A  aerial view of the rendering for civic campus that shows three towers near Nash Square Park

Community

Civic Campus

Envisioning the New Civic Tower

Learn how we are evolving our downtown campus! The first phase includes a new multi-story civic tower to consolidate all downtown staff into one building. 

Project Details

 
Type:
City Properties and Facilities
Budget:
$190 million
Project Lead:
Construction Management
Contractors:
RATIO (design); Brasfield & Gorrie (CMAR)

Contact

 

Priscilla Tyree Williams, PE
City Construction Projects Administrator
919-996-4147
 

Lead Department:
Engineering Services

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Planning

The new campus will be located on the Avery C. Upchurch block, 110 S. McDowell Street, the corner of Hargett and McDowell Streets.

The approved master plan for this block will be done in three phases to create a mixed-use block. The first phase will be a 20-story tower located on the southeast corner of the block. This civic tower will consolidate personnel and customer services into one location.

Other features include:

  • Enhanced security; 
  • Larger city council chambers; and, 
  • Efficient office space (housing staff from six downtown buildings). 

The Raleigh Municipal Building and the parking deck will remain on the site with services continuing during construction.

Civic Campus Master Plan

Phase Contacts

 

Elizabeth Nooe
Associate AIA
919-996-4635

Design

Design Services

We're working with RATIO and design architect, Henning Larsen, for the design phase. Raleigh City Council approved the conceptual design in October 2020.

We completed the schematic design. Now, we are working on the design development phase. During this time, the design team will: 

  • Finalize interior floor plans and the building exterior; and, 
  • Complete plans for building systems, the site, and streetscapes. 

 Demolition Prep Work

We are preparing the site where the tower will be built (110 S. McDowell Street). We have completed all the field work required to demolish the current building. This included removing contaminated soils, gas pumps, underground storage tanks, and hazardous material. More details coming soon on the building demolition.  

Learn About the Design

East Civic Tower Conceptual Design Overview

Take a look at the inspiration behind the conceptual design of the City of Raleigh's east civic tower. 

Phase Contacts

 

Priscilla Tyree Williams, PE
City Construction Projects Administrator
919-996-4147

Lead Department:
Engineering Services

Construction

Phase details coming soon.

Phase Contacts

 

Priscilla Tyree Williams, PE
City Construction Projects Administrator
919-996-4147

Lead Department:
Engineering Services

Complete

Phase details coming soon. 

Phase Contacts

 

Priscilla Tyree Williams, PE
City Construction Projects Administrator
919-996-4147

Lead Department:
Engineering Services

A rendering of the conceptual design for east civic tower. 

A rendering of the conceptual design for what Raleigh City Council Chambers will look like in the east civic tower. 

A rendering from the masterplan of the east civic tower. 

Schedule

Projected timeline for East Civic Tower design, construction, and opening
Date Activity
Fall 2018 Civic Campus Master Plan approved
Spring 2019 Authorized to work with design consultant and construction manager-at-risk
Spring - Late Fall 2019 Design contract negotiations
Winter 2020 East Civic Tower Phase 1 design began
Fall 2020 Conceptual design approved
Spring 2021 Schematic design complete
Spring 2021 - Spring 2022 Detailed design underway
Fall 2022 Construction contract approval; construction begins
Spring/Summer 2025 Construction complete
Fall 2025 East Civic Tower opens

Goal

We're making a key investment in our facilities so that we continue to provide excellent customer service to residents and offer a collaborative, dynamic workspace for employees. The new campus will focus on security, safety, accessibility, and efficiency.

Artwork in the Tower

Susan Narduli, a Los Angeles-based artist and architect, will be working on the public art at east civic tower. You can help inspire Susan's artwork in the early stages of the project. Look for chances to participate in community meetings and surveys about the artwork for this civic space. 

This part of the project is through Percent for Art

What is a CMAR?

CMARs coordinate with the general contractor and the design team for a project. Working together early in the process reduces risk with constructing a final design. The CMAR for this project will help carryout design and construction specifications in a timely and cost-effective manner to streamline the construction phase.

We're working with Brasfield & Gorrie in association with Holt Brothers Construction for this project.