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Northern Wake Campus Phase 1A

Wake Technical Community College

Location: Raleigh, NC
Budget: $24 million
Size: 134,800 sf
Year Completed: 2006

The first phase of Wake Tech’s new Northern Wake Campus consists of two academic buildings and a central utility plant. The bar-shaped Math and Science Building and Administration Building are placed in a wedge formation that forms a public plaza overlooking a terraced lawn and a pond below. Each building is four stories with space provided for offices, laboratories, classrooms, library and support space. The buildings are framed in structural steel founded on spread footings. The moment frame lateral force resisting systems allow for a flexible floor plan and optimum daylighting. The framing is integrated with cladding systems consisting of concrete masonry units, glass fiber reinforced concrete panels, glazed curtain wall and composite aluminum panels. The buildings have all been submitted for LEED certification.

The central plant is a one-story high bay building framed with long span steel joists supported by structural steel post and beam framing on spread footings. Horizontal steel girts are integrated with painted metal siding and storefront windows over a masonry base. The plant also includes and exterior structural steel framed screen wall and a cooling tower support platform.

Architect:  Clark Nexsen
Photographer: JWest Productions