Ally Center Build Presents New Challenges

The 26-story Ally Charlotte Center is a welcome addition to Uptown Charlotte’s skyline. Developed by Crescent Communities, Ally Charlotte Center features 750,000-square-feet of office space, approximately 30,000-square-feet of ground floor retail and restaurants, a 12,000-square-feet public plaza, a 1,400-space parking garage and a 380-key JW Marriott hotel with a rooftop pool. Ally Financial, the anchor tenant, envisioned an impressive Class-A tower to bring its employees from three separate locations under one roof. As the project got underway, the pandemic hit the U.S.—presenting challenges in meeting an already aggressive schedule while mitigating exposure of McKenney’s teams in charge of the base build, interiors upfit and controls installation. To create a safe working environment, the McKenney’s team applied physical distancing and mechanical systems that improved air quality and reduced the potential for virus exposure during construction. This allowed the team to protect its 42-person crew. The McKenney’s team also used its full cycle of services—Design, Build, Manage and Maintain—to deliver high-quality energy efficient solutions. From the Virtual Construction team supporting the building of the core and shell structure and the Automation team handling controls, to the Interiors and Special Projects team managing the interiors upfit. To meet the aggressive schedule and ensure compliance to the owner’s budget, the McKenney’s team used the Target Value Design delivery method to weave the design team’s engineering strengths with the knowledge of building designs, costs, systems and component performance, schedules, and constructability 


  • Aggressive schedule for base build, interiors upfit and controls installation  
  • Compliance with the owner’s budget


  • Installed mechanical systems to improve air quality while maintaining physical distancing  
  • Target Value Design


  • Completed base build ahead of budget  
  • Met quick timeline for rough-in and finishes  
  • Premier destination for Uptown Charlotte 
Project Name

Ally Charlotte Center


Charlotte. North Carolina


Owner: Crescent Communities
General Contractor: Brasfield & Gorrie
Contractor: McKenney’s, Inc.