Attracting applicants from all over the United States, Charlotte School of Law is the first American Bar Association-approved law school in North Carolina’s most populous city. In June 2007, a permanent location for the school was chosen next to historic Bryant Park—one of the gateways to Charlotte’s Center City District. The central location, close to Uptown Charlotte ASSOCIATED FIRMLS3P Associates, Core/Shell ArchitectCAPACITY500COST PER SQ FT$150.00FEATURED IN2008 Architectural PortfolioSUB CATEGORYWork in Progress accessible to the area’s interstate system, puts all of Charlotte’s amenities in easy reach of students, as well as the community that uses the law library.
The design intent of the project was to create exceptional architecture, revitalize green space and maximize center city views on this space. The development challenges on the urban infill site included brownfield land, excessive grades and frontage along an intense vehicular corridor.
Designed using a precast concrete and metal-panel exterior, the building encompasses upgraded, high-performance, low-E glazed windows. The mechanical systems include a package rooftop HVAC system that operates on direct-digital-control (DDC) technology.
Using concrete slab foundations on steel and wood piles and steel-braced frame construction, the four-story law school includes nine classrooms, two knowledge bars, a fully functional courtroom, eight bathrooms, two elevators, 62 offices and a 24,000-square-foot library. In order for the school to accommodate the library structurally, the second floor was built on-grade with a reinforcing slab to support high-density shelving.