Arts & Entertainment

Afro-American Cultural Center (AACC) Charlotte, North Carolina

Afro-American Cultural Center

TRC Worldwide Engineering, Inc. provided structural engineering design and contract administration services on this new four-story, 50,000 square foot headquarters for the AACC. The AACC is a 33-year-old institution whose mission is to preserve, promote and present African American art, history and culture through comprehensive programs which include presentations in the visual arts, performing arts, and innovative educational initiatives. The building will include 3 exhibit areas, multi-purpose room/theater, roof-top terrace for receptions, meetings and community gatherings, classrooms, atrium/reception/event space and a Museum Store. Stairs and escalators will carry visitors to the main second floor lobby from both ends of the building.

The AACC's new facility will be located in an area once occupied by the historic Brooklyn neighborhood, the once-thriving center of the Black community which was raised in the 1960's. It will be a key component in Phase One of Charlotte's Cultural Arts Facilities Master Plan.

Key Structural Components
Spread footings on sound rock foundation system
Reinforced concrete first floor slab over Truck & Car Tunnel
Composite steel and concrete slab elevated floor and roof system with steel braced frames
Structural steel hung catwalk and lighting grid system
Design Team
Architect: The Freelon Group in association with Neighboring Concepts
Illustration: Studioamd
Structural Engineers: TRC Worldwide Engineering, Inc.
New Construction: 50,000 GSF
Construction Cost: $18.8 Million
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