Design helps LPL make the I-77 commute worth the hassle

By David Mildenberg

Atlanta architect David Brown may be a little-known name in Charlotte real estate, but few have had a bigger impact on the city’s look.

The principal at TVS Design played a key role in designing the TIAA-CREF campus near UNC Charlotte, the Duke Energy Center office tower downtown and most recently, the Sealed Air headquarters in southwest Charlotte and, now, LPL Financial Center in the Kingsley Park development in Fort Mill.

Each project has had a different mission, reflecting changing tastes of employers and their staffs, says Brown, who was hired for the four projects by Charlotte developers Childress Klein Partners, which was started by Atlanta-based Don Childress and Charlotte’s Fred Klein.

The TIAA campus was started in 1999, when there was limited focus on connecting shiny new offices with surrounding retail and housing projects. (The UNC Charlotte area is a mishmash of strip-center and big-box developments.) Twenty years later, LPL and many other employers want attractive buildings that connect with greenways and bike trails and are in walking distance of bars, restaurants and retail shops.

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