Charlotte, N.C.

The tallest building between Philadelphia and Atlanta, the Bank of America Corporate Center (third from right) was designed by Cesar Pelli and HKS Architects.

PARKING DECKS, CHARLOTTE-DOUGLAS INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT Architects: The Wilson Group (Charlotte) and LS3P Associates (Charlotte office) Developer: City of Charlotte Completed: May 2005 (West Deck), April 2007 (East Deck) Cost: $63.8 million The airport's West Deck (shown) won a 2006 AIA North Carolina institutional design award and a 2006 International Association of Lighting Designers merit award.

VIRTUAL VILLAGE COMMUNICATION CENTER Architect: Mistri Associates Architects (now Mistri Hardaway Architects) Developer: Public Library of Charlotte and Mecklenburg County Completed: 2001 Cost: $500,000 Housed in the city's main library, the 11,000-square-foot digital media room received an honorable mention in the 2002 AIA/ Charlotte Business Journal's Bottom Line Awards, a 2002 National Association of Counties Achievement Award, and a 2003 Disabilities Services Award from the Association of Specialized and Cooperative Library Agencies.

IMAGINON: THE JOE & JOAN MARTIN CENTER Architects: Gantt Huberman Architects (Charlotte) in association with Holzman Moss Architecture (New York) Developer: Public Library of Charlotte and Mecklenburg County Completed: 2005 Cost: $28 million (construction only) This full-city-block facility houses a youth library and performance spaces and was the county's first LEED Silver structure.

THE WATERMARK Architects: Perkins Will (Charlotte office) Developer: Tuscan Development Completed: August 2006 Cost: $7 million The unabashedly modernist look of the 34,000-square-foot office building was inspired by Werner Sobek's R128 house (2002) in Stuttgart, Germany.

ZEITGEIST BUILDING Architect: Laughing Dog Studio Architecture (Charlotte) Developers: Bruce Clodfelter and Clay Andrews Completed: 2005 Cost: $850,000 Developed specifically for creative businesses, the 4,000-squarefoot structure won AIA Charlotte's 2005 Carole Hoefener Carriker Sustainable Design Award.

CENTRAL 27 Architect: Tobin Dudley (Charlotte) Developer: Tuscan Development Completed: April 2007 Cost: $4.5 million Located in Charlotte's Plaza Midwood area, the 27-unit condo building was voted the most unique development among in-town neighborhoods by the readers of Uptown Magazine.

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