Duke Energy Center

Click an image to view larger version.


Height: Architectural 239.7 m / 786 ft
Height: Occupied 199.3 m / 654 ft
Height: To Tip 239.7 m / 786 ft
Floors Above Ground 48
Floors Below Ground 9
# of Elevators 35
Tower GFA 144,825 m² / 1,558,883 ft²
# of Parking Spaces 2,125


Official Name Duke Energy Center
Other Names Wachovia Corporate Center
Structure Type Building
Status Completed
Country United States
City Charlotte
Street Address & Map 550 South Tryon Street
Postal Code 28288
Building Function office
Structural Material concrete/steel
Energy Label LEED Platinum
Proposed 2004
Construction Start 2007
Completion 2010
Rankings Click arrows to view the next taller/shorter buildings
Regional Ranking #94 Tallest in North America
National Ranking #82 Tallest in United States
City Ranking #2 Tallest in Charlotte

Companies Involved

Owner Wells Fargo
Developer Childress Klein; Wells Fargo
Design tvsdesign
Structural Engineer
Design TRC Worldwide Engineering
MEP Engineer
Design Barrett Woodyard & Associates; Teeter Engineering Group
Project Manager Childress Klein
Main Contractor Batson-Cook Construction
Material Supplier
• Façade Maintenance Equipment CoxGomyl
• Formwork Doka GmbH

About Duke Energy Center

Located on the southernmost edge of uptown Charlotte, the Duke Energy Center anchors the Levine Center for the Arts. This dynamic development transformed four acres of surface parking lots on three separate blocks within Charlotte’s Center City into a vibrant mixed-use district including office, retail, cultural arts and future residential uses.

The tower features custom-designed daylight-harvesting blinds that reflect an abundance of natural daylight into the building, reducing the amount of energy used for lighting. Automatic daylight sensors, electronic dimming controls, and occupancy sensors further reduce the need for artificial lighting. The cast-in-place concrete frame structure was constructed in record time, featuring long-span precast concrete floor panels for typical floors, topped with a steel framed crown. The signature handle bar design of the crown frames views to other downtown buildings. The open area below the bar contains cooling towers as well as a unique articulating-arm building maintenance machine.

Research Papers

Duke Energy Center, USA
13 Jan 2013 – Corporate Publication

To submit more information or donate images for this project, please use our submission portal.