Crowning RBC Plaza – Update: 3rd Section

April 26th, 2008

Construction workers await the first piece in the morning sun.

RBC Plaza ready for its crown.

Unidentified helicopter monitoring the event.

Making final adjustments.

Removing the temporary wheels.

It begins to rise.

Standing up.

Up it goes.

Near the top.

Almost there.

A different angle.

Southeast corner goes first.

3 other similar pieces will rise, and finally the spire.

3rd Crown Piece

3rd section lifting.


  1. Anonymous says:

    April 29th, 2008 at 6:42 pm (#)

    Fantastic Photos! I enjoy seeing the progress every week. I think the RBC Plaza will be the best looking tall building in Raleigh. I hope the crown is illuminated at night like the artists rendering in the N&O on 4-21-08.

  2. Anonymous says:

    April 29th, 2008 at 8:38 pm (#)

    Hey Phil I just looked that up. The night rendering looks real nice. I hope they light it up bright and maybe do something like the BB&T building does around Christmas time. The skyline looks so much more complete now with this tower in the middle – we’ve said it before around here but to reiterate I sure hope they light it up tastefully because of its significance.

  3. Anonymous says:

    April 30th, 2008 at 12:32 pm (#)

    I had heard a rumor that they considered adding more condo floors when they the units were going so quickly, but that they were too far along to do so. Who knows how much credence to put in something going around construction circles, but it would not surprise me as they are sure to have left tons of money on the table with their quick sellout.

  4. Anonymous says:

    April 30th, 2008 at 10:44 pm (#)

    and then there was joe…

  5. Anonymous says:

    May 7th, 2008 at 12:39 pm (#)

    The crown looks nice!

  6. Anonymous says:

    May 7th, 2008 at 8:56 pm (#)

    I wanna live in that steeple!

  7. Anonymous says:

    May 14th, 2008 at 2:43 pm (#)

    No city will ever look like NYC or the older cities because we have building ordinances now. New York City was created when there were no rules about greenspace and blocking neighbors sun, ect.

  8. Anonymous says:

    May 14th, 2008 at 2:58 pm (#)

    Yay for the spire!!!

  9. Anonymous says:

    May 22nd, 2008 at 5:19 pm (#)

    Hey look, T SMITHERS ran!

  10. Anonymous says:

    May 23rd, 2008 at 8:06 am (#)

    I stand corrected. The building is taller. But look at the last picture on this series. Which building appears to be the tallest? Raleigh has many great things going for it…..but a modern or dramatic skyline is not one of them. The first mistake ever made was to put the RBC Plaza out in the middle of a cow field. Do you know how many people come to this town and laugh at that? If that would have been built in downtown that would have done amazing things for DT Raleigh. Imagine the hotels, the bars, nightclubs. Then, council approves for Raleigh’s largest building to be built in a flood plain by a mall. That building will look odd there. Do you know how that building would help to make Raleigh’s skyline if DT? But I hear that it was given the go ahead and would not look odd because it will give Raleigh a more Houston or Atlanta feel. Whatever! See, things just don’t come together for DT Raleigh. Sad, but true. =(

  11. Anonymous says:

    May 23rd, 2008 at 8:34 am (#)

    No SMITHERS….The tower is being built in the “flood plain” because of PRIVATE INVESTORS. That is the location that THEY wanted..the city of Raleigh would have liked it downtown, but it wasn’t a city funded tower. So please do your research before you give an opinion..otherwise you will continue to seem rather ignorant.

  12. Anonymous says:

    May 23rd, 2008 at 10:56 am (#)

    T SMITHERS, I think the RBC Arena (not RBC Plaza) and Soleil Center arguments are getting a little old… It should not be very difficult to see why the arena ended up where it did. It was much easier and much cheaper. At the same time, DT Raleigh had little to offer in terms of… pretty much anything at all. Accessibility was a big issue. As you can see, RBC Arena didn’t bring the investments we thought it would, and the same could have happened in downtown. Also, try to propose an arena in downtown these days and you will see the real obstacles. From NIMBYs to legal issues, there will be a ton of issues, and that was also the case back when the RBC Arena was first proposed.

    As for Soleil Center, why shouldn’t the city approve this tower? The whole flood plain issue has been addressed to everyone’s satisfaction, so it doesn’t really matter if you put a 10-story, or a 40-story building there. It will be a gorgeous tower and a wonderful addition. It will require no public investment and will bring a substantial amount of tax dollars to the city. Sure, I would love to have Soleil Center in DT Raleigh, but this won’t happen. For one Westin Hotel is the problem. THEY do not belive in DT Raleigh, yet, therefore it would be hard to convince them without our downtown maturing. Last, but not least, Soleil Group doesn’t own land downtown… Not yet.

    If you truly wish to complain, look no further than the convention hotel… If you think that a sports arena belongs downtown – and I agree with this – first ask whether our city leaders are capable of bringing us quality… If the Marriott Hotel is an indicator, I fear that any great investment would be nothing less than a waste of public funds. Until our leaders begin to think big, we cannot talk about arenas and other similar projects coming downtown. Don’t mean to be argumental, but the convention hotel would be a better case to argue against, IMHO.

  13. Anonymous says:

    December 19th, 2008 at 1:40 pm (#)

    I think it is the most beautiful building I have seen and a fantastic addition to the Raleigh skyline.

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