This award is given by the NASCAR Hall of Fame, which is located in Charlotte, North Carolina, and recognizes drivers who have demonstrated exceptional skill in NASCAR driving as well as all-time great crew chiefs and owners, broadcasters, and other significant contributors to competition within the sanctioning body.
Following a commitment by NASCAR to construct a Hall of Fame, the city of Charlotte was chosen as the site on March 6, 2006. Building on the $160 million facility began on January 26, 2007, and it formally opened on May 11, 2010, with the inaugural class of NASCAR Sprint All-Stars inaugurated the day after the 2010 NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race. NASCAR Plaza, a 20-story office structure that debuted in May 2009 alongside the Hall of Fame, is another attraction.
The 390,000-square-foot (36,000-square-meter) structure houses the NASCAR Hall of Fame’s administrative offices, as well as NASCAR Digital Media, the organization’s licensing business, and Dusenberry Martin Racing, the company that licenses NASCAR video games (now known as 704Games). The Charlotte Regional Partnership and Lauth Property Group are among the other tenants of the building. It was Richard Petty and Dale Inman who helped ceremoniously reveal the inaugural artifact in the Hall of Fame, a Plymouth Belvedere driven by Petty to 27 victories in 1967.
The NASCAR Hall of Fame is owned by the City of Charlotte, which was responsible for its construction and is also the building’s developer. The Charlotte Regional Visitors Authority, on the other hand, is in charge of running it. Winston Kelley serves as the executive director of the NASCAR Hall of Fame.
Designers Pei Cobb Freed & Partners and structural engineers Leslie E. Robertson Associates worked together on the project, which was recognized internationally. Little Diversified Architectural Consulting, based in Newell, North Carolina, is the local architectural firm in charge of monitoring many aspects of the project’s design and construction. The office skyscraper was designed by LS3P Associates, Ltd., who also served as associate architect.
Tobin Starr + Partners served as the site architect for the project, representing Pei Cobb Freed & Partners on a full-time basis throughout the construction process. Zahner, based in Kansas City, completed the engineering and production of the stainless steel möbius that wraps around the structure.
Design for the display was done by Ralph Appelbaum Associates, while illumination for the installation was done by Technical Artistry. Tobin Starr + Partners is the architect of record for the exhibit and theater areas in the convention center. It was the engineering firm of JB&B that handled the mechanical, electrical, and plumbing work.
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