Project Summary
FNB Tower at 501 Fayetteville Street

Downtown Raleigh’s skyline is forever changed with the addition of 22-story mixed-use FNB Tower.

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The Space
  • 2020 Green Globes Project of the Year Honorable Mention
  • 2020 Triangle Business Journal Space Awards, Top Mixed-Use Development
Square Footage 438,000
Location Raleigh, NC
A combination of office, retail, and residential space, the sleek tower adds to the vibrancy of the downtown scene. Pennsylvania-based First National Bank anchors the building with a 40,000-SF regional headquarters housing regional leadership as well as a retail banking office on the building’s ground floor. Built on an existing subsurface parking deck, the massive tower includes ground level retail and leasing office space, 6 levels of commercial office space occupying floors 2-7, and 258 residential units on floors 9-22. Employees and residents alike can enjoy stunning views of downtown Raleigh through floor-to-ceiling windows. Residential floors offer luxury one- and two-bedroom units with fireplaces and modern finishes. Upscale amenities accommodate the downtown lifestyle with bike and tenant storage, a dog washing station, residential club, lounge, gym, outdoor pool, yoga studio, and outdoor terrace area.


With just 50 feet between buildings there was little room for the tower crane.  When the parking deck was built, the crane foundation was left in place in anticipation of future development.  Choate uncovered the foundation and constructed the tower crane through the existing garage.  This required extreme coordination to ensure the safety of people using the deck.  Choate designed and built a covered pedestrian walkway with overhead protection and lighting, allowing continued use of south plaza pedestrian connector.


Recognizing that people needed to get to work and wanting to be considerate of the building’s neighbors, Choate created a logistics plan to allow pedestrians and vehicles to move safely around the jobsite.

Choate designed and built a covered pedestrian walkway with overhead protection and lighting, allowing continued use of south plaza pedestrian connector.  Choate also created detailed traffic plans for Wilmington and Fayetteville Streets, two main arteries. Wilmington was the only street that could be used for deliveries because Fayetteville Street runs above the underground parking structure.  Wilmington is heavily congested during rush hour, preventing permanent lane closures.  Choate shifted traffic patterns twice per day in order to maximize operations while not impacting commuters.  After 9:30am, two lanes of the street could be used for construction deliveries.  There was no lay-down area in this tight space. All deliveries were scheduled in advance and accepted onto the site only at their designated time slot.

The fast-track project was completed in just 23 months, on-budget and ahead of schedule.


Choate Construction partnered with ownership and the design team to make aggressive sustainability certifications a reality to create a healthier and more sustainable structure for years to come.  Many products were utilized in the finishes of the building that had documented beneficial environmental and life-cycle impacts as well as meeting low-emitting chemical concentrations that benefit air-quality and human health.

Regionally sourced Tennessee Crab Orchard Stone is a sophisticated, yet responsible exterior highlight of the building’s exterior.

This engineering marvel looks fabulous while taking the best steps to be sustainable and minimize its impact on the environment.


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