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Thursday, November 16, 2006

New Green Tower to Rise in Downtown Charlotte

The Houston Chronicle reports that Bank of America will build a new, 32-story office tower to complement its headquarters in downtown Charlotte. The office tower is on schedule to be completed in 2010.

The building will cost $450 million dollars, add 750,000 square feet of office, retail and hotel space to downtown, and will become the third "green building" in Charlotte and the city's first green office tower. The architectural firm Perkins+Will will strive to obtain a Gold Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) rating from the U.S. Green Building Council for the building. This will be Bank of America's second green office tower (the first is under construction in New York City near Times Square).

As discussed here previously, the LEED green building rating system is a standard for developing sustainable, high-performance, low-impact buildings. The system grants points for various green features in a building. Buildings that compile at least 39 points may receive Gold certification. More than 250 projects worldwide have achieved LEED certification, but less than 25% of such projects have achieved the Gold rating.

For our more inquisitive readers, the two buildings in Charlotte that have already achieved LEED certification are the John James Audubon Lodge, located in the Sanctuary residential development and ImaginOn: The Joe and Joan Martin Center, located downtown.

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