About Modis Building
The Modis Building, also known as Modis Tower, is a skyscraper in Jacksonville, Florida. Standing 535 feet (163 m) tall, it is currently the city's second-tallest building. The tower was completed in 1974 by the Independent Life and Accident Insurance Company, and was known as the Independent Life Building. The design concept included a sloping base and the larger corner frames to provide a distinctive image not only for the company, but also as an identifying landmark for the city of Jacksonville. KBJ Architects received the Honor Award for Outstanding Achievement in Design by the Jacksonville Chapter of the American Institute of Architects for the Modis Building. The Modis Building contains 37 floors, and held the title of tallest building in Florida until 1981, when One Tampa City Center was completed. It remained the tallest building in Jacksonville until 1990, when the Bank of America Tower surpassed it in height. The building was designed by KBJ Architects and it takes up an entire city block in Jacksonville's downtown. A notable feature of the structure is a four story atrium of tropical vegetation where the public enters.