From office high-rises to a brewery overlooking the French Broad River, the state’s most compelling new buildings run the gamut. The third annual Building North Carolina awards, selected from projects completed between July 1, 2015, and June 30, 2016, showcase commercial structures based on their design, innovation and community impact.
Allan and Laura Wilson Humanities and Fine Arts Center
GENERAL CONTRACTOR: Edifice, Charlotte
ARCHITECT: LS3P, Charleston, S.C.
COST: $45 million
SIZE: 150,000 square feet
Wilmington’s newest arts venue is not only New Hanover County’s largest theater, it’s a giant classroom for students at Cape Fear Community College. In addition to a 1,500-seat auditorium, the theater houses the college’s music, drama and art classrooms and faculty offices, rooms that previously had been scattered across the downtown campus. The center also has a smaller 108-seat theater and sculpture, dance and music studios, many with views of the Cape Fear River, plus a darkroom and courtyard for performances, exhibits or receptions. The center, named for members of the family behind the former Wilsons supermarket chain, surpasses UNC Wilmington’s Kenan Auditorium (1,000 seats), Minnie Evans Arts Center (955) and historic Thalian Hall (646).
Veterans Administration Health Care Centers
CHARLOTTE, FAYETTEVILLE AND KERNERSVILLE
GENERAL CONTRACTOR: JE Dunn Construction Co., Kansas City, Mo.
ARCHITECT: RPA Design, Charlotte
COST: $104 million
SIZE: 430,000 square feet
GENERAL CONTRACTORS: Samet Corp., Greensboro, and The Douglas Co., Holland, Ohio
ARCHITECT: Perkins + Will, Chicago
COST: $120 million
SIZE: 360,000 square feet
GENERAL CONTRACTOR: Lendlease Corp., Sydney, Australia
ARCHITECT: Perkins Eastman, New York
COST: $150 million
SIZE: 400,000 square feet
A building blitz by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs has brought
1 million square feet of new health care space to North Carolina, including three new “clinics” in Charlotte, Fayetteville and Kernersville. The clinics offer operating rooms, imaging spaces and services ranging from cardiology to eye exams. While they look like hospitals from the outside, they do not offer inpatient beds. For many veterans, a visit to one of the centers avoids a longer trip to VA hospitals in Asheville, Durham, Fayetteville or Salisbury. North Carolina has more than 736,000 veterans, eighth most in the U.S. and 7% of the state’s population.
Harrah’s Cherokee Valley River Casino & Hotel
GENERAL CONTRACTORS: Whiting-Turner Contracting Co., Baltimore, Md., and Owle Construction LLC, Whittier
ARCHITECT: Cuningham Group Architecture Inc., Minneapolis
COST: $110 million
SIZE: 125,000 square feet
The Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians opened its second casino last fall. Though Cherokee Valley is smaller than its big sister in Cherokee, it’s already drawing an average of about 3,000 visitors a day. Many are traveling across state lines, exactly what the tribe hoped for when it opened the casino on the western edge of the state, a fairly easy drive from Atlanta to the south and Chattanooga to the west. Georgia, Tennessee and South Carolina don’t permit commercial, tribal, pari-mutuel or racetrack betting. The Murphy casino has 50,000 square feet of gaming space along with a 300-room, seven-story hotel tower.
Northern Wake Campus, Wake Technical Community College
Health Sciences Building H
GENERAL CONTRACTOR: Barnhill Contracting Inc., Rocky Mount
ARCHITECT: LS3P, Charleston, S.C.
COST: $21 million
SIZE: 64,400 square feet
Applied Technology Building J, Regional Energy Plant 3
GENERAL CONTRACTORS: Balfour Beatty Construction LLC, Dallas, and Clancy & Theys Construction Co., Raleigh
ARCHITECT: LS3P, Charleston, S.C.
COST: Building J, $9.4 million; Regional Energy Plant 3, $5.6 million
SIZE: Building J, 26,800 square feet; Regional Energy Plant 3, 9,800
Regional Energy Plant 2
GENERAL CONTRACTOR: Skanska USA Building Inc., Parsippany, N.J.
ARCHITECT: Clark Nexsen, Virginia Beach, Va.
COST: $8.2 million
SIZE: 9,400 square feet
Most colleges keep the classrooms separate from the heating and cooling equipment. Wake Tech combined them in Regional Energy Plant 2, where the utilitarian cooling towers, boilers and chillers are on display to students, many of whom study building systems. At the end of the building is a glass box where a classroom floats above the ground, facing a grove of trees. It’s one of several new buildings on the fast-growing school’s northern campus. A health-sciences building, applied-technology building, additional plant (solely for public works) and a gym have recently opened or are under construction. Wake Tech broke ground in August on its newest campus, its sixth, adjacent to Research Triangle Park.
Bank of America Tower
GENERAL CONTRACTOR: Holder Construction, Atlanta
ARCHITECT: Duda/Paine Architects LLC, Durham
COST: $100 million
SIZE: 460,000 square feet
Raleigh’s newest office tower brings together about 550 Bank of America employees who had been scattered among four different office properties downtown and in north Raleigh. The 18-story North Hills tower houses the bank and its Merrill Lynch and U.S. Trust wealth-management groups, along with offices for G+S Communications, BusinessSuites, KPMG, Johnson Lambert, Newmark Grubb Knight Frank and structural engineers Ellinwood Machado. For the last 20 years, developer John Kane has been transforming the North Hills shopping center. Now, it’s a community of high-end retail, luxury apartments and office towers, including the newest BofA tower. Another 12-story office building is under construction, plus an AC Hotel and The Dartmouth apartments. Kane in September filed a request to rezone 34 acres in an adjacent development that could add 1.3 million square feet of office space, 125,000 square feet of retail space, 2,100 residential units, 950 hotel rooms and 450 senior-living units.
New Belgium Brewing Co. Brewery and Liquid Center
GENERAL CONTRACTOR: Adolfson & Peterson Construction, Minneapolis
ARCHITECT: Perkins + Will, Chicago
COST: $140 million
SIZE: 133,000 square feet
What was a stockyard, auction house and auto-salvage repair business in once-blighted West Asheville is now home to a brewery and tasting room overlooking the French Broad River. Fort Collins, Colo.-based New Belgium is one of several western craft brewers that have made an eastern migration, starting with Colorado’s Oskar Blues Brewery, which opened a location in Brevard in 2012, followed by California-based Sierra Nevada’s brewery, tap room and restaurant in Mills River. New Belgium offers tours of its brewery, which can produce 500,000 barrels annually. Thirsty visitors can sample the beer in the Liquid Center tasting room and on a deck overlooking a greenway with walking and bike paths, a tie to New Belgium’s signature bicycle.
Duke Chapel, Duke University
GENERAL CONTRACTOR: Romeo Guest Associates Inc., Durham
ARCHITECT: Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates Inc., Northbrook, Ill.
COST: $19.2 million
SIZE: 26,000 square feet
Duke’s iconic chapel reopened after a yearlong renovation, its first since opening in the 1930s. When a chunk of the limestone ceiling fell in 2012, the university began making plans for replacing the roof and the removal, refurbishment and return of seven large stained-glass windows. Crews also installed a new cooling system, cleaned and resealed the marble floors, and refinished the pews. The cathedral was designed by Julian Abele, the first African-American graduate of the architecture program at the University of Pennsylvania.
MEDICAL PROJECT: Cherokee Indian Hospital, CherokeeTwice the size of the existing hospital, the new one is purposefully long and lean to allow for more light in patient rooms. GENERAL CONTRACTOR: Robins & Morton, Birmingham, Ala.; ARCHITECT: Design Strategies, Greenville, S.C.; COST: $82 million; SIZE: 150,000 square feet. Photo provided by Cherokee Indian Hospital
MEDICAL PROJECT: Tracey F. Smith Hall of Nursing & Health Sciences, Campbell UniversityThe four-story nursing school neighbors Campbell’s School of Osteopathic Medicine on the university’s health-sciences campus. Various university programs train doctors, nurses, pharmacists, physical therapists, physician assistants and administrators. GENERAL CONTRACTOR: T.A. Loving Co., Goldsboro; ARCHITECT: Little Diversified Architectural Consulting, Charlotte; COST: $22 million; SIZE: 72,000 square feet. Photo by Marc Lamkin
ENTERTAINMENT/SPORTS PROJECT: Brooks Field at Wallace Wade Stadium, Duke University, DurhamDuke’s football stadium has completed a phase of renovations including a new press tower, ticket booths and enhanced concession stands, restrooms and seating. GENERAL CONTRACTOR: The Beck Group, Dallas; ARCHITECT: The Beck Group, Dallas; COST: $100 million; SIZE: 97,000 square feet. Photo provided by The Beck Group
ENTERTAINMENT/SPORTS PROJECT: Carolina Harbor, Carowinds, CharlotteAs part of a $50 million, multiyear expansion and renovation, Carowinds opened its spruced-up water park, including a six-story slide and amenities such as poolside cabanas. GENERAL CONTRACTOR: Southside Constructors Inc., Charlotte; ARCHITECT: Design Strategies, Greenville, S.C.; COST: N/A; SIZE: 51,000 square feet. Photo provided by Carowinds.
PUBLIC PROJECT: First Ward Park, CharlotteTwo fountains, walking paths and spaces for events such as the Music Box Lunch series and First Ward Fridays highlight this urban park next to UNC Charlotte’s 11-story, $50 million center-city building that opened in 2011. GENERAL CONTRACTOR: Rodgers Builders Inc., Charlotte; ARCHITECT: LS3P, Charleston, S.C.; LANDSCAPE ARCHITECT: Shadley Associates, Lexington, Mass.; COST: $18 million; SIZE: 4.6 acres. Photo provided by Rodgers Builders.
PUBLIC PROJECT: Henderson County Joint Health Education Center, HendersonvilleThe three-story building is on the Pardee Hospital campus, but the center is home to three institutions: the hospital, Wingate University and Blue Ridge Community College. GENERAL CONTRACTOR: Vannoy Construction, Jefferson; ARCHITECT: Clark Nexsen, Virginia Beach, Va.; COST: $32 million; SIZE: 99,000 square feet. Photo provided by Vannoy Construction.
COMMERCIAL PROJECT: Capitol Towers South Park, CharlotteThe first of two 10-story towers — the second is in the works — is home to the headquarters of chemical company Albemarle Corp. and the Dixon Hughes Goodman LLP accounting firm. GENERAL CONTRACTOR: Shelco Inc., Charlotte; ARCHITECT: LS3P, Charleston, S.C.; COST: N/A; SIZE: About 236,000 square feet. Photo provided by LS3P.
COMMERCIAL PROJECT: 101 N. Third, WilmingtonBB&T is the anchor tenant of the office building, which is also home to law firm Smith Moore Leatherwood LLP and LS3P’s Wilmington offices. The building’s design ties in with historic landmarks near this prominent corner of downtown. GENERAL CONTRACTOR: Barnhill Contracting Inc., Rocky Mount; ARCHITECT: LS3P, Charleston, S.C.; COST: $6.8 million; SIZE: 67,000 square feet. Photo provided by Will Page Photography.
MANUFACTURING PROJECT: Purdue Pharma Manufacturing LP, DurhamPrescription-drug manufacturer Purdue Pharma, maker of OxyContin and other pain medications, opened a new manufacturing facility in Durham’s Treyburn Corporate Park. GENERAL CONTRACTOR: BE&K Building Group, Greenville, S.C; ARCHITECT: SSOE Group, Toledo, Ohio; COST: N/A; SIZE: 188,000 square feet. Photo provided by Stanley Capps Photography.
MANUFACTURING PROJECT: Frenzelit North America Inc., LexingtonThe North American division of Germany-based Frenzelit expanded its Lexington presence with a new manufacturing facility and corporate office. Frenzelit makes gaskets and seals, technical textiles, and industrial and automotive insulation. GENERAL CONTRACTOR: Omega Construction, Pilot Mountain; ARCHITECT: Thomas H. Hughes Architecture P.C., Winston-Salem; COST: $7.6 million; SIZE: 68,500 square feet. Photo provided by Beth Tilley Green.
RENOVATION PROJECT: N.C. Aquarium, Roanoke IslandOne of North Carolina Aquariums’ three locations has renovated its exhibits, including the re-creation of the Civil War ironclad USS Monitor. GENERAL CONTRACTORS: Tungsten Corp., Myrtle Beach, S.C.; Color-Ad, Manassas, Va.; ARCHITECTS: Cambridge Seven Associates, Cambridge, Mass.; Moser Mayer Phoenix Architects, Greensboro; COST: $6.5 million; SIZE: 62,000 square feet. Photo provided by N.C. Aquariums.
RENOVATION PROJECT: R.J. Reynolds Building, Winston-SalemThe historic former headquarters of the R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co. is now Kimpton Cardinal Hotel and the Residences apartments in downtown Winston-Salem. GENERAL CONTRACTOR: PMC Property Group, Philadelphia; ARCHITECT: PMC Property Group, Philadelphia; COST: $60 million; SIZE: 314,000 square feet. Photo provided by The Kimpton Cardinal Hotel.