Wake County Library, Cameron Village

Raleigh, NC

Dan Huffman Architecture (formerly Cherry Huffman Architecture, Raleigh) hired us to work on this renovation at the Cameron Village Shopping Center. There were several major structural challenges. The existing flat roof was to become the second floor of the library. When it was built in 1950, the building’s first floor and roof had not been designed for the required live loads of a library. And the original structural system did not meet Code requirements for wind or earthquake forces.

We solved these challenges by reinforcing roof and floor members, adding new columns and beams in the basement to cut the span of the existing first floor beams in half and adding new lateral bracing throughout the structure. The lateral bracing became an architectural feature.