Late May 2019
Alston Ridge Middle School is progress and the large interior spaces are starting to take shape. We can’t wait to see them completed!
Here is a video showing a fly by of East Wake Middle School scheduled to open in 2020.
Alston Ridge Middle School in Cary, NC is nearing completion. This prototype design features collaborative spaces, a theater, and two separate gymnasiums.
Through the careful design of spaces, we were able to create education pods within the school. Each grade level was divided into two main areas. Each area has direct and clear pathways to extracurricular areas and classrooms. This limits distracting encounters between students in different teams and reduces ambient corridor noise while maintaining a small-community atmosphere despite a core capacity of 1,450 students.
All classrooms are located around the buildings perimeter, and large windows are placed to take advantage of natural day lighting.
Andrew Goodman House in Raleigh, NC (circa 1903)
“Create with the heart; build with the mind.”
― Criss Jami, Killosophy
Alicia Kirwan, AIA designed these custom sinks which were recently installed in all public restrooms at the NC Museum of Art in Raleigh, North Carolina. The building opened in 2010 and was designed by Thomas Phifer and Partners of New York with the local architect being Pierce Brinkley Cease + Lee from Raleigh.
New lab to support the utilization of the Laerdal simulation platform. Existing lab space to be transformed from a traditional laboratory space to a three-bay simulation lab. The bays are flexible, designed for critical, maternal, and pediatric care with the ability to adapt one of the bays for adult health. Incorporates hygienic practices to develop standard practice. Includes an observation room and briefing room to improve synergy between simulation and learning.
Design Completed 2018
The interior of this collegiate gothic building did not reflect its exterior appearance. Interior corridor ceilings are covered in conduit, mechanical systems and data runs. The front entry doors were not in character with the building, nor did they meet current egress requirements. We worked with the University and the Departments of Astronomy, Mathematics and Physics on improvements to the entry experience. We designed new front doors and interior designs were studied for various ways to mitigate the appearance of conduit and mechanical systems. New lighting and finishes highlight the departments and minimize the distractions from equipment that cannot be moved. The welcoming space accomodates the waves of student traffic that utilize the area between classes.
When the Carolina Family Dental Center outgrew its pre-manufactured building, they sought a more welcoming, efficient environment for patients and staff. This economical design provides natural light, a pleasant atmosphere, and the space and technology to meet the needs of its surrounding community.
The center accommodates four dentists with fifteen operatories and a sterilization room. Using building-information modeling, we were able to provide plans that allowed the client to pre-visualize the proposed spaces, as well as the building exterior.
Throughout construction, the clinic was able to maintain uninterrupted operations in their existing facility while new construction took place on the existing site.
This design includes a low-maintenance metal roof and the instillation of a full new vacuum system.
We enjoyed participating in the ACE Mentor Program yesterday afternoon for a tour of M16 - Alston Ridge Middle School in Cary. The construction is between 65 and 70% complete and the the students got to see a construction site in full swing. Thanks to Barnhill Constrction Company for hosting the event and PDC for providing insight on the PME Design. It’s great to see so many young people interested in construction, architecture, and engineering!
From the ACE website: “High school students in the Raleigh/Durham area can now benefit from a nationwide program designed to introduce them to the wide range of career opportunities open to young people in architecture, construction, engineering, and related areas of the building design and construction industry. At weekly meetings, student teams work directly with professionals from leading area firms, who volunteer their time to mentor the teams as they design hypothetical projects, tour local construction sites, and visit architectural, engineering and construction offices.”
We are very saddened to hear about BB&T’s plans to tear down their previous corporate headquarters designed by our founder B. Atwood Skinner. We think it’s a huge loss for mid-century modernism in North Carolina. It is as important to preserve our more recent heritage as it is to preserve that from the more distant past.
"The new building was completed in 1860. Its high elevation, tall windows, tower, and steeple make it a graceful church building. Captain Berry's use of white trim against red brick gives it a Georgian quality and definitely relates it to the old courthouse. The louvered shutters, galley, original pews, and antique pulpit with fluted columns give interest to the interior of the church. The original building (sanctuary/narthex/balcony/basement) designed by Captain Berry remains intact. When the church was built, the floor slanted down toward the pulpit. A large stove was located at the back of the church. There was another stove where the organ is now located. The pews and pulpit date back to this time.
A local legend tells that during the Civil War, when the Confederates found that they needed more cannons to hold their lines, they asked the church to donate the bell to be melted and added to their cannon supply. The church declined the proposition."
From Hillsborough United Methodist Church's Website. Read more Here.