Bank of America Corporate Center
Structure in General
- The lobby of the BOA Center contains one of the largest secular frescoes in the world. They are the work of artist Ben Long and took a year to complete.
- Attached to the tower is the North Carolina Blumenthal Performing Arts Center, which contains three performance halls.
- It is the tallest building in both the Carolinas, and the tallest between Philadelphia and Atlanta.
- Bank of America World Headquarters.
- Foundation work was complete by February 1990.
- Officially became Charlotte's tallest building on March 20, 1991, at 11:00 a.m. when it reached a height of 589 feet at ith 47th floor to surpass One Wells Fargo Center by a single foot.
- 55,000 people attended the opening celebrations on Saturday, October 24, 1992.
- As part of its opening ceremonies, rappellers from Fort Bragg`s 16th Military Police Brigade rappelled the length of the tower.
- Named Office Building of the Year by the Building Owners and Managers Association in 1996.
- On the morning of May 8, 2000 NationsBank and Bank of America merged as the Bank of America. The head office remained in Charlotte, closing the BA head office in San Francisco.
- The Belk Brothers Department Store, Efirds Department Store and Charlotte City Hall rested atop this site before its construction.
- Some locals refer to this as the "Taj McColl" after Hugh L. McColl, Jr., the now retired CEO of Bank of America who constructed the tower during his tenure as CEO.
- Also attached to the tower is Founders Hall, which is a shopping and dining area accessed from College Street on the building's eastern side.
- The building's 60 floors stand as a tribute to the city's namesake, Queen Charlotte, who reined as Queen of England for 60 years.
- When lit at night the building's top resembles a multi-tiered tiara and is often referred to as being Charlotte's crown.
- Its crown contains 384 aluminum rods, that vary in length from 12 to 62 feet and each weighing between 800 and 4,500 pounds and utilizes 350 lights to illumniate it at night.
- The marble utilized in the lobby came from quarries in Spain, Italy, France, Turkey and the United States.
- Elevators taking persons from the ground floor to the 60th travel at a speed of 1,200 feet per minute.
- The evergreen tree utilized during the topping-out ceremony on Wednesday, October 2, 1991, was subsequently planted in the front yard of a Habitat for Humanity home in Charlotte's Belmont neighborhood.
- The 1,062-foot tower crane utilized during its construction, at the time, was the tallest external crane ever to be used on the North American continent.
- Project originally announced on Wednesday, December 10, 1986, as a 50 floor building.
- Site preperation for the tower commenced on Friday, January 27, 1989.
- Construction commenced in August 1989 with the first foundations being placed.
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