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Bank of America Corporate Center

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Bank of America Corporate Center
NCNB Corporate Center, NationsBank Corporate Center, Bank of America Center


Structure in General

existing [completed]
curtain wall
forced air


commercial office
shop(s) restaurant trading center tv studio


  • Bank of America World Headquarters.
  • 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 Bank of America head office in San Francisco.
  • 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. Foundation work was complete by February 1990.
  • 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.
  • Officially became Charlotte's tallest building on March 20, 1991, at 11:00 a.m. when it reached a height of 589 feet at the 47th floor and surpassed One Wells Fargo Center.
  • 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.
  • An estimated 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.
  • It is the tallest building in both the Carolinas, and the tallest between Philadelphia and Atlanta.
  • Named Office Building of the Year by the Building Owners and Managers Association in 1996.
  • The Belk Brothers Department Store, Efirds Department Store and Charlotte City Hall rested atop this site before its construction.
  • Attached to the tower is the North Carolina Blumenthal Performing Arts Center, which contains three performance halls.
  • 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.
  • Elevators taking persons from the ground floor to the 60th travel at a speed of 1,200 feet per minute.
  • The marble utilized in the lobby came from quarries in Spain, Italy, France, Turkey and the United States.
  • 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.
  • 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.

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100-134 North Tryon Street
101-131 North College Street
100-130 East Fifth Street, 101-131 East Trade Street
100 North Tryon Street
North Carolina

Technical Data

871.01 ft
871.01 ft
12.67 ft
Aug 1989

Involved Companies

HKS, Inc.

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Features & Amenities

  • One of the city's famous buildings
  • Skybridge link to next building
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