LHC Structural Engineers
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Location: NC State University, Raleigh, NC
Budget: $61.5 million
Size: 5,000 sf existing, 87,000 sf new
Year Completed: 2020

Prominently located at the corner of Morrill Drive and Cates Avenue adjacent to the Talley Student Union, the new Wellness and Recreation Center will reflect the university’s focus on promoting holistic well-being and recreation while highlighting the importance of physical activity.  The new facility will include functional training areas, fitness center space, a rock wall and dozens of multipurpose areas, as well as meeting space and a teaching kitchen.

To prep the site for the new building LHC contributed to an early design package to carefully demolish the outdated original building and construct a new subgrade steam tunnel within the building footprint.  Many of the original building pile caps and piles remained in place and were backfilled for construction of the new foundations.

The building is four stories framed with structural steel on concrete spread footings.  The lateral system is reinforced concrete shear walls, organized around the circulation system of stairs and elevators.  The building is complicated by sweeping curves and dramatic cantilevers requiring careful coordination with the general contractor and steel fabricator

Architect: HOK/Corley Redfoot Architects