Best new N.C. structures: 2019 Building North Carolina awards
A new, modern campus social hub for East Carolina University. A renovated post office that capitalizes on the trend of food halls. A new home for America’s favorite pastime in Fayetteville. One of the state’s oldest cotton mills redeveloped for corporate office space and modern loft apartments. The sixth annual Building North Carolina awards highlight some of the state’s most impressive commercial real estate projects completed between July 1, 2018, and June 30, 2019, based on design, innovation and impact on their communities.
East Carolina University Student Center
General Contractor: Joint venture of T.A. Loving Co., Goldsboro, and Barnhill Contracting Co., Rocky Mount; in association with Metcon Construction Inc., Pembroke
Architect: Perkins and Will, Chicago
Owner: UNC System
Cost: $122 million
Size: 220,000 square feet
This year, East Carolina University unveiled its Main Campus Student Center, a project about 20 years in the making. The original plan called for a renovation of the Mendenhall Student Center that was constructed in the 1970s, but the university’s rapid growth required a new building. “Student centers only have one job: to be everything for everyone,” says Dean Smith, director of Student Centers at ECU. Taking input from students at town halls, the center houses a black box theater, Dowdy Student Stores, Dr. Jesse R. Peel LGBTQ Resource Center, Ledonia Wright Cultural Center, multiple lounges, meeting spaces, a 14,000-square-foot ballroom, six dining venues and a gaming center. ECU incorporated plenty of technology into the three-story design, including View smart windows that automatically tint according to the weather; hot-water coils beneath the floor for invisible heating; and a 42-foot-wide digital display, used to host outdoor movie nights, watch parties for athletic events and video game tournaments. The building’s design ties students back to the university, with ECU’s motto, fight song, and history engraved in different parts of the center.
General Contractor: Barnhill Contracting Co., Rocky Mount
Architect: Duda|Paine Architects LLP, Durham
Owner: Longfellow Real Estate Partners LLC, Durham
Cost: $100 million
Size: 350,000 square feet
Part of the 1.7 million-square-foot innovation district in downtown Durham, the two 175,000-square-foot Durham.ID buildings on Morris Street add corporate-office space and form a new life-sciences research hub. Anchored by WeWork and Duke Clinical Research Institute, the buildings include ground-floor retail amenities, rooftop restaurants and terraces, and office and research space on each of the seven floors. The complex includes a courtyard plaza that provides public space to showcase work from local artists and an eight-story parking deck.
Morgan Street Food Hall
General Contractor: A.B. Goodrich Contracting LLC, Raleigh
Architect: New City Design Group Pllc, Raleigh
Owner: Niall Hanley, hibernian co., raleigh
Size: 22,000 square feet
In Raleigh, the renovation of a 1920s U.S. Post Office that led to Morgan Street Food Hall hops on board a national trend. Restaurateur Niall Hanley’s Warehouse District site encompasses more than 20,000 square feet with 22 culinary concepts, including established Raleigh restaurants and startups. Menus range from seafood, Southern plates, smoothies and desserts to Latin American, Asian and Mediterranean cuisine. The food hall is also home to an indoor/outdoor bar and an outdoor space called The Arbor.
Appalachian State University Leon Levine Hall of Health Sciences
General Contractor: Rodgers Builders Inc., Charlotte
Architect: LS3P Associates Ltd., Charleston, S.C.
Owner: UNC System
Cost: $80 million
Size: 203,000 square feet
Named after Family Dollar Stores Inc. founder Leon Levine, whose foundation donated $5 million in 2018, the building houses the Beaver College of Health Sciences at Appalachian State University. It’s the university’s first building constructed off its main campus and is on land donated by Boone-based Appalachian Regional Healthcare System. The five-story structure encompasses 12 disciplines that were previously housed in seven different campus buildings. The three-story hall has 33 classrooms and 27 labs and research spaces for studying food innovation and exploration; exercise physiology and human performance; nursing simulation; and other areas.
Novel Stonewall Station
General Contractor: Whiting-Turner Contracting Co., Baltimore
Architect: The Preston Partnership LLC, Atlanta
Owner: Lennar Multifamily Communities LLC, a subsidiary of Lennar Corp., Miami
Cost: $150 million
Size: 146,578 square feet
Developed by Charlotte’s Crescent Communities and local partners CNM Enterprises LLC, the 459-unit apartment complex in downtown Charlotte sits above more than 60,000 square feet of retail space, including a Whole Foods Market, and is adjacent to the Lynx Blue Line light rail. The 19-story building includes skyline views with a 3,500-square-foot heated pool, rooftop beer garden, outdoor picnic area, grilling stations, glass-enclosed fitness center and off-leash dog park. Three 80-foot murals designed by local artist Osiris Rain decorate the central courtyard. Brooklyn artist Marc Fornes designed an 18,000-square-foot painted sculpture wrapped around the 10-story parking deck known as the “Wanderwall,” one of the largest public artworks in the state.
General Contractor: Barton Malow Co., Southfield, Mich.
Architect: Populous Architects PC, Kansas City, Mo.; SFL+A Architects PA, Raleigh
Owner: City of Fayetteville
Cost: $40 million
Size: 6.1 acres
Minor league baseball returned to Fayetteville in April with the opening of Segra Stadium for the new Fayetteville Woodpeckers. The city has a 30-year lease with the team, which is controlled by Houston Astros owner Jim Crane. The project’s original budget of $33 million was revised due to mounting labor and construction costs. About 6,200 fans filled the downtown stadium on the first night, though official capacity is 5,242. Season attendance topped 254,000. Adjacent hotel and office projects are expected to be completed in early 2021, according to the Fayetteville Observer.
Credit Suisse, Research Triangle ParkGeneral Contractor: Brasfield & Gorrie LLC, Birmingham, Ala. Architect: Gensler Architecture, Design & Planning P.C., San Francisco Cost: $70.5 million Size: 250,000 square feet The four-story Credit Suisse office developed by Dallas-based KDC opened in June this year. It’s part of the company’s $100 million expansion in the Triangle announced in 2017, a move that will help accommodate 1,200 new technology, finance and risk-management positions. Credit Suisse already had 2,700 employees in the area. Located on a 62-acre site, the building provides a flexible work environment with adjustable-height workstations, project zones and phone rooms. A fitness center, basketball court, walking trails, business gardens, and terraced seating around a pond are among the amenities.
MidTown Square, CaryGeneral Contractor: J.D. Beam Inc., Raleigh Architect: New City Design Group Pllc, Raleigh Cost: $6 million Size: 25,000 square feet The MidTown Square project is a 65,000-square-foot adaptive reuse and redevelopment project of 1970s-era space in the center of downtown Cary. It includes a three-story, 25,000-square-foot mixed-use office and retail building. Located one block from Cary’s Academy Street, dining options include a wood-fired pizza shop, brewery and craft cocktail bar.
West End Station, Winston-SalemGeneral Contractor: Harold K. Jordan & Co., Apex Architect: Axiom Architecture Pllc, Charlotte Cost: $35 million Size: 4.3 acres The new West End Station apartment complex developed by DPJ Residential LLC is on the edge of downtown Winston-Salem and within walking distance of the BB&T Ballpark. The complex includes a saltwater swimming pool, pet spa, fully equipped fitness center and spin room, two-story clubhouse, and an outdoor terrace. DPJ partnered with Raleigh-based Chaucer Creek Capital on the 229-unit project. Apartments rent for about $1,000 to $2,000 per month.
Churchill Hall, DurhamGeneral Contractor: Clancy & Theys Construction Co., Raleigh Architect: Little Diversified Architectural Consulting, Charlotte Cost: $30.5 million Size: 150,000 square feet The five-story Churchill Hall is the Imperial Center business park’s 18th office building. Developed by Tri Properties and Principal Real Estate Investors, it is the first building in the state to utilize a kind of glass that tints in anticipation of the sun to allow more natural light and use less energy, while eliminating the need for blinds and shades, says California-based View Inc., which installed the technology. Churchill Hall’s tenants include Morrisville-based tech firm Telit Wireless Solutions.
FitPark at Live Oak Bank Campus. WilmingtonGeneral Contractor: Monteith Construction Corp., Wilmington Architect: LS3P Associates Ltd., Charleston, S.C. Cost: $16 million Size: 18,000 square feet The new FitPark at Live Oak Bank’s headquarters in Wilmington is part of a three-building expansion that is doubling the company’s footprint. FitPark is a two-story fitness facility that includes an 18,000-square-foot gym and is adjacent to a four-story parking garage with 600 spaces. It’s intended to serve a growing business: Live Oak is adding a 64,000-square-foot building that has room for 400 new workers.
MetLife Building 3, CaryGeneral Contractor: Brasfield & Gorrie LLC, Birmingham, Ala. Architect: Rule Joy Trammell + Rubio LLC, Atlanta, Ga. (exterior); LS3P Associates Ltd., Charleston, S.C. (interior) Cost: $63 million Size: 219,000 square feet The seven-story MetLife Building 3 project is on the company’s 40-acre Cary campus, overlooking a terrace fronting Lake Crabtree. Home of the company’s Digital Accelerator program, the building was designed to facilitate collaboration with a modern workplace design, flexible spaces for different functions and clustered private offices. Amenities include an amphitheater, basketball court, walking trails, fitness center and shuttle service.
Rocky Mount Mills, Rocky MountGeneral Contractor: C.T. Wilson Construction Co., Durham Architect: Belk Architecture, Durham Cost: NA Size: 82 acres Capitol Broadcasting Co.’s multi-million-dollar redevelopment of the state’s second-oldest cotton mill is located along theTar River. The newly rehabbed main building includes 120,000 square feet of office space to house corporate headquarters and startups, along with 67 loft apartments that provide modern amenities while maintaining the historic character of the complex. Other parts of the development include a tiny-home hotel, 60 new and renovated village homes, craft-brewery incubators, an amphitheater and a 4,000-square-foot indoor event space.
The Refinery, CharlotteGeneral Contractor: Edifice General Contractors, Charlotte Architect: BB+M Architecture, Charlotte Cost: NA Size: 107,000 square feet Insite Properties of Charlotte and Washington, D.C.-based Northridge Capital LLC developed the five-story building just west of downtown Charlotte. It’s an infill project on a triangular lot, creating an interesting design challenge and a building with unusual floor plates, says Nick Barnes, an associate principal at BB+M Architecture. Serendipity Labs, a coworking company, leased the top floor.
Hyatt Place Downtown, GreensboroGeneral Contractor: CIP Construction Co., part of Carroll Cos., Greensboro Architect: Cooper Carry Inc., Atlanta Cost: $19 million Size: 108 rooms, 2,700 square feet of meeting space The first new hotel built in more than 30 years in downtown Greensboro opened in March. It is operated by Gulf Breeze, Fla.-based Innisfree Hotels and is part of developer Roy Carroll’s Carroll at Bellemeade mixed-use project. It is across the street from First National Bank Field, the home of the Greensboro Grasshoppers minor league baseball team. Each room includes a photo of a Yellowstone National Park spring taken by Carroll.
Pinehurst Brewing Co., PinehurstGeneral Contractor: Progressive Contracting INC., Sanford Architect: Stagaard & Chao Architects PLLC, Pinehurst Cost: NA Size: 7,400 square feet The brewery is housed in the village of Pinehurst’s old steam-plant building, which opened in 1895 to provide heat and electricity for the town’s first hotel, the Holly Inn. The facade and brick walls have been preserved, while the vintage arches, windows and smokestack have been restored. The brewery features live music three nights a week.