Exciting things are happening in the Bull City and Stewart is happy to be a part of keeping Durham beautiful! Two of our recent projects were recognized by the Durham Appearance Commission as winners of Golden Leaf Awards for 2020.
The Golden Leaf awards recognize projects that contribute to the built environment in Durham in the form of new developments, buildings, and landscape design projects. Homeowners, developers, designers, neighborhood groups, and civic organizations can submit their projects for consideration in seven categories: Neighborhood Garden & Landscape, Hearth & Home, Adaptive Reuse, Small Development, Large Development, Keep Durham Beautiful, and People’s Choice.
The City of Durham Police Headquarters Complex and Emergency 911 Call Center was named a winner in the category of Large Development. Stewart provided structural engineering on the 125,000-square-foot complex, designed by O’Brien Atkins, that contains offices, meeting rooms, specialty police training rooms, K9 facilities, and the 911 call center, all in a secure building with additional levels of built-in safety features. The complex includes a parking garage that was engineered to allow for future retail development to wrap the structure. With the opening of this new Police Headquarters Complex, the City now has a central, modern location to provide these essential services.
Stewart was also thrilled to learn that the Durham Innovation District Southern Gateway has been named a People’s Choice Winner. The Southern Gateway is the first phase of the Durham Innovation District consisting of two mixed-use office/retail buildings and a 1,200-space parking garage, designed by project architect Duda|Paine. From initial surveying and geotechnical engineering, through site design, structural engineering, permitting, and special inspections and materials testing during construction, Stewart was actively involved in this entire project.
These two buildings are part of a large game-changer in Durham, the Durham Innovation District. The DurhamID is a six-block area of downtown, master planned to include 1.3 million square feet of life science research and office space, residential, retail, parking structures, parks and greenways. Located adjacent to West Village, the project is intended to create a new district focused in the life sciences in Downtown Durham to live, work and play, and is intended to become part of the fabric of Downtown.
From our office on West Main Street in Durham, we are excited to not only witness the big changes taking shape around us, but to take an active role in helping grow our beautiful city.