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The City of Raleigh and Wake County jointly conducted an extensive selection process for the new Raleigh Convention and Conference Center. The local architectural team of O’Brien/Atkins and Clearscapes was selected and they then participated in the selection of TVS, as the team’s convention center architectural design specialist. Skanska Barnhill was then selected as the construction manager at risk for this important and highly visible public project.
The new Raleigh Convention Center, at just over 500,000-SF, is the premiere civic hospitality building in Raleigh and Wake County. With its vast exhibit hall, 16 meeting rooms, and a grand ballroom seating 2,400 people, the new facility is estimated to host more than 375,000 visitors per year. The building is arranged on three levels with the lowest being the 150,000-SF exhibit hall. Above this, at the Salisbury Street level are 30,000-SF of meeting rooms, and the third and uppermost level is for the 32,000-SF grand ballroom. The building occupies a full city block at the street level and rises to a total height of approximately 100 feet.
The exhibit hall, loading dock and services expand below three adjacent city streets (McDowell, Cabarrus and Salisbury). As a result, the building required the construction of three bridges. The bridge at McDowell was required to be constructed in two phases so that the traffic leading into town would not be disrupted.
The construction of the Raleigh Convention Center required significant planning for managing pedestrian traffic, vehicular traffic and just in time delivery. The number of workers peaked at around 400 and resulted in the project putting in place $8 million dollars per month for three months. Construction included the excavation of over 365,000 cubic yards of dirt, installation of three types of foundation wall systems (shotcrete, lagging, and secant), installation of 173 caissons, erection of 8,081 tons of steel and placement of 22,000 cubic yards of concrete. The exterior skin included stone, brick, curtain wall and metal panel.
Safety was paramount and led to the first OSHA joint partnership in the Carolinas a which contributed to over 1.8 million man-hours with only one lost time incident.
The project materials were procured from around the country and world and required close coordination for timely delivery to ensure the schedule was maintained due to limited space. This was completed by tracking the progress of the submittals, confirming factory orders were placed, performing quality control factory inspections and confirming delivery dates every 30 days.
The Raleigh Convention Center was first public building in the City of Raleigh to be certified under the LEED Green Building Rating System. The facility was constructed on a former brownfield site, which went through an extensive remediation process to make the site usable. The owner, design team and Skanska/Barnhill developed a comprehensive strategy for site sustainability, water use reduction, energy efficiency and environmentally friendly materials, which include:
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Market segment: Building, Community centers, Conference facilities