Master Plan and Building Design to Energize Wells Fargo Center
Charlotte, N.C.’s Duke Energy Center has been certified Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Platinum, making it the nation’s first and tallest office tower to receive the highest level of LEED certification under the U.S. Green Building Council’s Core & Shell rating system Version 2.0. The certification is thanks to tvsdesign, which led a design team to create the master plan for the mixed-use campus surrounding the building. The campus features several cultural attractions, including a theater, art museum, and urban piazza, among other unique tenants.
Duke Energy is the lead tenant and will be headquartered there. Wells Fargo & Co., the building owner, holds 15 floors for its own use. “tvsdesign took our vision and developed a world class environment for Charlotte,” said Curt Radkin, development director for the Corporate Properties Group at Wells Fargo. He credits teamwork, collaboration, and a great working relationship between all the parties for making the fast-track construction schedule, concurrent fit-up designs, and complex building program a success.
The 48-story, 1.5 million-square-feet office tower has the most stringent standards for environmental sustainability, including 85 percent water and 22 percent energy efficiency and a green roof planted with native plants to reduce heating and cooling loads and to mitigate storm water runoff. An enjoyable outdoor space also attracts tenants.