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  Summit on Purdue, Page 32Summit on Purdue
6205 Raeford Road
Fayetteville, NC 28304

1131-A Military Cutoff Road
Wilmington, NC 28405

Fayetteville, North Carolina
Total Square Feet: 24,547
Construction Period: Feb 2003 to Oct 2003 

Construction Team
GENERAL CONTRACTOR: Construction Systems, Inc., 6205 Raeford Road, Fayetteville, NC 28304
STRUCTURAL, ELECTRICAL & MECHANICAL ENGINEER: McFadyen O'Briant Consulting Engineers, 3808 Park Avenue, Wilmington, NC 28406
CIVIL ENGINEER: Moorman, Kizer, Reitzel, Inc., 115 Broadfoot Avenue, Fayetteville, NC 28305
MECHANICAL & PLUMBING UPFIT ENGINEER: Cheatham & Associates, P.A. Consulting Engineers, 4806 Shelley Drive, Wilmington, NC 28405
SPRINKLER: Associated Sprinkler Co., LLC, 206 E. Seneca Road, Greensboro, NC 27416

The Summit on Purdue is a three-story office building located in the business sector of Fayetteville, North Carolina. One of the governing factors influencing the design of the building was the owners' request for flexible, attractive and most importantly, affordable office space. A multi-story building with an open floor plan was decided on relatively early in the design process, making use of combined mechanical chase-ways and vertical conveyance systems. Keeping common areas such as hallways and lobbies to a minimum was also a major design consideration, thus maximizing leasable floor space.

Because of the desire to start construction, prior to completion of the design for the interior spaces, a design/build approach was chosen. Construction Systems, Inc., working in conjunction with SHARPE Architecture, served as both the design team and general contractor. This relationship allowed for permitting and construction of the "shell" building, while the owner secured tenants and began the process of designing the interior environments. Design considerations and regard for construction sequencing, resulted in a plan arrangement with a central "utility core" housing stairs, elevator, mechanical and common spaces, surrounded by inherently open and flexible office space.

The summer of 2003 saw notable rainfall for much of the South, including the city of Fayetteville. Despite record amounts of precipitation, the building was completed within a nine-month period, due in part to several time saving construction techniques. The pre-engineered metal building manufacturer partnered with the structural engineer in order to fast-track the conventional steel package. The steel structure was designed in such a way as to allow for "panelized" wall construction, which expedited the dry-in time of the building. Finally, a demountable wall system was chosen for the project's interior partitions, giving the owner ultimate flexibility of the plan, as well as providing quick completion of the interior space.

Exterior finishes consist of split face masonry units, pre-cast concrete elements, brick veneer and EIFS cornice work, topped with a standing seam metal roof. The split faced CMU serves to "anchor" the building to the site, while the standard sized brick veneer generates a more personal sense of scale. Pre-cast concrete window lintels and "buff" colored brick detailing provide horizontal accents which help break up the large facades of the building. A pre-formed EIFS cornice molding and standing seam metal roof crown the building with a distinct, regal look.

Design parameters set early in the design/ build process provided a project outline that was met with outstanding success. Interior common spaces were limited to less than 16% of the total building area. Careful manipulation of the materials palette allowed for an exterior appearance that is refined and classical while keeping the costs low. Utilization of a demountable wall system gives the owner ultimate flexibility of the interior space, regardless of the number of tenants. Presently, the owners have sold and/ or leased approximately 85% of the office space and are contemplating another similar project in the near future.

DIV 07:
Metal: Fabral; Membrane: Carlise Sureweld.
DIV 08: Glass and Glazing: Arch Aluminum and Glass.
DIV 10: Demountable Wall System: Precision Walls, Inc.
DIV 13: Pre-Engineered Building: Butler Manufacturing.

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