About Great American Insurance Building at Queen City Square
The Great American Tower at Queen City Square, is a skyscraper currently under construction in Cincinnati, Ohio. The tower, built by Western & Southern Financial Group, began construction in July 2008, with completion set for 2011 at a cost of $322 million. Half the building will be occupied by Great American Insurance Company headquartered in Cincinnati. Western & Southern had floated the idea of constructing a tower for the last twenty years, following the last construction boom in Downtown Cincinnati. In 2002 the project was revived. Current plans call for a tower with over 800,000 square feet (74,000 m) of office space. When the tower is completed in 2011, it will be 660 feet (200 m) high, 86 feet (26 m) higher than the Carew Tower, currently the tallest building in Cincinnati. The building was reviewed and approved by the Port of Greater Cincinnati Development Authority which determined whether its parameters conformed to the outline in the Cincinnati 2000 plan for downtown including a final approval by Cincinnati City Council on June 12, 2008. The building's architect, Gyo Obata, designed the building to include a top inspired by Diana, Princess of Wales's tiara.