Duke Energy Plaza

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Duke Energy Plaza
Duke Energy Plaza November 2022.jpg
General information
Location525 South Tryon Street, Charlotte, North Carolina, United States
Construction started2019
Estimated completion2023
Cost$675 million
OwnerCGA Capital and Childress Klein
LandlordChildress Klein
Height629 feet (192 m)[1]
Technical details
Floor count40 floors
Floor area1,000,000 square feet (93,000 m2)[2]
Design and construction
Architect(s)TVS Design
Other information
Parking7 Floor 1,100 Space Parking Garage

The Duke Energy Plaza is a 629 feet (192 m),[1] 40 floor skyscraper under construction in Uptown Charlotte, North Carolina.[3] Upon its completion it will become the third largest building in Charlotte by leasable square feet[4][2] and serve as the corporate headquarters of Duke Energy.[5][6] It will house up to 4,400 Duke Energy employees and contractors.[5] The entire building features 1,000,000 square feet (93,000 m2) of space, including 25,000 square feet (2,300 m2) of retail space, a 7 floor parking garage for 1,100 vehicles, and will be a LEED-Gold Certified Class AA [4] office tower.[7][4]


The site is located directly across from the former Duke Energy Center which once housed Duke Energy's corporate headquarters.[4] The lobby will also be on South Tryon Street.[3] The site is a 2.1 acre former parking lot that was purchased in 2017 for $27.5 million.[4] The land purchase was six transactions from two separate companies. 1.8 acres was divided into 5 transactions purchased from Consolidated Realty Co. for $22.9 million. The final .3 acre lot was purchased from Eastern Federal Corp. for $4.6 million.[8]

The building combines tube structure design with traditional cast-place concrete. The tower is the second-tallest building in the world to use this design. It also utilized a form work system that climbed with the structure to create concretes forms. According to building contractor Batson-Cook "The schedule the team has established allows them to turn a 25,000-square-foot floor every week on the tower," according to a Baston-Cook news release. "Once a floor had been poured, the hydraulic lifting system rose the frame up to the next level and prepared for the next form. A system like this improved efficiency, reduced time spent lifting the frame from level to level, and improved the team’s safety performance."[9]

The building under construction in May 2021, the picture shows the form work system mentioned above.

Affiliates of CGA Capital and Childress Klein funded the construction and development cost, and once completed will buy the building for an estimated $675 million, a record high building sale for Charlotte.[4] The sale price could vary since final construction costs have not yet been determined. Childress Klein is the developer of the project.[10] Duke will lease back the entire building.[4]

On August 20, 2021, the building was topped off when the last patch of concrete floor was added. It is scheduled to be completed by the end of 2022 with interior work completed in 2023.[11]

Duke has 7,700 employees in the Charlotte area working in numerous offices. The company is reducing its real estate footprint by moving out of a number of buildings such as 401 S. College Street, 526 S. Church Street,[12] 4320 Yancey Road[13] and 400 South Tryon.[14] Many of the employees from the buildings that are closing will be relocating to the tower. Also, the COVID-19 pandemic has changed the company's views about having employees work from the office full time. It is expected many employees will work from home part time.[12] Even after completion of the tower, Duke will continue to occupy Optimist Hall, NASCAR Plaza, and Piedmont Town Center (until 2025).[5] Duke's goal with its real estate consolidation is trimming its foot print from 2,500,000 square feet (230,000 m2) to 1,000,000 square feet (93,000 m2) by 2050.[14] Duke estimates they will save $85 to $90 million over the next five years.[15]

Prior to the Duke Energy Plaza, Duke's most visible presence was the Duke Energy Center. As of May 2021 Duke occupied 491,000 square feet (45,600 m2) spanning 21 floors. On May 17, 2021, Duke announced it planned vacate the building entirely. Wells Fargo, the building owner, plans to fill the space with some of its own employees as they are planning to stop leasing the One Wells Fargo Center.[5]

As of December 31, 2021 Duke had exited its lease of the Duke Energy Center with all Duke employees having vacated the building prior to the holidays. All Duke Energy signs and plaques have been removed from the building and it has been temporarily renamed 550 South Tryon. When the Duke Energy Plaza is completed, Duke Energy will relocate their employees into the building as its new headquarters.[16]

On September 21, 2022, Duke Energy finished installing its name and logo on the north and south sides of the new building. The exterior of the building was mostly finished at that time with small landscaping projects remaining and the company was conducting testing of exterior lighting schemes. However, at the same time only about 40% of the interior work was finished and none of the 40 floors were complete. Building occupancy is expected to begin in January 2023. However, full occupancy is not expected until the third quarter of 2023.[17]

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  1. ^ a b "Charlotte Metro Tower". Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat. Retrieved November 28, 2022.
  2. ^ a b Sharipo, Amy (October 22, 2022). "Charlotte's largest office buildings". Charlotte Business Journal. Retrieved December 24, 2022.
  3. ^ a b Thomas, Jason (March 18, 2019). "View Rendering: 40-story tower under construction in Uptown across from the Duke Energy Building". Charlotte Agenda. Retrieved March 3, 2020.
  4. ^ a b c d e f g "Childress Klein and CGA Capital acquire Charlotte Metro Tower in Uptown for up to $675 million". Childress Klein (Press release). December 23, 2019. Retrieved March 3, 2020.
  5. ^ a b c d Fahey, Ashley (May 17, 2021). "Duke Energy to exit current HQ building in uptown after company's new tower delivers". Charlotte Business Journal. Retrieved May 17, 2021.
  6. ^ "Charlotte". The Skyscraper Center. CTBUH. Retrieved May 8, 2021.
  7. ^ Downey, John (December 23, 2019). "Duke Energy tower under construction in uptown acquired in record deal". Charlotte Business Journal. Retrieved March 3, 2020.
  8. ^ Fahey, Ashley (July 7, 2017). "Duke Energy buys prime uptown real estate for $27.5M". Charlotte Business Journal. Retrieved June 14, 2021.
  9. ^ Wilson, Jen (August 20, 2021). "CBJ Morning Buzz: Duke Energy's uptown tower tops out; Charlotte makes jobs ranking". Charlotte Business Journal. Retrieved October 4, 2022.
  10. ^ Downey, John (December 23, 2019). "Duke Energy tower under construction in uptown acquired in record deal". Charlotte Business Journal. Retrieved June 14, 2021.
  11. ^ Wilson, Jen (August 20, 2021). "CBJ Morning Buzz: Duke Energy's uptown tower tops out; Charlotte makes jobs ranking". Charlotte Business Journal. Retrieved October 4, 2022.
  12. ^ a b Downey, John (February 21, 2021). "'Hybrid' work policy at Duke Energy likely to reduce office space needs". Charlotte Agenda. Retrieved May 8, 2021.
  13. ^ Fahey, Ashley (March 9, 2021). "Developer Terwilliger Pappas plans next Charlotte projects in midtown, lower South End". Charlotte Business Journal. Retrieved May 17, 2021.
  14. ^ a b Limehouse, Jonathan (May 18, 2021). "Duke Energy's future uptown HQ gets a new name as company looks to cut back on space". The Charlotte Observer. Retrieved May 18, 2021.
  15. ^ Peralta Soloff, Katie (May 17, 2021). "Duke Energy to trim office footprint and move HQ into new tower Uptown". Axios Charlotte. Retrieved May 18, 2021.
  16. ^ Downey, John (January 11, 2022). "Duke Energy exits former HQ as it awaits completion of new uptown tower". Charlotte Business Journal. Retrieved January 12, 2022.
  17. ^ Downey, John (September 22, 2022). "Duke Energy puts its stamp on new office tower in uptown Charlotte". Charlotte Business Journal. Retrieved September 22, 2022.

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