Duke Energy has begun a year long process of moving their corporate offices across the street, into Charlotte’s second-tallest skyscraper. The lease, announced Feb. 26, 2009 and expanded earlier this year up to 500,000 sqft, enabled them to acquire the naming rights on the building. The 54-story Duke Energy Center is arguably the greenest skyscraper in the United States, having just earned the platinum certification under LEED construction guidelines — the highest rating available for environmentally sound construction.
“The Duke Energy Center will be a visual demonstration of Duke Energy’s commitment to being a leader in promoting energy efficiency, productive workplace solutions, and a sustainable community,” said Dennis Wood, vice president of real estate services.
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The Wachovia First Street Cultural Campus was announced in spring of 2004, with official renderings released December 6, 2006, as a $1.3-billion mixed-use / arts themed project. The new tower was originally slated to be Wachovia’s headquarters before San Francisco based Wells Fargo announced buying the bank on Oct 3, 2008. Wells Fargo will still control 14 floors totaling 460,000 sqft in the new building, with Childress Klein Properties managing and marketing the remaining space.
After the bank buyout the name Wells Fargo Cultural Campus was proposed, but that too has since changed, after a sizable donation was made, now the campus will be known as The Levine Center for the Arts. The complex contains the Afro-American Cultural Center, the Mint Museum, the Knight Theatre, the Bechtler Art Museum and an eight level 2,100 space underground parking garage. This one of four new towers in Charlotte has added more than 3 million sqft to the central business district (CBD) in 2010 and even though space also exists for a 46 story condominium tower, that has been shelved with the uncertain real estate market.