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Duke Energy Center

Identification

Duke Energy Center
Wachovia Corporate Center, Wachovia-South Tryon Project
206775

Map

Structure in General

skyscraper
existing [completed]
concrete
glass
curtain wall
postmodernism
forced air
yes, centrally controlled

Usage

commercial office
parking (public) theater/opera

Facts

  • The tower's primary tenants are Wells Fargo Bank and Duke Energy.
  • Site preparation began in February 2006 with the demolition of a Firestone Tire dealership at the corner of West Stonewall and South Tryon.
  • Some of the debris excavated from the site was utilized in the construction of the third runway at the Charlotte/Douglas International Airport.
  • The basement will descend to a depth of 95 feet below street level.
  • Over 600,000 pounds of explosives were utilized during its excavation.
  • It took just over 60,000 dump truck loads to remove all of the excavated material from the site.
  • In August 2007, it was announced that this would become the official headquarters building for Wachovia upon its completion replacing the One Wells Fargo Center.
  • The tower features a granite base and blue-green glass topped with a handle-like element similar to that at the Shanghai World Financial Center.
  • Although the project was first announced in spring 2004 and site preparation began in February 2006, official renderings were not released until Wednesday, December 6, 2006.
  • Since June 2006, and lasting through the completion of the project, the 500 block of South Tryon Street has been reduced to a single lane in each direction to allow for safe construction of the tower.
  • On Tuesday, February 28, 2006, the excavation and blasting of a 100-foot-deep hole for the below grade parking garage commenced.
  • In February 2009, it was announced that this would be renamed as the Duke Energy Center to reflect Duke's status as the lead tenant of the tower in the wake of the Fall 2008 acquisition of Wachovia by San Francisco-based Wells Fargo.
  • The steel truss creating the "sky window" atop the tower measures 160 feet long long and weighs 130,000 pounds.
  • In its original petition to the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Planning Commission, this was to have been constructed on a 1.29 acre parcel adjacent to 400 South Tryon at 428 South Tryon Street with 34 floors at a height of 510 feet.
  • In May 2009, the Wake Forest University Babcock School of Management announced they would no longer occupy the tower.
  • The tower's primary tenants were originally announced as Wachovia Bank, Duke Energy and the Wake Forest University Babcock School of Management.
  • The loading dock is accessed via a tunnel underneath both South Tryon Street and the new Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts constructed as part of the South Tryon arts project.
  • A 1,200 seat theatre was constructed with the tower, similar to the Blumenthal Performing Arts Center at the Bank of America Corporate Center.
  • A variance to the Charlotte zoning ordinance was granted with regards to both retail and open space prior to the start of construction.
  • Includes an underground parking garage similar to that of Three Wells Fargo Center.
  • In seeking LEED certification, this has numerous environmentally friendly features including the recycling of rainwater and a green roof.

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Location

550 South Tryon Street
28288
U.S.A.

Technical Data

786.50 ft
786.50 ft
716.08 ft
48
7
Mar 2007
Dec 2009
2,100

Involved Companies

Architect:

Associate Architect:

Also recorded for this building:

crane rental, developer, excavation company, facade installation, facade maintenance system supplier, financing, general contractor, glass supplier, shell construction, steel supplier, tenant

Features & Amenities

  • Courtyard is present
  • Green roof is present
  • Public parking is available
  • Rainwater is recycled
  • Sunshading devices are built in