Raleigh, North Carolina


Program: A three-story, 50,000-square-foot classroom and research building at North Carolina State University, with lecture halls, laboratories, advising offices, a television production studio, video editing suites, and an internet caf'. The L-shaped structure defines a new campus plaza.

Design concept and solution: Pearce Brinkley Cease + Lee sought to preserve one of the oldest spaces on campus—a 1914 masonry building that once housed steel shop classes—and update it in a way that sets off its history and texture. The architects gutted the structure, removing gypsum board walls and sandblasting the brick beneath. They cleared two intersecting paths through the wings on the main level, echoed by similar paths on the ground level. Where the corridors meet, PBC+ L removed a third-floor bay of restrooms to bring the lobby to double height and allow light from the clerestory windows to filter down. At the main stair, they cut away a section of floor to open up views of all three stories. Visitors descend the stair to a glassed-in café pavilion, which serves as Park Shops' new main entrance. Contrasting old materials with new, the architects left narrow gaps between the brickwork and some of the ceiling edges, so that thin strips of light wash over the bricks and reveal their texture.

Pearce Brinkley Cease + Lee
333 Fayetteville Street
Suite 1000
Raleigh, NC  27602
919.836.9751 (p)
919.836.1751 (f)

Location: Raleigh, North Carolina

Completion Date: August 2009

Total construction cost: $10.9 million


Owner: North Carolina State University

Pearce Brinkley Cease + Lee
333 Fayetteville Street
Suite 1000
Raleigh, NC  27602
919.836.9751 (p)
919.836.1751 (f)

Donna Francis, AIA (principal in charge)
Don Kranbuehl, AIA (project designer/project architect)
Rob Harkey, Assoc. AIA (intern design architect)
Clymer Cease, AIA (project manager)
Irvin Pearce, AIA (construction administration)
Maria Peterson (interior designer)

Cafe Consultant: Ports Architects

MEP Engineer:
United Engineering Group, Inc.
Jim Story, PE
Matthew Daves, PE
Andy Sigmon, PE

Structural Engineer:
Stewart Engineering, Inc.
Tony Romaine, PE
Michael Ali, PE

Craig Morgan, PE
Rod Florence

General contractor:
Clancy and Theys
Dave Bennett (project manager)
Don Street (site superintendent)

James West
J West Productions
(919) 696-7455

CAD system, project management, or other software used:
Autocad, Revit, Sketch-up



Structural system: Existing 1914 loadbearing masonry structure with steel roof trusses and reinforced concrete frame. New excavated space created with concrete underpinning walls beneath masonry structure. New composite deck and steel frame structure inserted into shell. Steel frame canopy structure.

Exterior cladding
Masonry: Existing 1914 Masonry Shell

Glass curtainwall: Kawneer

Wood: IPE Wood Benches

Metal Roof: PFS Standing Seam Metal Roofing

Single Ply Membrane: Polyguard TPO membrane

Steel: Refurbished Existing Steel Windows with Insulated Glass Lites by Restoration and Blasting

Glass: PPG 1" Insulated Glass Units (Clear, Ceramic Frit, and Simulated Sandblast)

Skylights: Supersky

Entrances: Kawneer

Wood doors: VT Industries

Locksets: Best

Hinges: McKinney

Closers: LCN

Exit devices: Von Duprin

Pulls: Rockwood

Interior finishes
Wall Panel:  Pennsylvania Slate, Hone Face
Floor: Polished Concrete

Acoustic Paneling: Conwed Designscape with Knoll Progression

Cabinetwork and custom woodwork: by Cleora Sterling Corporation

Carpet: J&J Commercial, Integrity

Acoustical ceilings: Armstrong

Suspension grid: USG Centricite with Compasso 4" suspension trim

Floor and wall tile: Daltile, Keystones (restrooms)

Fixed seating: KI Lancaster by Learning Environments

Interior ambient lighting: Cooper Lighting, SPI

Downlights: Infinity

Task lighting: Day-o-lite, Alera

Exterior: Kim Lighting, Gotham

Controls: Lutron

Elevators/Escalators: Vertical Express

Kohler, American Standard, Oasis