Thrill-seeking tourists will have a new destination this June, when the renovated U.S. Bank Tower is slated to reopen after a $50-million facelift. One unusual addition to the 1989 I.M. Pei-designed building is a 36-foot long, fully enclosed glass slide, cantilevered some 1,000 feet above ground between the building’s 69th and 70th floors.
The concept for the Skyslide came from the Singapore-based company OUE Limited, which purchased the building three years ago. Engineering firm M. Ludvik & Company designed and realized the first-of-its-kind structure. Chief engineer Michael Ludvik says the building’s tiered and angled facade required the that the slide be constructed in two pieces: an elbow piece, turning nearly 90 degrees as it emerges from the 70th floor entrance, and a straight section that sends visitors sliding down to the 69th floor landing.