The four sides of the building surround a central courtyard area.

Durham County Human Services Complex

Durham, NC

Designing a Complex to Consolidate Multiple Departments

We worked as a sub consultant to The Freelon Group to design and construct a facility that would allow Durham County to consolidate departments, which were previously spread across multiple, deficient buildings. The centrally located complex improves service and efficiency for the department. The facility is made up of four modules, which surround a courtyard. Three of the four modules—north, east, and west—are three stories high, while the south module is three stories plus a basement level, containing parking, mechanical areas, and loading docks.

For this two-phase project, we provided structural engineering and demolition/bid construction services. The first phase included construction of the south- and east-facing modules, which was followed by the demolition of the existing social services building. The north and west modules and the courtyard were constructed during phase two.

Structural design elements included a braced frame lateral system, basement retaining walls, foundation retaining walls, clerestory roofs, complex building exterior walls, monumental stairs, raised floor systems, skylights, and large cantilevered roofs and balconies. The building has a cutting-edge terra cotta panel exterior.

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Four

modules

80+

structural drawings

Services

  • Building Structures

Markets

  • State/Local

Regions

  • Southeast
  • building structures
  • Durham County Human Services Complex
  • State/Local
  • Southeast

Location

Durham, NC

Completion Date

2013

Owner

Durham County, North Carolina

Client

The Freelon Group (Now Perkins + Will)

Certification

LEED Gold®

Square Footage

277,000 SF

Cost

$56,000,000