The 46-story Hearst Tower is Charlotte's fourth tallest building and contains 970,002 rentable sq. ft. The Hearst Tower features a high-rise element that combines horizontal bands of glass with strong vertical piers of stone and precast concrete. The building has a reverse floorplate design which gives the tower its distinctive flared out appearance towards the tower’s top. The 32 floor tower rests atop a 15 floor podium which contains the building lobby, a 1,400 space parking garage, retail, and Trading Floor. The Trading Floor gives the Hearst Tower its unique “building within a building” concept. One of the largest trading floors in North America, the three-story operation features a massive wall of Pilkington glass to maximize the amount of natural light reaching the floor. The materials used throughout the building are rich, evoking the art deco period with a color scheme of black, white, gray and bronze. Black Chinese granite bands the exterior and is also found in the lobby and elevator cabs. Bronze stairway and balcony grilles from a 1920s Paris department store are found within the College Street lobby. Leading to the main entrance of the building is the Hearst Plaza, a beautiful outdoor plaza that is lined with restaurants, shops, galleries and landscaped planters. At the entrance of the plaza is a 10-foot cast glass and bronze fountain. For more information on Hearst Tower visit the building website by clicking the link shown on the upper right corner of this page. Or cut and paste: http://www.hearsttower.info/ into your browser.