Pearce Brinkley Cease + Lee Architects Present Projects at 2011 GreenNC

Laurel Park Elementary School adaptive reuse.
Photo © JWest Productions.

Pearce Brinkley Cease + Lee architects Don Kranbuehl and Shannon Rushing presented “Transformative Architecture: Design Opportunities and Challenges with Adaptive Reuse K-12 and University Educational Projects” at GreenNC on December 8, 2011 in Durham, NC. They showcased two award-winning adaptive reuse projects, one K-12 school and one university classroom and laboratory building to show how the constraints and challenges of renovating existing buildings can lead to real design opportunities and help create a more innovative and sustainable architectural design.

Park Shops Adaptive Reuse. Photo © JWest Productions.

Laurel Park Elementary School is a new 900 student school crafted from a renovation of an existing pharmaceutical manufacturing facility in Apex, NC. The existing structure was completely gutted leaving only the structural frame, exterior walls with metal panels, roof systems, cooling tower, and boiler. On the interior, a new 2nd floor level was fitted inside the warehouse sized spaces.

Park Shops is a three-story, 50,000 SF classroom and research building at NC State University. This project received a 2011 National AIA CAE Facility Design Merit Award. The design team sought to preserve one of the oldest spaces on campus, a 1914 masonry building that once housed steel shop classes, and update it in a way that sets off its history and texture.

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