Gontram Architecture and Ten Penny Construction have once again teamed up for a unique Design-Build opportunity. The NC Retail Merchants Association, a non-profit organization that assists retailers in providing a more favorable retail environment in North Carolina, engaged our design-build team to renovate their newly acquired office building in downtown Raleigh.
The existing building, originally constructed in 1925, is undergoing an extensive interior renovation. The renovated building will provide more usable office space, a training room, multiple break rooms, modern work areas, and renovated restrooms. Most spaces will receive new lighting and finishes.
Demolition work began this week. The mess has been piling up, but should be gone this weekend. Working downtown is challenging. Parking is remote. Dumpsters must be placed to be efficient with travel distance from the job site, but not affect street parking or traffic. It must also allow frequent pickups.
Next week, demolition continues. The slab will be cut and footings poured for one of the more interesting parts of the project: infilling a section of the 2nd floor. In 1984, a 1,600 sq. ft. portion of the 2nd floor was removed to create a 2-story office area. At the time, it probably seemed like a nice idea, and provided a fairly dramatic space. However, it only allowed for 3 offices. Once infilled, the combination of 1st and 2nd floor space will provide enclosed office space for 7, an open collaboration area, and cubicle space for an additional 18-24 work spaces.
Construction is slated to be complete by June 30th. Because of the accelerated schedule, the design-build process made the most sense to NCRMA. As a single-source delivery method, we control budget and schedule, taking a lot of the usual Owner-associated worry out of the project.