Wachovia Corporate Center & Cultural Campus
Owner: Wachovia Corporation
Architects: Thompson, Ventulett, Stainback & Associates
, Jenkins-Peer Architects, Frelon Group
Contractor: Batson-Cook Construction
Major Tenants: Wachovia
, Duke Energy
Minor Tenants: Wake Forest University Babcock School of Management
, Betchler Art Museum, Mint Museum of Art
, Harvey B. Gantt Center for African American Arts & Culture
, Knight Theater
Location: 534 South Tryon Street, Charlotte
Spring of 2004 - Initial announcement of the project
Feb. 2006 - Start of site prep
Dec. 2006 - Official renderings released
Aug. 2007 - Announced this will be the new headquarters of Wachovia
June 2009 - Completion of the office tower
Late 2010 - Completion of the condo tower and arts complex
Size and layout:
More than 2.4 million square feet overall.
- Office tower - 764ft. (233m) - 48 floors. 1st floor is the lobby, 2nd floor is the server room, 3rd floor is training rooms and the Wake Forest classrooms. Floors 4 through 7 will be trading floors with 20 foot ceilings, for 45,000 square feet. There are 8 levels of underground parking, going down to almost 100 feet below street level.
- Condo tower - 42 floors. 1st floor will be retail & restaurants, the next 6 floors will be part of the Mint Museum of Art. The top 25 floors will have more than 300 condos. Will also feature a rooftop pool.
- African-American Cultural Center - 4 floors. This is being built across Tryon St. and on top of the underground access ramp to the main tower.
- Betchler Art Museum - 4 floors. Features a larger cantilever.
- Knight Performing Arts Theater - 1,200 seats
Tube design, concrete with blue-green glass cladding.
According to Project Executive Randy Thompson in Construction Today
: “The columns around the perimeter are located on a 10-foot centers with deep spandrel beams. All of the seismic and wind loads are taken in these columns and deep beams. Since there are no shear walls, the core of the buildings for mechanical and electrical space, toilets and elevators is very efficient because it’s very small. Consequently, there is more rentable square footage on each floor. We’re using 18,000 pounds per square inch concrete for our columns and some of the beams. In most areas of the country, the highest strength concrete available is 12,000 pounds per square inch; but this building is so big and tall, to keep the column sizes down, the concrete firm developed this concrete especially for the project.”
Sustainability: LEED Gold status
Down to a depth of 122 feet below surface, vaults with 30,000 square feet of space will hold recycled rainwater to be used for cooling. Granite excavated from the site is being recycled into gravel. Some excavated material is being used in construction of a new runway at Charlotte-Douglas International Airport. Part of the office tower will feature a green roof.
Entire project overview:
African-American Cultural Center:
Betchler Art Museum:
The cantilevered building in the foreground is the Bechtler Art Museum.
The elongated African American Cultural Center. Below it is underground access to the loading dock beneath the Wachovia tower.
A first look at what the tower's cladding.
The one panel is very dirty.
the concrete structure on the left is the back of the theater. The condo tower portion of the project will be just to the right of this.
Looking at the backside of Bechtler.
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