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Rivergate Tower

Rivergate Tower
Rivergate Tower
General information
Type Office
Location 400 North Ashley Street, Tampa, Florida
Construction started 1986
Completed 1988
Owner In-Rel Properties
Management In-Rel Properties
Roof 454 ft (138 m)
Technical details
Floor count 31
Floor area 92,900 m2 (1,000,000 sq ft)
Design and construction
Architect Harry Wolf

The Rivergate Tower, also known as the Sykes building and commonly referred to as the Beercan building,[2] is a 454 ft (138m) tall skyscraper in Tampa, Florida. With 31 floors, it is the sixth tallest building in Tampa. Rivergate Tower's principle tenant is Sykes Enterprises, a publicly traded company that operates technical help and customer support centers internationally. The building was constructed from 1986 to 1988. Harry Wolf (architect) based its measurements on the Fibonacci series.[3] in which each number is the sum of the two preceding numbers. His design for Rivergate Tower was given the 1993 National Honor Award from the American Institute of Architects. The building is faced in French and Texas limestone, making it one of the tallest limestone structures in the world. The distinctive cylindrical shape was meant to symbolize a lighthouse and represent optimism. The building was purchased by In-Rel Properties in 2011.

The adjacent cube houses a bank, Kahwa coffee shop, and the Florida Museum of Photographic Arts (on its upper floors)
Rivergate Tower, known locally as the beer can building, as seen from afar

The building was constructed in 1988 as headquarters for NCNB, a predecessor to Nations Bank. It cost $150 million. Parking is provided in a two-story sub level structure with a total of 731 spaces.

An adjacent cube houses a Kahwa Coffee, a bank, and the Florida Museum of Photographic Arts. On April 18, 2012, the American Institute of Architects's Florida Chapter placed the Rivergate Tower on its list of Florida Architecture: 100 Years. 100 Places.[4] The Gulf of Mexico can be seen from the building.

Alternate names for the building include its address (400 N Ashley St.) and "the beer can."

See also


  1. ^ "Rivergate Tower". Retrieved 2008-07-03. 
  2. ^ Hoist a cold one for the Beercan Building's 25th by David Warner on Thu, Nov 21, 2013 Creative Loafing]
  3. ^ Steve Rajtar, A Guide to Historic Tampa, Florida, History Press, 2007
  4. ^ Florida Architecture: 100 Years. 100 Places

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