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BB&T Financial Center

200 West Second Street
Winston-Salem NC United States

Status:built
Construction Dates
  Began1985
  Finished1987
Floor Count21
Floor Area22,196 m²
Building Uses
 - office
 - conference
 - garden
 - parking garage
 - restaurant
Structural Types
 - highrise
Architectural Style
 - postmodern
Materials
 - glass
 - steel
 - aluminium
 - concrete


Description
Architect: Sherman Carter Barnhart
Developer: Webb Ventures 100
General Contractor: McDevitt & Street Co.
Original Tenant: Piedmont Airlines
Cost: $26 million
Groundbreaking: 1985
Opened: May 1987

The centerpiece of the Super Block proposal of 1977; the lots were cleared in 1983. City leaders envisioned skyscrapers filling the entire southern end of downtown. The entire four block Super Block was fully developed in 2001.

The tall Richardson Romanesque B&W Buildings were demolished in 1983 for this skyscraper.

Originally built as the headquarters for Piedmont Airlines; USAir (US Airways) felt threatened by the expanding Piedmont Airlines and took-over the airline in a hostile takeover around the time the building opened. It later became the headquarters for Southern National Bank and today is the headquarters for BB&T.

The building features a club on the top floor, known as the Piedmont Club. The club has a restaurant and meeting space. From the club, you can see as far as 75-100 miles / 121-161 kilometers depending on weather conditions.

Both the skyscraper and watergardens are built over a large underground parking deck. The building's design is based on flight and aircraft.

The park, known as Corpening Plaza (named for a former mayor leading the Super Block effort), was a gift to the city from Piedmont Airlines. It is the only water garden in the southeast United States and features waterfalls and multiple fountains. At the center is a tall waterfall leading outward from the skyscraper's indoor gardens. The waterfall is visible from the Interstate. Every year the park hosts concerts, festivals, weddings and the city's Christmas Tree.

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