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550 South Tryon
Duke Energy Center
Wachovia Corporate Center
Wachovia-South Tryon Project


Structure in General

existing [completed]
curtain wall
forced air
yes, centrally controlled


commercial office
parking (public) theater/opera


  • The basement will descend to a depth of 95 feet below street level.
  • 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.
  • The tower's primary tenants are Wells Fargo Bank and Duke Energy.
  • Over 600,000 pounds of explosives were utilized during its excavation.
  • Since June 2006, and lasting through the completion of the project, the 500 block of has been reduced to a single lane in each direction to allow for safe construction of the tower.
  • In May 2009, the Wake Forest University Babcock School of Management announced they would no longer occupy the tower.
  • Includes an underground parking garage similar to that of Three Wells Fargo Center.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Some of the debris excavated from the site was utilized in the construction of the third runway at the Charlotte/Douglas International Airport.
  • 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.
  • The steel truss creating the "sky window" atop the tower measures 160 feet long long and weighs 130,000 pounds.
  • A 1,200 seat theatre was constructed with the tower, similar to the Blumenthal Performing Arts Center at the Bank of America Corporate Center.
  • Site preparation began in February 2006 with the demolition of a Firestone Tire dealership at the corner of West Stonewall and South Tryon.
  • It took just over 60,000 dump truck loads to remove all of the excavated material from the site.
  • On Tuesday, February 28, 2006, the excavation and blasting of a 100-foot-deep hole for the below grade parking garage commenced.
  • The tower's primary tenants were originally announced as Wachovia Bank, Duke Energy and the Wake Forest University Babcock School of Management.
  • In seeking LEED certification, this has numerous environmentally friendly features including the recycling of rainwater and a green roof.
  • 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.
  • A variance to the Charlotte zoning ordinance was granted with regards to both retail and open space prior to the start of construction.
  • The loading dock is accessed via a tunnel underneath both and the new Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts constructed as part of the South Tryon arts project.

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550 South Tryon Street
100 West Stonewall Street
550 South Tryon Street
Third Ward
Center City
North Carolina

Technical Data

786.50 ft
786.50 ft
716.08 ft
Mar 2007
Dec 2009

Involved Companies

Jenkins-Peer Architects

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Features & Amenities

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