The North Carolina Mutual Life Insurance Company, founded in 1898, is the oldest and largest African-American owned and managed insurance company in the United States.
For many years the headquarters tower was the tallest building in the city.
To emphasize the structure's prominence, the building was placed at the highest point on the site.
The unusual facade is a stacked series of Vierendeel trusses, each composed of 47 T-shaped and I-shaped precast concrete segments held together with post-tensioning. Each truss is 21 feet high and spans 110 feet, including a 34 foot cantilever at each end.
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