ATLANTA, Sept. 29 /PRNewswire/ -- Designed by tvsdesign and located in Charlotte, the Duke Energy Center has been certified Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Platinum - 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. tvsdesign also led a design team to create the master plan for the mixed-use campus surrounding the building that features several cultural attractions, including: Knight Theater, Bechtler Museum of Modern Art, The Mint Museum of Craft and Design, Harvey B. Gantt Center for African American Arts and Culture, and an urban piazza.
Duke Energy is the lead tenant and will be headquartered there. Wells Fargo & Co. is the building owner and 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. "A fast-track schedule, concurrent fit-up designs and a complex building program required teamwork, collaboration and a great working relationship between all the parties."
The 48-story, 1.5 million square feet office tower has the most stringent standards for environmental sustainability, including 85% water and 22% energy efficiency and a green roof planted with native plants to reduce heating and cooling loads and to mitigate storm water runoff, as well as an enjoyable outdoor space for tenants. The master plan was varied and complex, spanning three city blocks. Underground tunnels and one million square feet of parking tie the building together below grade while the careful arrangement of cultural facilities and office tower around a central urban piazza create a unifying high energy environment at street level.
tvsdesign is a global design firm with more than 40 years of experience in planning, architecture and interior design. With offices in Atlanta, Chicago, Dubai and Shanghai, tvsdesign is consistently recognized for its work in convention and public assembly, cultural arts, retail, office, education, government, hospitality and mixed-use design. tvsdesign projects earned the American Institute of Architects Firm Award in 2002, top 20 in Interior Design and numerous sustainable accolades for LEED certified projects. www.tvs-design.com