Best new N.C. structures: 2019 Building North Carolina awards

 In November 2019

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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.

OVERALL DESIGN

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East Carolina University Student Center

Greenville

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.

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COMMERCIAL PROJECT

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Durham.ID

Durham

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.

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RENOVATION PROJECT

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Morgan Street Food Hall

Raleigh

General Contractor: A.B. Goodrich Contracting LLC, Raleigh
Architect: New City Design Group Pllc, Raleigh
Owner: Niall Hanley, hibernian co., raleigh
Cost: NA
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.

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PUBLIC PROJECT

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Appalachian State University Leon Levine Hall of Health Sciences

Boone

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.

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RESIDENTIAL PROJECT

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Novel Stonewall Station

Charlotte

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.

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ARTS/ENTERTAINMENT PROJECT

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Segra Stadium

Fayetteville

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.

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