TIAA-CREF Southern Service Center


Charlotte, NC




Thompson, Ventulett, Stainback & Associates, Atlanta, GA


FN Thompson

Project Scope

Sq. Footage:

441,772 (plus 1,564-car parking structure — 36,320 square feet)

Architectural Precast Elements:

• 927 total precast pieces (office building 90,286 — square feet)
• 155 total precast pieces (garden center — 21,400 square feet)
• 444 total precast pieces (parking structure — 36,320 square feet)
TIAA-CREF Southern Service Center
TIAA-CREF Southern Service Center
TIAA-CREF Southern Service Center

Intense collaboration with the board’s chairman resulted in a classic academic-style campus reflecting the company’s roots in pension management for education. The buildings share a large academic quadrangle punctuated by a central domed rotunda directing the way to major gathering places inside the main building.

Spanish, French and German limestone were supplemented by architectural precast concrete panels, both used as an underlayment and as a complement to the granite, to create a dramatic façade. Formliners and sandblast finishes were used to replicate the look of the luxurious limestones. A heavy eyebrow design was created across the top of the structure to provide visual interest.

A garden center, featuring precast concrete and large expanses of glass, also was created. The architectural spandrels were complemented by granite-clad precast concrete column covers and granite veneers to provide a visually pleasing texture at pedestrian level. An adjacent parking structure also was clad with the architectural panels to provide a similar look.

In all, 927 pieces, encompassing 90,286 square feet of precast concrete panels were used on the office building, with another 155 pieces comprising 21,400 square feet used on the garden center. The parking structure features 444 pieces covering 36,320 square feet.

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