Levine Center for the Arts — 2012 Global Awards for Excellence Winner

Knight Theater - Home of the North Carolina Dance Theater. Photo credit: Mitchell Kearney

Knight Theater - Home of the North Carolina Dance Theater. Photo credit: Mitchell Kearney

About the Levine Center for the Arts

Owner: Wells Fargo & Co.
Developer: Childress Klein Properties, Wells Fargo & Co.
Designer: Duke Energy Center and Knight Theater – tvsdesign; Mint Museum – Machado and Silvetti Associates; Bechtler Museum – Mario Botta, Wagner Murray Architects; Harvey B Gantt Center for African American Arts and Culture – The Freelon Group/Neighboring Concepts; Landscape/master plan – HGOR Planners and Landscape Architects
Location: Charlotte, North Carolina

Why the Levine Center?

Located on the southernmost edge of uptown Charlotte, the Levine Center for the Arts represents a world class urban experience and has laid the groundwork for the beginnings of a blossoming cultural arts revolution within the city. This dynamic development transforms over four acres of surface parking lots on three separate blocks within Charlotte’s Center City into a vibrant and high-energy arts district. Progressive architecture interwoven with public art and carefully planned spaces provide the opportunity for new retail and restaurants to activate and enhance the street level experience. Highlights of the project include four cultural facilities – the Knight Theater (a 1,200 set performing arts facility), the Harvey B. Gantt Center for African American Arts and Culture, the Bechtler Museum of Modern Art, and the Mint Museum; a 2,200 space below grade parking deck; and the Duke Energy Center – the first and tallest office tower to receive the highest level of certification under the USGBC’s LEED for Core and Shell rating system Version 2.0.

Levine Center for the Arts…

Mint Museum - Levine Center for the Arts

The Mint Museum - Main Hall with Knight theater beyond. Photo credit: Anton Grassi, Esto Photography

  • Community commitment: a prime example of what a public/private partnership can achieve for the community’s benefit.
  • Amazing architecture: 6 structures, 9 architectural firms- each innovative building is unique yet melds into the Arts District.
  • Vendor diversity: 37% of construction spending went to minority/women-owned businesses and/or small businesses.
  • Sustainable space: home to a LEED Platinum office tower that requires all tenants to obtain LEED CI certification.
  • Vibrant amenities: 4 exciting cultural facilities plus upcoming new tenants including a restaurant by Chef Emeril Lagasse.

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