Wachovia Corporate Center

Infobox Skyscraper
building_name = Wachovia Corporate Center


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location = 534 South Tryon Street, Charlotte, NC
coordinates =coord|35|13|26.48|N|80|50|53.28|W|display=inline,title|region:US_type:landmark|name=Wachovia Corporate Center
status =
groundbreaking = February 28, 2006
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est_completion = 2009
opening =
use = Office
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roof = 764ft (233 m)
top_floor =
floor_count = 52
elevator_count =
cost = $500 million
floor_area = 450,494 m²
architect = Tvsa
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contractor =
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owner =
management =
references = [cite web|url=http://skyscraperpage.com/cities/?buildingID=37019|title=Wachovia Corporate Center|accessdate=2008-05-27|publisher=skyscraperpage.com]

The Wachovia Corporate Center is a 764ft (233 m) tall, 52 floor skyscraper in Charlotte, North Carolina. When completed in 2009, it will become the second tallest building in Charlotte, and the tallest in the world to use precast double trees. [cite web|url=http://www.theconcreteproducer.com/industry-news.asp?sectionID=1419&articleID=657664|title=Wachovia Corporate Center|accessdate=2008-05-27|publisher=theconcreteproducer.com] Upon completion, it will replace One Wachovia Center as the headquarters of Wachovia. Wachovia will occupy convert|450000|sqft|m2 of the 1.2 million square foot tower. Duke Energy will also occupy convert|240000|sqft|m2 on the 36th through the 45th floors, Sonnenschein will use convert|35000|sqft|m2 on the 34th and 35th floors, Deloitte will use convert|82000|sqft|m2, and the Wake Forest University Babcock Graduate School of Management will have its Charlotte campus in the tower. [citeweb|url=http://charlotte.bizjournals.com/charlotte/stories/2008/02/04/daily30.html|title=Wachovia Corporate Center|accessdate=2008-05-27|publisher=Charlotte Business Journal] [citeweb|url=http://charlotte.bizjournals.com/charlotte/stories/2007/08/27/daily53.html|title=Wachovia Corporate Center|accessdate=2008-05-27|publisher=Charlotte Business Journal] [citeweb|url=http://charlotte.bizjournals.com/charlotte/stories/2008/06/16/daily18.html|title=Deloitte inks lease for Wachovia Corporate Center|accessdate=2008-07-08|publisher=Charlotte Business Journal]

Construction

The project was announced in spring of 2004, and official renderings were not released until December 6, 2006. In the original petition to the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Planning Commission the building was going to be built on a convert|1.29|acre|m2|sing=on parcel next to 400 South Tryon with a height of convert|510|ft|m, and 34 floors. The site preparation began with the demolition of a Firestone Tire dealership in February 2006, and on February 28, 2006, the excavation and blasting of a convert|100|ft|m|sing=on-deep hole for the below grade parking garage began. Over 600,000 pounds of explosives were used during its excavation and it took just over 60,000 dump truck loads to remove all of the excavated material from the site, some of which will be used in the construction of a third runway at Charlotte-Douglas International Airport. [cite web|url=http://www.emporis.com/en/wm/bu/?id=206775|title=Wachovia Corporate Center|accessdate=2008-05-27|publisher=emporis.com]

The building is being constructed by Batson-Cook Construction, with Concrete Supply Co., and structural engineering firm, TRC International, LTD, of Sarasota, Florida. The building is using poured-in-place concrete core and perimeter and precast double tees, a structure usually used in parking decks. These double trees span between the poured-in-place core and perimeter systems. The concrete used for the building is 18,000 pounds per square inch.cite web|url=http://www.construction-today.com/content/view/758/31|title=Wachovia Corporate Center|accessdate=2008-05-27|publisher=Batson-Cook Construction]

Features

It will be the tallest building in the Wachovia Cultural Campus which will have an convert|250000|sqft|m2|sing=on footprint. The complex will also include the 42 floor Wachovia Condominium Tower, the Afro-American Cultural Center, and the Bechtler Art Museum. [cite web|url=http://www.putzmeister.com/products/putzpress.cfm?sr_id=208&id=0&pc=3|title=Wachovia Corporate Center|accessdate=2008-05-27|publisher=putzmeister.com] In order to achieve LEED gold status it will include water-saving plumbing devices, a water storage system that will treat rainwater to be used for cooling tower make-up water and a green roof. Rock that was blasted for the parking structure is being recycled by hauling it to a local quarry, where it will be crushed for gravel.

The first floor of the building will contain the main lobby and elevators. The second floor will have the the bank’s server room. The third floor will have training areas during the day and classrooms at night. This area will be shared with Wachovia and Wake Forest University, where they will have their nighttime MBA courses. Floors four through seven will contain the bank’s trading floor. It will contain convert|45000|sqft|m2 and house approximately 750 traders per floor.

ee also

*List of tallest buildings in Charlotte
*Wachovia Cultural Campus

References


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