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  Wake Technical Community College, Building EWake Technical Community College, Building E


Clark Nexsen, PC
333 Fayetteville Street, #1000, Raleigh, NC 27601

General Description

Location: Raleigh, North Carolina
Date Bid: May 2010 Construction Period: Aug 2010 to Aug 2012
Total Square Feet: 80,820 Site: 2.9 acres.
Number of Buildings: One; 23 classrooms seating 28; auditorium seating 293.
Building Size: First floor, 18,142; second floor, 26,132; each additional floor, 18,273; total, 80,820 square feet.
Building Height: First floor, 15’4”; second floor, 15’4”; each additional floor, 15’4”; floor to floor, 15’4”; total, 66’3”.
Basic Construction Type: New/IIA Non-combustible.
Foundation: Cast-in-place, reinforced. Exterior Walls: Brick, curtain wall.
Roof: Membrane, extensive green roof system. Floors: Concrete, composite deck. Interior Walls: CMU, metal stud drywall.
Projected and/or modeled energy usage KBTU/SF/yr: 48.1

Project Team

Structural, Mechanical & Electrical Engineer: Clark Nexsen, PC - 333 Fayetteville Street, #1000, Raleigh, NC 27601
General Contractor: Edifice, Inc. - 1401 W. Morehead Street, Charlotte, NC 28208
Cost Estimator: Mulford Cost Management, LLC - 1017 Ashes Drive, #104, Wilmington, NC 28405
Civil Engineer: Stewart, Inc. - 421 Fayetteville Street, #400, Raleigh, NC 27601
Landscape Architect: Susan Hatchell Landscape Architecture, PLLC - 711 West North Street, Raleigh, NC 27603

Building E, at the Wake Technical Community College, is a modernist designed, 80,820 square foot, four-story classroom and lecture hall facility that completed construction in August 2012. Through the combined efforts of the staff at Wake Tech and Clark Nexsen's integrated design team, this project reflects the results of a truly collaborative design process that experienced success on a myriad of fronts. Placed at the edge of heavily wooded wetlands, the building orients along the east/west axis to capitalize on site features. The northern side softens the abrupt edge of the main drive by layering the exterior skin with curtain wall, metal panel, and brick. The south side leverages its orientation with daylighting strategies such as generous overhangs and louvered shades providing varying levels of transparency. The building's composition simultaneously addresses the scale and character of adjacent campus facilities while informing the nature
of the interior spaces.

The public portion of the building includes a 293-seat lecture hall equally capable of hosting small concerts and theatrical performances; serving a unique role on the Northern Wake Campus. Adjacent to the lecture hall, a multi-purpose prefunction space encourages gathering during performance events. The plaza, an extension of the interior public spaces, collects campus pathways that weave through the building, blurring the distinction between exterior and interior.

The remaining building program consists of general classrooms, labs, and offices equipped with cutting edge, adaptive technology to allow for flexibility in teaching and learning. In addition, the facility houses specifically tailored classroom, practical lab, and office space to meet the growing demand of the Certified Nursing Assistant Program. Other spaces include music rehearsal rooms, computer and networking labs, and
study lounge space.

The building achieved LEED
® Gold certification through the U.S. Green Building Council making this the first campus in the country to be completely LEED certified. Sustainable design features include a green rooftop terrace to absorb carbon dioxide and generate oxygen, reflective roofing materials, solar shading devices, daylight harvesting, high efficiency glazing, occupancy sensors for lighting, high-efficiency plumbing fixtures, a future tie-in to the municipal reclaimed gray water system, radiant heating and cooling mechanical systems, and a high efficiency displacement ventilation system located under the stepped seating in the lecture hall - all resulting in over 50% reduction in energy use and over 45% reduction
in water use.

"We love our new building! We love the exterior that suggests a forest, the lecture hall with its excellent acoustics, the green roof with its colorful sedums, the hallways with their built-in benches, the very smart classrooms with blinds that raise and lower with a push of a button, and most of all, we love our atrium where the light shines in through the greenway. The wide open staircase has even convinced students not to wait for the elevators. The physical atmosphere has a significant impact on our psychological wellbeing. We feel incredibly grateful for our functional, beautiful building." - Dr. Gayle Greene, Senior Vice President, Wake Technical Community College, Northern Wake Campus and Human Resources.

Product Information
Brick: The Belden Brick Company Composite Metal Panels: Larson by
® Aluminum Composite Panels, Alucoil North America, LLC
Wood Ceiling & Acoustical Tile: Armstrong Green Roof: American Hydrotech
Thermoplastic Polyolefin Roofing System: Carlisle

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