The former Coca-Cola bottling plant located at 2200 South Wilmington St in Raleigh, NC will soon see new life as a new Career & Technical Education High School. The project will renovate and convert the empty 81,000 SF distribution center to serve as a new magnet vocational high school for the Wake County Public School System (WCPSS) as well as additional learning space for Wake Technical Community College (WTCC) students during the evenings and on weekends.
The Wake County Government purchased the property and will be responsible for management of the design and renovation. The high school will accommodate 700 high school students during the normal school week and up to 1,000 WTCC students for evening and weekend classes. The renovations will create general classrooms, labs, a dining commons, student support and administration offices as well as a multipurpose space and learning commons. The parking lot will be repaved and a new bus drop off area and visitor drop off loop will be created.
The CTE High School was originally conceived as a Public-Private Partnership between a private development company and Wake County. The private development company assembled a consultant team and completed programming, initial site planning and schematic design on the project. Wake County subsequently purchased the property and is independently developing the project. The consultant contracts from the development company were assigned to Wake County. LS3P Associates of Raleigh is serving as the architect, CLH Design is the landscape architect and civil engineer, Fluhrer Reed is the structural engineer and Crenshaw Engineering is handling the mechanical & electrical engineering. Food Design is the food service consultant and REI, Inc. is the roof consultant.
Construction Manager-at-Risk qualifications were received on February 18, 2013. The county received 10 submittals of which six firms were shortlisted for further consideration. On March 18, 2013, Clancy & Theys headquartered in Raleigh was announced as the Construction Manager-at-Risk.
Construction is scheduled to take approximately one year to complete in order to be ready for the start of the 2014-2015 school year.