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Michael Jordan Collision Center Underway!

In yet another example of the turnkey Architect-led Design-Build delivery method so popular with our clients, Gontram Architecture and Ten Penny Construction announce the commencement of construction of the new Michael Jordan Collision Center in Durham, NC. This project represents the culmination of a 3-year process of investigating several potential sites and existing buildings to examine the feasibility of locating a collision center near the existing Michael Jordan Nissan dealership. Many greenfield/brownfield sites and existing buildings were reviewed, finally settling on this existing medical records warehouse just a few miles away from the dealership.



This project involves renovating the existing warehouse for the collision center and indoor storage of new cars.  The split-level building is situated on a steep slope, tight site.

For the collision center, a new customer area will be constructed, with reception area (with complete view of shop area), offices, restrooms, and other administrative spaces.  The shop area will house shop bays, metal bays, prep deck areas, and paint booths.

On the exterior, a new drive around the rear of the building will provide service circulation as well as at-grade access to both levels of the building.

One of the more challenging aspects of the project will be adding an NFPA 13 sprinkler system to the building, currently unsprinklered. (An auto body shop of this size is required by Code to be equipped throughout with an automatic sprinkler system). A new 12″ fire line will be installed along the long driveway to the building.

In addition to the sprinkler requirements, many plumbing, mechanical and electrical requirements associated with body shop equipment and operation.  As part of the electrical package, all new lighting will be CREE LED fixtures to provide substantial energy and long-term maintenance savings.

Finally, a new “front porch” entry feature will be installed to provide a more commercial, retail and professional feel to the warehouse building.

Construction is anticipated to be complete in June, 2016.

10 Advantages of Architect-Led Design-Build

Ten Penny Construction teams with Gontram Architecture to deliver commercial projects via the Design-Build process.  Our unique process of architect-led design-build makes our Clients’ lives simpler by providing design and construction from a single source. The fact that we are architects and contractors gives our clients the distinct advantage of early budget confirmation, and the virtual elimination of surprises, delays, change orders, and cost overruns.

In the traditional Design-Bid-Build process, clients hire an Architect, who then designs the dream project for the Client.  It is then put out to bid to multiple general contractors, who provide a price, that may or may not be within the project budget, but is guaranteed to be ripe with potential change orders, surprises, and budget busters in the end.  It is a contentious process that puts the Owner between the design team and the construction team if a conflict arises, with multiple parties pointing fingers at each other.

In the Architect-led Design-Build process, everything is provided to the Owner thru a single-source, team approach.  The Architect and General Contractor work together from Day One to provide a successful project, within an initial budget, within the time allotted, and with no surprises.  And with a single source for design and construction, the owner doesn’t need to worry about playing referee.

At Ten Penny Construction, we make the complicated and stressful process of commercial design and construction predictable, economical, and enjoyable.  We’d like to help you with your project!  You can find out more about our process by downloading our FREE GUIDE.

Waste Industries Transfer Station Office Fitup Underway

Foam insulation in the wall around a plumbing rough-in.

Foam insulation in the wall around a plumbing rough-in.

Ten Penny Construction is well underway at the Durham Transfer Station.  This interior office fitup for Waste Industries is a small but fairly complicated project.  Complying with the NC Energy Code can be challenging for most buildings, but particularly so for pre-engineering metal buildings.  In this instance, the use of closed cell foam insulation was required under roof and in some wall cavities to augment or replace the standard insulation that comes with these structures.

This is Ten Penny Construction’s first use of ‘Closed Cell Sprayed-in Foam Insulation’ on a commercial project.  Technological and scientific advances continue to offer new and innovative solutions to a variety of construction related Materials along with their Methods of Application.


Framing underway.

Foam insulation on the underside of the metal roof panels.

Foam insulation on the underside of the metal roof panels.

Sheetrock finishing work begins next week.

NCSBA 2nd Floor Office Upfit Moves Along

We are currently underway with a dual Suite renovation at the North Carolina School Board Association Building at 7208 Falls of the Neuse Road in Raleigh.  After the very well received full Suite renovation for Terramor Homes on the second floor, Ten Penny Construction is now back at work finishing-off the remainder of the outdated Suites on the second floor.  Work is progressing nicely with an anticipated finish date in early October.

NC Retail Assoc Basement

Framing is underway in the basement of the North Carolina Retail Merchants Association building in downtown Raleigh, NC.

Ten Penny Construction and Gontram Architecture are reconfiguring some office space to make it more usable.  This project is on the heels of another project that completely renovated the 1st and 2nd floors of this 1925 building.

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