Duke Energy leases Tompkins Hall in Charlotte

Duke Energy said Thursday that it’s leasing the office space under construction at Tompkins Hall, a mill that’s more than a century old just north of uptown.

The office space will be a big departure for Duke Energy, which has traditionally housed its uptown workers in the office towers dotting the city’s skyline. Meant to be more funky and collaborative than typical uptown office space, about 400 Duke Energy employees will work at the former mill on a permanent basis, with about 100 more working there on a rotating basis.

“It’s important to note that we do not have this kind of space available in our existing buildings in Charlotte,” Duke spokesman Neil Nissan said. “The innovative design of the facility and unique work space is a perfect fit to support our strategy to continue delivering customer-focused products and services.”

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Interior of Tompkins Hall in December 2016, before renovation.

Ely Portillo

Teams working at Tompkins Hall will include employees “focused on developing new customer programs and solutions,” Nissan said.

The historic mill is next to the Blue Line light rail extension in the Optimist Park neighborhood, at 16th Street and Parkwood Avenue, near the Parkwood station. The Blue Line extension is set to start running by March 2018.

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