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Capitol Center
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Capitol Center
Alternative names BB&T Building
AT&T Building
Affinity Building
SouthTrust Tower
General information
Status Complete
Type Commercial offices
Location Assembly and Gervais Streets, Columbia, South Carolina
Coordinates 34°0′4″N 81°2′5″W / 34.00111°N 81.03472°W / 34.00111; -81.03472
Completed 1985-1987
Height
Roof 106.4 m (349 ft)
Technical details
Floor count 26
Floor area 460,000 sq ft (43,000 m2)
Lifts/elevators 11
Design and construction
Architect GMK Associates

Capitol Center is an office skyscraper in Columbia, South Carolina. At 106.4 m (349 ft), it is the tallest building in South Carolina. The tower has about 1,000 people inside working every week and about 400 offices. A 26-story skyscraper, it was the tallest structure in South Carolina from its completion in December 1987 to the completion of the Prysmian Copper Wire Tower in Abbeville in 2009. The tower was built on the site of the former Wade Hampton Hotel which was imploded in July 1985. This modern building exterior is finished in double-paned tinted glass with horizontal bands of anodized aluminum color panels. The 25-story tower was completed in 1987 during a Columbia high-rise building boom, as the AT&T Building. Naming rights have been previously held by Affinity and South Trust Bank. The current signage on the building is held by BB&T Bank. During its construction in 1986, gubernatorial candidate Carroll Campbell successfully used the then unfinished structure, whose construction was partially financed by the State of South Carolina, as a symbol for excessive government spending.

Capitol Center contains 460,020 sq ft (42,737 m2) of office space, at over 90% occupancy, the building leases to some state government agencies, several top law firms in the state, and other businesses. Attached to the tower is a 7-story parking garage containing over 1,000 spaces. The 25th floor is home to The Capital City Club.

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