For the Commercial Rehabilitation of the Second and Third Floor Interiors of the Heilig-Levine Building, 111 E. Hargett Street and 137 S. Wilmington Street, Raleigh
The Cherokee Investment Partners Corporate Office Renovation Project involved the complex connection of two historic structures to produce one unified corporate office interior of approximately 20,000 square feet. The project is located on the second and third floors of 111 East Hargett Street and 137 South Wilmington Street.
All existing building systems were abandoned and new plumbing, mechanical, and electrical systems installed. A new plumbing core was constructed for use by the building tenants. New stairs and an elevator were constructed to provide egress and to facilitate the interconnection of the various existing structures.
The design of the new project attempted to touch the existing historic fabric as lightly as possible. The existing structural system was left exposed to highlight the historic wood columns. Wood floors and ceilings were repaired and refurbished. An historic advertising sign, once located on the exterior of one of the adjacent buildings, was restored and now forms the backdrop of one of the new corporate work environments.
To maintain the integrity of the original interior volumes, new work stations and meeting areas utilize demountable partitions. Historic pressed tin ceilings were restored and uplit to expose their character. Reclaimed wood was also used to clad a number of office areas.
The Cherokee Investment Partners Corporate Office Renovation was constructed using LEED Design Standards and is currently under review for LEED accreditation. When accredited, the project will be one of the first, if not the first, LEED certified commercial interiors projects in North Carolina. The design makes extensive use of daylighting, reclaimed materials, and energy efficient plumbing, mechanical, and electrical systems.
The Cherokee project demonstrates that through careful design, coordination, and implementation, significant historic structures can be reinvigorated to provide modern environments that are attractive, energy efficient, and models of sustainability.
The Board of Directors of Capital Area Preservation is pleased to present a 2007 Anthemion Award to Cherokee Investment Partners, Tise-Kiester Architects, PA and Empire Hardhat Construction for the Commercial Rehabilitation of the Second and Third Floor Interiors of the Heilig-Levine Building.