Churchill Hall

Great Companies Look for Innovative Office Environments to Recruit and Retain Top Talent


  • Tri Properties exceeds investment expectations with faster lease up and rents above their pro forma
  • Building delivers 16% annual energy savings and reduces HVAC load by 33 tons
  • Enhances tenant comfort by increasing access to natural light
  • Location
    Durham, NC
  • Owner
    Tri Properties
  • Equity Partner
    Principal Real Estate Investors
  • General Contractor
    Clancy & Theys Construction Co
  • Architect
    Little Diversified
  • Project Type
    New Construction
  • Project Specs
    5-story, 151,579 sq. ft.
  • Sustainability
    LEED Gold Core & Shell (anticipated)
We're ahead of schedule on lease up in this building and rents are above our pro forma. We're exceeding our investment team's expectations and View is an integral part of this. 
- Greg Sanchez

Managing Director at Tri Properties

Tri Properties has played a significant role in the Research Triangle Park area of Durham, North Carolina commercial real estate marketplace since 1991 by focusing on a foundation of teamwork, results, and integrity. Their development at Imperial Center remains one of the Southeast's largest and most successful business parks, located at the intersection of Interstates 40 and 540 between RTP, Raleigh, Durham, Cary, and the Raleigh–Durham International (RDU) Airport. Tri Properties partnered with Principle Real Estate Investors to develop Churchill Hall at the Imperial Center, to meet the increasing demand from tech tenants for sustainable, healthy, and high-tech workplaces.

Tri Properties selected View for Churchill Hall to provide a workplace that will allow tenants to attract the best employees and keep them excited about coming to work and doing their best every day. Open floorplans with floor to ceiling windows are expected by modern workforces. This made View smart windows an excellent fit for Tri Properties vision and has contributed to faster lease-up and premium rent rates above their investment expectations.

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We are excited to partner with Tri Properties and employ an innovative approach to improving the tenant experience. Further demonstrating the vision that has made us a leader in the Triangle market, Principal Real Estate Investors and Tri Properties are introducing a state-of-the-art LEED® building completely void of mini-blinds and positioning ourselves as the first landlord that frees tenants from the choice between extreme glare or a wall of blinds. 
- Brenda Wadle

Asst. Managing Director, Principal Real Estate Investors

Tenants of the new development, such as Pearson North America, are thrilled to have endless outdoor views, with no blinds or shades. Steve Santana, SVP of Technology at Pearson said, "I've had lots of conversations with employees about our new office and the biggest comment is always about the connection to nature and how much more open they feel to the outside world."

In addition, the inclusion of View Smart Windows was crucial in helping the building achieve LEED Gold pre-certification by decreasing energy consumption 16% and reducing HVAC load requirements by 33 tons.

Principal Real Estate Investors is the dedicated real estate investment group within Principal Global Investors. With six decades of experience, Principal Real Estate Investors manages or sub-advises $74.9 billion in commercial real estate assets, including both public and private equity and debt investments.