Chapel Hill, N.C.


We provided Special Inspections and Construction Materials Testing for Shortbread Lofts, a seven-story, reinforced concrete, structural masonry and structural steel building. The building in total is 144,290 square feet (SF), divided into residential and retail spaces. For the residential space, it contains 85 dwelling units of two, three and four-bedroom styling, which all together total 134,911 SF. There is also street level retail and commercial space, separated by entrance lobbies and services areas from the residential space. The building is located only steps away from Franklin Street and UNC Chapel Hill campus, and the building also features a rooftop deck and garden. For this project, we provided the following services: Geotechnical Engineer of Record, soils and construction materials sampling and laboratory testing, footing bearing evaluation, concrete sampling and testing, laboratory compressive strength testing of concrete, mortar, and grout, bolt tension testing and steel inspection.

This adaptive reuse of an abandoned 1950’s building contains 3 street accessed condo units with unique features within each unit. The historic building was modified to retain its rich historic character along N. Churton Street while integrating contemporary design features along the West Union Street façade.

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Our Architecture Department is the first firm to have a multi-family residential development approved by the Town of Hillsborough Historic District Commission. 515 N. Churton contains 23 units of varying floor plans for different families and lifestyles.

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We provided Construction Materials Testing and Special Inspections services for a 516,600 SF condominium and apartment complex in Chapel Hill, NC. Our services were all handled in-house, including utilizing our own state-of-the-industry testing lab in Hillsborough, NC.

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