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

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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
Participating Department:
Planning and Zoning
Service Unit:
Constructing City-owned Buildings

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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

Lead Department:
Planning and Zoning

Design

Design Services

In August 2019, Raleigh City Council approved the design consultant for this project. We're working with RATIO and design architect, Henning Larsen. 

Recent Work

  • Early design phase for the east tower, including identifying space needs.
  • Raleigh City Council approved the conceptual design for the east civic tower on Oct. 6, 2020.

Construction Manager at Risk

In August 2019, Raleigh City Council approved the Construction Manager at Risk (CMAR) for this project. We're working with Brasfield & Gorrie in association with Holt Brothers Construction. 

Environmental Consultants

We are working with SynTerra (formerly Duncklee and Dunham) to prepare environmental plans for the site where the tower will be built. Consultants are managing the minor demolition of the fueling station behind the vacant building at 110 S. McDowell Street. Work includes removing: 

  • Hazardous material (asbestos and PCB ballasts) in the building;
  • Any contaminated soils; and,
  • Gas pumps and underground storage tanks that are behind the building.

Crews started removing the storage tanks and gas pump/canopy the week of Oct. 12. This work will last four weeks. 

    Artwork in the Tower

    Artist selection process complete – more details coming soon!

    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. 

    Goal

    Our goal is to make 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.  

     

    Information Sessions

    Thank you to all who joined us for the information sessions about the Civic Campus Master Plan in 2019. If you were unable to attend, view the presentation that was given at the sessions.

    Questions? Email us. 

    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.

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