Photo by Retiring Guy
Changes nearing completion on facelift of iconic Madison building. (WKOW, 7/9/2009)
The hazards of glass buildings.
The 1972 design by Chicago-based architectural firm Skidmore Owings and Merrill didn't dictate the recent changes on the Pinckney Street structure. The energy bills did.
Part of the problem with the old sloping glass walls was that they could turn part of the building into a greenhouse. There were stories that bank workers in the first-floor lobby would have to shield themselves with cardboard or umbrellas just to stay cool.