Summit provided structural engineering services for the Wake County Justice Center. This building, located in North Carolina’s second largest county, consists of a high-rise court tower and low-rise administrative components. The 19-story tower (12 above grade and two levels of below grade parking) has an overall building height in excess of 230 feet above grade. The project scope also included below grade connections to the adjacent Wake County Public Safety Center.
The primary building construction utilizes structural steel framing with lightweight concrete slabs on metal deck. The below grade levels are structured with cast in place reinforced concrete framing. Lateral resistance is provided by structural steel braced frames (above grade) and reinforced concrete shear walls (below grade). The building is founded on augercast concrete pile foundations and is pursuing LEED certification. Due to its close proximity to an adjacent high-rise jail construction and existing deep foundations for the demolished building and parking deck, the project required relatively complex, deep foundation design.