Hearst Tower

Location:

Charlotte, NC
 

Owner:

Bank of America, Charlotte, NC
 

Architect:

Smallwood, Reynolds, Stewart, Stewart & Associates Inc., Atlanta, GA
 

Engineer:

Stanley D. Lindsey & Associates Inc., Atlanta, GA
 

Contractor:

Shelco/Batson-Cook Joint Venture, Charlotte, NC
 

Project Scope

Sq. Footage:

1.1 million
 

Levels/Floors:

47 stories
 

Architectural Precast Elements:

3,484 total precast concrete panels including:
• 1,134 window units, 377 precast flat panels
• 268 precast fin panels
• 508 precast spandrels
• 1,197 precast concrete column covers
 

Award:

PCI Design Award – Best Office Building, Co-Winner
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Hearst Tower
Hearst Tower
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

This dramatic office center features architectural precast concrete panels to clad its 659-foot height. The panels feature black granite inserts at the base to provide visual interest, while upper floors feature lighter-colored panels with sandblasted and retarded finishes to simulate natural stone.

The designers’ goal was to blend the façade with the look of several nearby buildings that stood as companions on the skyline with the new building, particularly the adjacent 60-story Corporate Center. To achieve this blend, specially designed architectural patterns were cast into panels at the fourth level. This not only complemented the style of the nearby buildings but helped to accentuate the division between textures and break up the mass of the large footprint. Molds for these detailed pieces, which contain a high degree of surface relief and intricately detailed art-deco designs, took nearly two weeks to fabricate.

The precast offers a lightness that aids the soaring visual style while integrating well with the building’s overall design. It’s very distinctive while blending with surrounding structures. The detail of the precast provides a nice quality, allowing the lower floors to provide a human scale for passersby.

Value-engineering produced a special window-unit panel that allowed the panels to span floor to floor. This design reduced the number of pieces to be cast and erected by several hundred, saving time and cost.

Design Goals
Design a 47-story, 1.1 million-square-foot commercial office tower in the downtown center.

Provide a design that complements the only taller office building in the city while offering a distinct and visually arresting façade.

Precast Solutions
The façade features 299,000 square feet of precast concrete panels. The lower floors feature precast panels clad with black granite. Upper floors are clad with lighter-colored panels with sandblasted and retarded finishes that simulate natural stone.

Specially designed architectural patterns were cast into panels at the fourth level to accentuate the division between textures and break up the mass of the larger footprint of the lower structure.

Molds for these detailed pieces, which contain a high degree of surface relief, took nearly two weeks to fabricate.

Value engineering produced a special window-unit panel that allowed architectural panels to span floor-to-floor. This design reduced the number of pieces to be cast and erected by several hundred, saving time and cost.

 
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