Deloitte headed for Wachovia tower

Another big tenant is set to join Wachovia Corp. in the Charlotte bank's new headquarters tower.

Deloitte LLP, the accounting and consulting firm, said Tuesday it has signed a lease for 82,000 square feet in the Wachovia Corporate Center under construction on South Tryon Street. Deloitte, which is leaving the Carillon Building uptown, will be the third-biggest tenant behind the bank and Duke Energy Corp.

Wachovia spokeswoman Carrie Ruddy said the $880 million tower is fully leased, but there are still short-term locations available where tenants don't have immediate plans to use all of their space.

Despite recent losses and the ouster this month of chief executive Ken Thompson, the bank has said the project remains on track. The building, the centerpiece of a new arts and cultural campus, is expected to open in 2010.

Wachovia has said it will fill about half of the 48-story tower's 1.5 million square feet, while Duke is taking around 240,000 square feet. Wake Forest's Babcock Graduate School of Management is another anchor.

Other Wachovia Corporate Center tenants include law firms Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP and Sonnenschein Nath & Rosenthal LLP. Another large tenant hasn't publicly announced its lease, Ruddy said.

Wachovia is seeking Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, or LEED, certification for the building's various green features. Tenants have also promised to seek LEED certification for their interiors, Ruddy said.