Campbell University made a major strategic decision to relocate their law school from their campus in the rural town of Buies Creek to downtown Raleigh, NC. While already a successful Law School, the goal was to improve the programs visibility and increase the students’ opportunities for internships and career placement by being close to law firms, the state capitol and courthouse. The new Campbell Law School contains library, classrooms, mock and live courtrooms and administrative office space.
The project began with an evaluation of an existing downtown office building to determine the feasibility of converting it into their new Law School facility. Campbell entrusted RMF with this task because of the relationship built over a 12-year span of providing engineering planning and design services to the University. The tight schedule and budget were successfully achieved, and interest and enrollment in the school increased almost immediately upon the announcement of the new facility. The move to downtown Raleigh has allowed Campbell University to partner with NC State University to offer a dual degree in law and public administration. The law school was bestowed with the Community Enhancement Award.
- Overhaul of existing building systems including chilled water, heating water, VAV air handling systems, power and lighting systems and domestic water systems.
- HVAC design included special attention to acoustics and indoor air quality for mock courtrooms, library and classrooms.
- New parking deck ventilation, improved lighting and fire protection systems.
- New natural gas generator was provided along with a new dedicated Life Safety ATS.
- New site lighting was important to create a campus feel, and consists of building-mounted accent and landscape lighting.
- DDC system controls air handling units, fans, coils, terminal units, chiller water and heating water systems.
- A web-link allows tracking of building systems from the Campbell University Facilities Management team or other remote locations.