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Strategic Connections installed new lighting, rigging, and curtains for University of North Carolina School of the Arts Stevens Center.

Originally a 1929 silent movie theater, the Stevens Center is a magnificently restored, neoclassical theater located in downtown Winston-Salem, NC. When it re-opened in April 1983, the Stevens Center became the primary performance space for the University of North Carolina School of the Arts as well as the Winston-Salem Symphony, Piedmont Opera Theater, and several other local and state arts organizations.

The center has played host to an amazing variety of performances, including the world premieres of Neil Simon’s “Lost in Yonkers,” winner of a Pulitzer Prize and four Tony awards, STOMP, musicians including Tony Bennett and Alison Krauss, family performances like The Magic School Bus , all the way to the filming of Chris Daughtry’s music video “September.”

With such a broad spectrum of performances, the 1,364-seat theater requires excellent lighting for the audience to get the full effect. We were proud to lend our expertise to this task and be a part of this incredible theater by providing our expert commercial lighting design and installation in Winston-Salem.


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In 2007,  Wachovia announced that its new headquarters would be at 550 South Tryon Street. Fast forward four years and the building has a new owner: Duke Energy, who brings a dazzling lighting display to the Charlotte skyline.

While the handlebar-like structure at the top of the building is noticeable in photographs, the programmable exterior LED lighting provides a delightful show in person and video. The team at Strategic Connections in Charlotte was proud to design and install these intricate lighting displays. The developer says the Duke Energy Center is the only building like it in the country with that handlebar look. There’s one building similar to it in Shanghai.

The tower makes a noticeable impression on the Charlotte skyline at night.

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The skyscraper is 48-stories tall and provides 1.34 million-square-feet of space. The building has achieved Platinum-level LEED certification.

Occupying about 500,000 square feet, Duke Energy will be the primary tenant and have the most prestigious floors through the upper forty-eight, which will serve as the headquarters floors and will likely house the executive suites. Duke Energy will move in around late 2010.

The tower will have a sky window on top, and a garden—but only maintenance workers will have access.

The skyscraper would likely be full of tenants if Wachovia/Wells Fargo were still using it as its headquarters since the bank had planned to occupy the majority of the building.

Duke will also occupy floors thirty-six through forty-eight (as well as floors fifteen through twenty-two), though they won’t be nearly as fancy as the top floors.

Watch the lights in action:


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When the City of Raleigh reopened Fayetteville Street and created City Plaza, Strategic Connections was awarded the contract to install and program lighting for the four towers and the water fountains.

The 50-foot light towers are the centerpiece art work for City Plaza, that also serve a practical application. Created by renowned Greensboro artist Jim Gallucci, the light towers will allow for varying levels of lights for a myriad of uses in the City’s celebration plaza.

The tower design integrates LED lights, stainless steel oak leaves and a hidden area at the base of the towers that contain electrical panels to be used for various plaza events. The towers also offer a granite bumper seat to accommodate visitors to the plaza in need of a break.

Call Strategic Connections for your Lighting Project Today!

We work with businesses and organizations in Raleigh, Charlotte, Winston-Salem, and Myrtle Beach to create custom commercial lighting solutions. If you’d like to learn more or schedule a consultation, contact us by calling us at 800-255-5664 or by filling out the form below.