One Oxford Centre
One Oxford Centre is one of downtown's premiere business and shopping attractions. The 1.4 million square foot building, located along the 300 block of Grant Street, contains office and retail space, a health and fitness club, and an attached parking garage.
A prominent part of of Pittsburgh's skyline, the building consists of four inter-connected octagonal towers, constructed of alternating bands of silver gray aluminum and reflective glass, rising to a height of forty-six stories. Altogether, Oxford Center is a complex of six buildings, all of matching glass and steel design. The main tower is the fifth tallest structure in the City of Pittsburgh, topping off at 615 feet.
Opened in 1983, Oxford Centre is illuminated at night by forty-three 1,500-watt spotlights with a total of 54,500 watts that create a glowing affect. The building is designed the way it is, with so many sides, because the developers wanted as many corner offices inside as possible.
Plans for another, taller, Oxford Centre Building, adjacent to One Oxford Centre, were considered in the mid-1980s but were abandoned due to lack of financing. Another twin tower design, known as Grant Plaza was proposed in the mid-1970s and abandoned in favor of the Oxford Center project.
Wikipedia: Oxford Center.
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