Peri Manns, ASLA  (919) 560-7996, Primary Project Manager

Brenda Hayes-Bright (919) 560-7991, Secondary Project Manager


Project Description

The Past: The Durham County Judicial Building at 201 E. Main Street replaced the historic Durham County Courthouse in 1978, and served as Courthouse and primary locations of justice sector offices. Durham’s population more than doubled between 1978 and 2010 and as a result, the facility could no longer serve the community’s needs. The Judicial Building was vacated when the new Durham County Justice Center opened in 2013. An extensive space program analysis was developed to identify which County departments would benefit most from consolidating in this building from other county-owned and leased spaces around the city.

The Future: The design objectives for this location included improving the pedestrian and urban scale of the building; including retail and community meeting spaces on the first floor to enliven East Main Street, and creating a vibrant Plaza Level by including new landscaping and hardscaping. When construction is complete, the building will be renamed Administration Building II to continue the County’s vision to create a hub for operations in the downtown core.  The project will include new signage and wayfinding to delineate which offices will remain in the original administration building and which will be located in the newly renovated Administration Building II.  As part of this project, the CMAR will improve pedestrian access to the war memorials in front of the original Administration Building.  In accordance with Durham County's commitment to environmental responsibility, this building is targeted for LEED Silver Certification.
The construction scope includes total removal of the existing building exterior and interior materials, replacement of all major building systems, a new elevator core, addition of a fire protection system, and complete reconfiguration of the interior. The exterior envelope is being replaced with a new curtainwall system that meets current energy performance standards, and will transform the entire exterior appearance. Large expanses of glass will provide natural light and connect the indoors to the outdoors. Energy-efficient building components and systems will provide a comfortable, healthy indoor environment and reduce operating costs.


201 E. Main Street, Durham, NC 27701 Map

Team Members

Design Team
   Architecture, Interior Design, Landscape Architecture, PM&E Engineering:
      Obrien/Atkins Associates, PA
   Civil:  McAdams
   Architecture Consultant:  The Harris Collaborative
   Structural:   Summit Design & Engineering
   Audio/Visual:  J&A Engineering
   Fire Protection and Code Consultant:  Howe Engineers
   Construction Materials Testing:  Falcon Engineering
   Building Environmental Commissioning:  REI Engineers
   Fundamental Commissioning:  SEDC Engineering dba     NV5

Construction Team
   Construction Manager at Risk:  Whiting-Turner /Holt     Brothers Construction, Inc.
   Environmental Consultant:  Terracon Consultants, Inc.
   Moving Consultant:  Heery International
   Structural Evaluations:  ECS Southeast, LLP
   Moving Contractor:  Cameron & Cameron

Project Budget

Budget: $47,209,129.18

Current Phase


Expected Completion

August 2018


What County departments will be consolidating their locations into the new Administration Building?
   EMS Administration
   NC Department of Juvenile Justice & Delinquency Prevention
   NC Forest Service
   Soil and Water
   Tax Administration
   Register of Deeds
   General Services - Security Operations Center
   Durham County Public Information Office TV Studio

What County departments will be located in the Historic Courthouse building after the Administration Building opens?
   Internal Audit
   County Manager
   Commissioners Board Room
   Commissioner Chambers
   Clerk to the Board
   Human Resources


main street 1 

 main street side


main street 2



parrish street side

Construction Progress Photos