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Workers to begin assembling glass top on new Wachovia tower

Wachovia Corp.'s new office tower uptown is entering its next phase of construction as workers prepare to start assembling the building's glass topper.

So far, work has started on 42 stories of the tower, which will top out at 48 stories.

Most of the outer shell will be composed of concrete, but some of the upper floors will have a steel exterior to support the building's glass top. The steel exterior will start at floor 42 on the northeast corner, Tryon and First streets, and at floor 45 on the southwest corner, Stonewall and Church streets, said bank spokeswoman Carrie Ruddy.

The steel will start going up late next month, with the glass going up afterward, Ruddy said. The scaffolding that now surrounds the top of the building will be dismantled when the steel phase begins.

The building's core and shell should be finished by the end of 2009, Ruddy said. Wachovia and the tower's other tenants – including Duke Energy – will move in beginning in 2010, after the interior is finished.

Christina Rexrode