BofA Corporate Center, Founder’s Hall & Blumenthal Performing Arts Center

Project Facts
  • Location: Uptown Charlotte, NC
  • Client: HKS, Inc.
  • Site Area: 3.5 Acres
  • Mixed Use + Urban Design
The Story

Bank of America Corporate Center, Founder’s Hall, and Blumenthal Performance Art Center is DPR’s single  most recognized legacy.   Bank of America Corporate Center is best known as the world headquarters of Bank of America and the tallest building in Charlotte and in North Carolina, standing at 871-ft and 60 stories high.  Founders Hall and the Blumenthal Performing Arts Center are  two unique destinations that features timeless and elegance design.

The mixed-use development is located in the heart of Charlotte’s center city, “Uptown Charlotte”, a name that a City Council proclamation declared in September 23rd, 1974 for the shopping and business district in the center city, as a result of a push from a local merchant and booster Jack Wood.

Also rooted in historical landmark and geographic reality, the mixed-use development set at an intersection  where Native American trading paths crossed in the mid 1700s.   The trading intersection, that came to be Tryon and Trade Streets, sits on a ridge that runs Northeast between Irwin & Sugar Creeks, and is at the highest point in Charlotte at 760-ft above sea level.

DPR is proud to be the Civil Engineer of Record for this iconic development.  DPR provided civil engineering, landscape architecture, and site construction administration.

Project Facts:

Client: NCNB National Bank,  Charter Properties, Lincoln Property Companies

Architects:  Cesar Pelli & Associates, New Haven, Connecticut

HKS, Inc. Dallas, Texas

Civil Engineer & Landscape Architect: DPR Associates

General contractor:  Beacon Construction of Charlotte, NC.

Construction started in 1989.  Opened in 1992

Other interesting facts:

  • Completed in July 1992, its official dedication ceremony took place on Saturday, October 17, 1992.
  • By January 1992, the tower had been renamed the NationsBank Corporate Center to reflect the bank’s name change from NCNB to NationsBank in summer 1991.
  • During the excavation for the BOA building foundation, contractors found threads and flakes of gold embedded within pieces of granite removed from the site. The discovery was not unexpected as Charlotte was the center of America’s first gold rush during the 1830s.

Sources included:   Charlotte Observers, Wikipedia