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Project Location

Charlotte, NC

Project Team
RT Dooley

RT Dooley

Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, LLP

Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, LLP

Hearst Tower Trading Floors

When transactions are your business, every transaction counts. When Bank of America needed to expand support of its trading operations, it turned to WB Moore.

One of several buildings in Bank of America’s corporate campus in uptown Charlotte, the new Trading floor and Data Center were completed in 2002. At the time, Hearst Tower was the second tallest in Charlotte. The Hearst Publishing Corporation and Bank of America were the initial primary tenants in the building, with space also designated for retail third party tenants. 

The trading floors, occupying two floors, and a separate 40,000 square foot data center combine to form the project. They posed a unique challenge for the construction team at WB Moore. A 50-foot ceiling and the frequency of fixture replacement posed a secondary challenge. On trading floors, lighting is critical to productivity.

unique challenges overcome:
  • Project included several electrical engineering firms due to the complicated technical aspect of the job.
  • Drawings originally submitted for construction were minimum in detail, compared to the scope of the project.
  • A 50 foot ceiling posed lighting and installation challenges.
project highlights:
  • Coordinated efforts with gear manufacturers to custom build stacked panels due to load density in the data center.
  • Compartmentalized 36" raised floor system to support electrical and mechanical distribution.
  • Worked in coordination with other electrical contractors that had worked on the base building
  • First urban data center of its kind in Charlotte and, at opening, the second largest trading floor outside of Manhattan
  • Advanced lighting and motorized shade control.
  • Coordination drawings were created by our engineering department to assist the field in interpreting the intent of the construction documents. Project set new standard for WB Moore coordination drawings

The proof? A fully-functioning data center with redundant capacity and both emergency and critical distribution for uninterrupted, 24/7 operations.