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SPECIAL ADVERTISING SECTION A registered container ship sails under the flag of Panama in the Port of Charleston. Opinions expressed are those of the advertisers. PHOTO: COURTESY OF SOUTH CAROLINA PORTS AUTHORITY Carolinas Report A Diverse Construction Climate Keeping up with its growing population, the Carolinas sport a variety of projects By Eda Galeno WHAT’S INSIDE N Solving the Industry’s Labor Shortage Volvo’s First U.S. Car Plant Dollar Tree’s Massive Distribution Facility Alternate Procurement Safeguards Infrastructure N N N ?, 2017 | ?1

A Diverse Construction Climate

Eda Galeno

Keeping up with its growing population, the Carolinas sport a variety of projects

Still Mixing It Up In The Carolinas

Although market segments have shifted, construction is still healthy in the Carolinas. Military and health care construction have hit a plateau, but mixed-use and office construction is off and running.

South Carolina’s Greenville and North Carolina’s Charlotte and Raleigh are currently booming with mixed-used projects and condo construction, says Doug Carlson, president and CEO, ABC of the Carolinas. “There is a lot of mixed-used construction right now, with condos and living space on the top floors and retail shops on the lower floors,” he explains. “Downtown Charlotte is seeing an increase of highrise and hotel construction.”

And if population projects remain on target, mixed-use and office construction won’t be slowing down any time in the near future.


Both states have seen a rise in population, with 178,000 new residents arriving in the Carolinas last year alone. Population gains are split roughly proportionally across the two states, says Rebecca Tippett, director, Carolina Demography, a division of the Carolina Population Center. “North Carolina’s population growth was larger this past year than in any year since 2010 with nearly 112,000 new residents. Meanwhile, South Carolina gained more than 66,000 new residents between 2015 and 2016.”

According to Carolina Demography research, North and South Carolina have grown significantly faster than the national average since 2000, and the residential influx is expected to continue into the foreseeable future. By 2020, North Carolina is projected to reach nearly 10.6 million residents, and South Carolina is projected to surpass 5 million residents.

Carolina Demography projects North Carolina’s population growth will be distributed across metropolitan or micropolitan areas—either the broader Charlotte region or the Triangle region.In South Carolina, population growth is expected to be more diffuse, with population increases concentrating in metropolitan areas such as Greenville- Spartanburg, Columbia-Orangeburg- Newbury and Charleston.


Several construction projects are underway at the Port of Charleston.Phase I of the $700-million Hugh K. Leatherman Sr. Container terminal construction, located on the old Navy base, is scheduled for completion in 2019. The new terminal, which is located in North Charleston, will increase container capacity by 50%.

To ensure safe travels of containers to the port, a 1.2-mile port access road costing approximately $330 million will connect Interstate 26 with the container terminal. A joint venture between Texas-based Fluor and The Lane Construction Corp., called Fluor- Lane South Carolina, will build the road, which is expected to be completed in late 2019. It will allow for the safe integration of container terminal traffic with existing traffic and provide container trucks access to the port without using local streets.

The Charleston Harbor Deepening Project is also underway. The $509-million project will deepen Charleston Harbor from 45 ft to 52 ft.By achieving 52 ft of depth, the port will be able to accommodate fully loaded new Panamax container ships without tidal restriction. The first dredge in the harbor is expected by the end of the year.

The Volvo Cars North America manufacturing plant in Berkeley County remains a high-profile project for South Carolina. The Berkeley facility will be Volvo’s first manufacturing plant in the United States.


In Charlotte, work continues on the AvidXchange corporate headquarters.In 2011, AvidXchange had less than 80 employees. Now the company that specializes in automatic invoice and payment processes touts more than 800 employees, and two new headquarter buildings are planned.

Brasfield and Gorrie is working on the six-story, 201,450-sq-ft building with a six-story, 787-space precast parking deck located at the AvidXchange Music Factory, a hub for technology companies. Located on a 5.6-acre site, the core and shell office building consists of a steel structure and precast skin. The $40-million project is expected to be complete in March 2017.

Raleigh Union Station

Downtown Raleigh is currently experiencing a growth spurt. The multimodal Raleigh Union Station project planned for the Warehouse District is being implemented in a number of phases.

Skanska is working with Raleighbased Clancy & Theys in a joint venture as the construction manager at risk on the first phase. The project entails a $40-million conversion of an existing midcentury industrial building of approximately 24,000 sq ft into a state-of-the-art urban transportation center housing intercity passenger rail facilities, commercial lease space, interior and exterior civic spaces, and public infrastructure improvements.

Construction began in late 2014, with completion of this phase in 2017. The Union Station project is a collaboration among the city of Raleigh, the Federal Railroad Administration and the North Carolina Dept. of Transportation Rail Division. The project is a multimodal facility planned for Downtown Raleigh’s Warehouse District and will be implemented in a number of phases. Future phases of the project will include the addition of terminals and connections for bus service, commuter rail and light rail, as well as facilities for taxis, bicyclists and pedestrians.

As part of the renovation project, passenger rail service is being relocated from the existing Amtrak station on Cabarrus Street to the Dillon Supply warehouse building at 510 W. Martin St.when completed, the multimodal center will accommodate current and future demand for rail and transit services in Raleigh.

UNC-Greensboro Student Recreation Center

In August 2016, UNC-Greensboro debuted its new $70-million, 216,000-sqft student recreation facility, the Leonard J. Kaplan Center for Wellness, for which Skanska provided preconstruction and construction management at risk services through a joint venture with Rentenbach Constructors.

The center is twice the size of the facility it replaced and is made up of three primary zones: activity, support and administrative areas. The activity zone includes a three-court gymnasium, a two-court gymnasium, an elevated jogging track, 20,000 sq ft of weight and fitness space, multipurpose rooms, a 25-meter competitive natatorium, a fitness pool, climbing and bouldering walls, classrooms, offices and storage areas to support all activity spaces.

The administrative zone includes the director’s office suite, program staff offices, works areas for graduate assistants and student employees, a conference room, storage and ancillary spaces. The support zone includes lounge areas, a pro shop, men’s and women’s locker rooms, laundry, outdoor recreation storage and general building storage. The project also includes a new central utility building that will be used to support this building and future facilities.

The UNC-Greensboro Student Recreation Center is adjacent to a residential neighborhood and included the demolition of 10 existing structures onsite. Coordination of construction traffic, deliveries and work sequencing were of the utmost importance to avoid negative impact to neighbors.

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