Raleigh Housing Authority Administrative Building

Raleigh, NC

The Housing Authority wanted a new office building to consolidate personnel into one downtown location. The office would be in Capitol Park, a new mixed-income, mixed-use community at the site of a former public housing project near the campus of William Peace University. The work was part of a federal HOPE VI grant, designed to replace dilapidated public housing with mixed-income communities. (More information on this grant project is available at http:/www.rhaonline.com/hopeVI.htm.)

JDavis Architects of Raleigh designed the three-story, 39,000 square foot office building, and we performed the structural design. The building is configured with an L-shaped plan with 13,000 square feet per floor. The construction is composite steel and concrete floor framing, with steel joist and beam roof framing. Lateral load resistance was accomplished with steel concentric braced frames around the stairwells. The building features a two-story lobby, curving exterior walls at the intersection of the building wings, and elevated exterior terrace slabs used as break areas. Due to step-backs in the floor plans, careful coordination with the architect was required to maintain a watertight building envelope.