Weekend move brings Durham’s Suntrust Tower to Raleigh

April 1st, 2012
 
 
 
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In what many Durham residents called an outright heist, SunTrust Bank relocated it’s downtown Durham office tower to the city of Raleigh in one of the largest building moves in history. Citing the need to alleviate rush hour traffic on both Interstate 40 and the Durham Freeway, Raleigh mayor Nancy McFarlane welcomed the classic 17 story Art Deco high rise to the city center.

A large parking lot adjacent to Enterprise Rent-A-Car and the Raleigh Convention Center will serve as the new location for the building.

Work began shortly before the Hill Building move in Durham
Work began shortly before the Hill Building move in Durham
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Clearing the way for the SunTrust Tower move to Raleigh
Clearing the way for the SunTrust Tower move to Raleigh
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The SunTrust Tower move was not without protest from Durham denizens
The SunTrust Tower move was not without protest from Durham denizens
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The 17 story SunTrust Tower was hoisted on a massive platform for the day long move
The 17 story SunTrust Tower was hoisted on a massive platform for the day long move
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Workers check the platform on which the SunTrust Tower rolls into Raleigh
Workers check the platform on which the SunTrust Tower rolls into Raleigh
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Weekend move of the SunTrust Tower to downtown Raleigh seen from incoming airplane over Interstate 40
Weekend move of the SunTrust Tower to downtown Raleigh seen from incoming airplane over Interstate 40
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The building didn’t feel like sitting in some eventual traffic on I-40, so it took Highway 70 into downtown Raleigh.

Raleigh's Oakwood residents welcome the SunTrust Tower from Durham during the slow move
Raleigh’s Oakwood residents welcome the SunTrust Tower from Durham during the slow move
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Durham's SunTrust Tower seen in the Raleigh Skyline after the move
Durham’s SunTrust Tower seen in the Raleigh Skyline after the move
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SunTrust Tower absent from Downtown Durham
SunTrust Tower absent from Downtown Durham
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CCB/Suntrust Tower/Hill Building relocated in Raleigh
CCB/Suntrust Tower/Hill Building relocated in Raleigh
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Weekend move brings Durham’s Suntrust Tower to Raleigh

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