Updating a historic high school building

In partnership with Cherry Huffman Architects (now RATIO Architects), The Wooten Company provided engineering design services for the project, including civil, mechanical and electrical engineering.

The mechanical and electrical engineering work involved extensive renovation throughout 175,670 square feet of a three-story school building. The school is a historic structure built in 1928 and then extended in 1951, which compounded the difficulties of locating pipes, ducts and equipment that were installed during the additions within the building. Old and outdated equipment was removed and the building was brought up to N.C. Building Code Standards with new systems while paying close attention to maintaining the historic characteristics of the campus. HVAC, Fire Protection and Electrical systems were all overhauled while the work was done in four stages so that most of the school could remain in operation during renovations.