FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS 2017-05-08T03:35:23+00:00

The OneAmerica Tower FAQs

Where should visitors park?
Visitors can park in the Tower Garage under the OneAmerica Tower or there is metered parking around the Tower.

If I am a monthly parker at the Tower Garage, how do I enter when it is closed?
Monthly parkers can enter the Tower Garage off Capitol Avenue and then must exit at Illinois Avenue side.

If I am a monthly parker at the Employee Garage, how do I enter after hours?
Monthly parkers at the Employee Garage can enter at Capitol Avenue or Illinois Street 24/7 with their hangtag. An access card will be needed to enter the Skybridge. The Skybridge entrance is located on the 3rd level of the garage.

Where is smoking permitted?
The OneAmerica Tower is a smoke-free building. Smoking is prohibited within 20 feet of each entrance. Smoking is permitted at the entrance to Kissing Lane on the northwest side of the building. Ash receptacles are available.

Where can I park my bicycle if I ride it to work?
There is bicycle parking on the P1 level of the garage next to the attendant’s booth. There is a rack and a bicycle maintenance station available for use.

What is the size of the American flag on the roof?
The flag on top of the Tower measures 15 x25 feet on an 80-foot pole.

How do I submit a saying for the iconic OneAmerica Signboards?

Signboard Guidelines
OneAmerica seeks humorous quips, puns and definitions for its signboard. Following are a few guidelines for the board:

1. Suggestions must not exceed three lines of 21 characters each. The character limit includes all punctuation and spaces.

2. Suggestions should be humorous. Those that are insulting or off-color will not be accepted.
Here are some examples of acceptable signboard submissions:

  • Do accordianists play both ends against the middle?
  • Sign at a dairy farm: All we have we owe to udders
  • Pacifier: Scream saver

3. Submissions centering around events, especially Indiana/Indianapolis events, seasons and holidays are always welcome.
Here are some seasonal examples:

  • Snow: Chilly Powder
  • Cold Front: What happens when you forget your coat
  • Colts win! Have no pity on Steel City!

4. We do not use the signboard for inspirational sayings or advertising of any kind, nor do we use it to make political statements.

If you would like to submit a signboard suggestion to OneAmerica, please send an email to www.oneamericamgmt@cushwake.com. Be sure to include your name, company, email address and phone number along with your submission.

How many exterior bricks were used to create the walkway surrounding the Tower?
It took 194,000 bricks each weighing 4 lbs each.

When was the OneAmerica Tower built and who designed it?
The Tower was built in 1982 and was designed by Skidmore, Owings & Merrill. The General Contractor was Huber, Hunt & Nichols.

What type of stone material is used on the outside of the Tower?
The Tower has 9,000 slabs or 90,000 cubic feet of Indiana limestone as its exterior. An average piece weighs 1,500 lbs.

How is the OneAmerica Tower heated and cooled?
The OneAmerica Tower is one of the most energy efficient high-rises in the country for its age. The key to its efficiency is a well water heat exchanger system. In the winter, underground well water is pumped up through a heat exchanger where heat is extracted from the water and used to heat water in the building’s closed heating system. The underground water is not pumped through the building, only heat is extracted from it. Hot water from the building’s refrigeration machines then circulates to the building’s air handling system, providing warmth throughout the building.
In the summer, condenser water from the building’s closed system is circulated through the heat exchanger where coolness is removed from the well water and used to cool the water in the building’s closed system. The chilled water then circulates and cools the air throughout the building.

Is it true that the water in the Canal is actually water pumped from the ground by the OneAmerica Tower?
Yes. When the Tower was designed, a key consideration in deciding what type of heating and cooling system to use was the fact that ground water from an underground river could enter the three levels of underground parking and deep basements. Rather than pump the water out, it was decided to use it as the source for heating and cooling the building. After the untreated water is run through the heat exchanger system, it is pumped out to the Canal.

What happened to the Garrison flag that hanged in the rear lobby for many years?
On January 20, 2016, OneAmerica presented its long-displayed U.S. Garrison flag to members of Indiana Task Force One (INTF-1), one of 28 elite rescue teams across the country designed to quickly assemble and respond to catastrophes. The flag became a year-round fixture in the OneAmerica Tower lobby following the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. A permanent, public art tribute to the flag created by artist, Walter Knabe, replaced the flag during lobby renovations.

What can you tell me about the hanging artwork in the front lobby?
“This is the concept that designer Barbara Eden came to me with as part of her design for remodeling the building lobby. After educating myself on OneAmerica, I was inspired to embrace the corporate history of patriotism and positive attitude. The S curve banners seem to float above like fabric waving in the wind. The graphics that came to mind were not just the American flag, but all that surrounds us here in America, and the majestic lobby being utilized to bring the proud graphics to life.

I take pride in this project. It is special to me for what it stands for and for what it has brought to this unique lobby, enhancing the positive and welcoming work environment of the One America building.” – Walter Knabe

How tall is the OneAmerica Tower?
The height of the Tower is 533 feet.

How many elevators service the OneAmerica Tower?
There are 16 passenger elevators, 3 elevators serving the Tower Garage, 3 elevators serving the Employee Garage and 2 Freight elevators for a total of 24.

How is the OneAmerica Tower constructed?
The OneAmerica Tower was built using 50,000 cubic yards of concrete, 4,000 tons of reinforcing steel, and 5,000 tons of structural steel. Over 150,000 tons of dirt had to be excavated before construction could begin.

If I have a meeting in the Main Auditorium or Tower Conference Center, can it be catered?
Yes. Sahm’s is the exclusive caterer of the Main Auditorium, Tower Conference Center and Courtyard.

How do I reserve a meeting room in the Tower Conference Center or reserve the Main Auditorium?
You may contact the Building Management Office to make reservations. It is best to reserve well in advance especially for large meetings.

Do I need to schedule the Freight Elevator for large deliveries?
Yes. By informing the Building Management Office, they can advise on what hours are available. Companies making deliveries must have a current Certificate of Insurance on file with the Building Management Office. Any large deliveries should be planned to take place after 10 pm on weekdays.

How do I enter the Tower after 6pm during the week?
The entrances at Ohio and Illinois lock at 6 pm, so it is necessary to enter at the New York Street entrance on the north side of the building. An access card will be needed. There is an intercom at the entry in case you need to contact Security.

Where is the mailroom located?
The post boxes and overnight mailboxes are located at the New York Street entrance behind the Shoe Shine booth.

Where can I get something to eat after the cafeteria closes at 2:30pm?
The café located by the New York Street entrance is open until 6 pm. The Skyline Club is open for its members.

What happens if I don’t have my hangtag in my car when I enter the garage?
There is an intercom at all entrances and exits. Press the button and Security will assist you. You may be directed to go to the Parking Office to receive a pass to get out.

What is the procedure for accessing my office after hours if I do not have my access card?
You will need to call Security at 285.1384 or go to the nearest intercom if a lobby guard is unavailable. The officer will verify your identity and then call your company’s contact to verify access can be granted. There is a fee of $15 to escort and unlock the space.

What do I do if I have a large amount of trash to dispose of and it cannot fit in my waste basket?
We ask that you break down any boxes and label the items with “TRASH” or “BASURA.” If the items are not labeled, the janitorial staff has been instructed not to remove them. We kindly ask that you do not place items that are not trash on top of your waste basket.