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Old Posted May 9, 2008, 1:46 AM
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CHARLOTTE | Duke Energy Center | 764 FT / 233 M | 48 FLOORS

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

Construction Timeline:
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

Design:
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.

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Entire project overview:




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Betchler Art Museum:


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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.






PM me if you have additional info/corrections.
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Old Posted May 9, 2008, 2:11 AM
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Fantastic. I was waiting for a charlotte forumer to start making posts. Keep them coming.
     
     
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Old Posted May 9, 2008, 3:42 AM
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I've been following this project for quite some time, great to see Charlotte getting a new 2nd tallest! This project as a whole is great and will definetlly contribute a lot to the skyline. I've seen some night renderings as well and they are magnificent! Aside from that, what floor are they working on as of now?
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That second rendering reminds me of something that would be going up in London.

This is awesome for Charlotte.
     
     
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This is an incredible project and I'm glad to see it rising. The whole project looks really nice but I especially like the design of the office tower. Congratulations Charlotte!

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Just yesterday as I was driving around I couldnt believe how high its getting. Its rising like the Novare project speed. It will be a strong addition to our skyline. I wish they would have pushed it a little higher though.
     
     
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Jeezz initiald, thanks for making a thread for this! I had no idea that this project existed, let alone was so far along in construction. This is really something, Charlotte gets a light rail line, it's downtown is growing, three new museums, simply incredible!
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Old Posted May 12, 2008, 4:28 PM
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From this weekend, taken from the light rail line:





They look to be on about the 15th floor or so, with the center columns staying about two floors ahead. I've read that the schedule they are aiming for is a new floor every four days.
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Thanks for creating this thread. With as much activity as there is in Charlotte, it has surprised me how underrepresented the city is on this website. Charlotte has so much going on, I think that most cities its size or even larger would be envious ... if they only knew. The number of cranes in its skyline over the last couple of years has been outnumbered by only a very few cities in the U.S. Fantastic project.
     
     
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Quote:
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That second rendering reminds me of something that would be going up in London.

This is awesome for Charlotte.
That rendering is a direct copy of what is on the cover of the drawings for the project.
     
     
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I have worked with this project from the beginning and I tell you what, it has been some work. I just talked with the guys at Batson Cook last week and they are going to start streamlining the tower with a floor a week. It is going to be going up fast. Novare (Catalyst) is going up so fast because the structure is no where near that of the Wachovia tower. The drawing set is almost 900 pages, or almost 6 inches tall

If anyone has any questions about the tower, I am sure I can get them answered.
     
     
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Riddle me this...what's the final height of the tower?

There's been rumors...
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Project Info......

     
     
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Well thanks for the info!

Looks like we won't get a new tallest, but new second tallest is just fine...
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Is the condo tower actually u/c ?
     
     
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Yep.
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Word on the street is..... the wachovia residential tower "might" be on hold.

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A couple of pics from the top of the building as it stands now. Then one of below ground. Ignore the dates, the camera always dies and looses settings.










     
     
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Thanks for posting those photos. I haven't heard anything about the condo tower being on hold; latest word on the internets is that it is going to be 46 floors instead of 42.

Charlotte Magazine posted a new rendering of the Wachovia tower and condo tower:



Also, here is a screencap of the OxBlue Royal Court construction cam from this afternoon showing the Wachovia on the left:

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