
(4) http://www.som.com/content.cfm/korean_air_lines_operations_center
(5) http://academics.triton.edu/faculty/fheitzman/architecturalmethodology-C.html
(6) Architectural Engineers of the 20th & 21st Centuries – John Bosley, David Wald
(7) http://www.som.com/content.cfm/william_f_baker
(8) http://www.fundinguniverse.com/company-histories/Skidmore-Owings-amp;-Merrill-LLP-Company-History.html
(9) http://www.markedlines.com/a-roundup-of-40-oustanding-upcoming-skyscrapers/
(10) http://www.digitalfutures.info/1/lecture-10-03-04-william-baker%20/
(11) http://superjchung.wordpress.com/2009/11/30/nanjing-greenland-financial-center-tallest-in-nanjing-china/

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Written by Josh Massey

January 20, 2011 at 10:44 pm

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