NC State University – Memorial Belltower Renovation & Restoration

Raleigh, North Carolina

Preserving and restoring a beloved, iconic landmark

Raleigh, North Carolina

NC State University

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Project Type
Restoration, Renovation, Memorial, Carillon

2021 Award of Merit - Renovation/ Restoration category, Engineering News Record (ENR) Southeast
2021 Pinnacle Award - Best Building Project, Carolinas AGC
2022 Certificate of Merit - Excellence in Project Implementation, North Carolina State Building Commission
2022 Star Award, Construction Professionals Network (CPN) of North Carolina

Professional Credits
Walter Robbs Callahan & Pierce Architects, PA
Prime, Design-Build: New Atlantic Contracting

This challenging project restored the granite exterior of the 112-foot-high Memoria Belltower and its 48-foot-square plinth, as well as an interior marble-walled Shrine Room and the Memorial Tablet. In addition to historic preservation, the project included installation of a 55-bell carillon and playing cabin, new interior stairs, and upgraded mechanical and electrical systems. The improvements resolved accessibility and allowed the clockworks level to be occupied so that the carillon can be played onsite. The Belltower’s surrounding plaza was restored and a gradually ascending path was installed to provide universal accessibility.

Matt Messick, AIA, LEED AP BD+C

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