Category Archives: Renovation

Charles R. Jonas Federal Courthouse Dedication & Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

A celebration like no other!

May 19th, 2023, marks a day that has been decades in the making—a day that will officially become part of the storied history that is the Charles R. Jonas Federal Building and Courthouse.

Last Friday, many gathered on the front lawn of the newly renovated courthouse for a ribbon cutting ceremony marking the completion of the new 198,000 square-foot wing and the renovation of the existing 134,000 square-foot historic Jonas Courthouse.

The reimagined Charles R. Jonas Federal Building and Courthouse pays homage to the courthouse’s history not only by continuing and complementing its design language but also by conserving and enhancing its prominent historic elements. The existing courthouse, delicately retrofitted to work alongside the new wing, attains one of the most critical goals of the overall project: better security.

The new eight story wing allows the dignified presence of the present courthouse to rise from street level to the Charlotte skyline. The upper portion of the wing takes its cue from the design vocabulary of the historic Jonas building’s restrained classical details and materials.

Excitement Continues for App State’s University Bookstore Remodel


The University Bookstore renovation is one of several major projects under construction at Appalachian State University to enhance the App State Experience. The two-story space, constructed in 1969, is located at the heart of campus in the Student Union and serves the entire App State Community, as well as campus guests.

J•PA’s modern design creates an enhanced visitor experience by incorporating emerging retail trends, environmental graphics that highlight App State’s campus culture and unique materials and textures that represent the university’s High Country setting.

Once complete, the bookstore will become one of the premier spaces on campus for recruitment activities, visitors, alumni, and students.

Read more about the project and how it supports UNC System goals and metrics at the link below.

UNC Pembroke’s West Hall Receives an AIA Charlotte Merit Award for Adaptive Reuse

The intent of this award is to recognize thoughtful interventions or restorations that create a
synergy between old and new construction.

This comprehensive renovation repurposed an unoccupied 1960s era dormitory to create a dynamic center for technology services and learning. Located in the heart of the UNC Pembroke campus, the three-story West Hall was among several options reviewed by UNCP and the design team to determine the most cost-effective and adaptable solution for consolidating the university’s data and IT services. The comprehensive renovation transformed the 40,659-sf facility into a highly sophisticated technology hub housing UNCP’s entire IT department, faculty / student learning centers, online education offices, living laboratory space, and some of the largest classrooms on campus.

Memorial Stadium Recognized by ABC of the Carolinas and Building NC!

American Legion Memorial Stadium brings home two top industry honors from ABC of the Carolinas and Building NC!


This annual award ceremony The ABC Carolinas Chapter Excellence in Construction (EIC) Awards is a yearly competition in which general contractors and specialty contractors submit their projects for recognition. The EIC program is the premier competition within the Carolinas construction community that recognizes outstanding projects ABC members have built.

BUILDING NC Best Renovation (2021)

Building NC awards highlight some of the state’s most impressive commercial real estate projects, based on design, innovation and community impact.

It wouldn’t have been possible without such an amazing team! Congrats to all—it was truly an honor to be a part of renovating Mecklenburg County’s historic stadium!

HOK | Barton Malow | Edifice | NJR Construction



Construction Begins on the Chancel & Welcome Center at First Presbyterian Church









First Presbyterian Church, located in the heart of Uptown Charlotte, is deemed to be one of the oldest structures in the city. Originally built in 1857, the church was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1982.⁠⁠









The renovation improvements of the project center around a new chancel and choir loft that is highlighted by a new pipe organ. The scope includes aesthetic, acoustic and functional updates to the Sanctuary and Chancel, Sacristy, Apse, Transept, Welcome Center, and Historic Lobby. It also includes the addition of a new ADA lift to the top choir platform, new sanctuary lighting, and restoration of the heart pine wood floors. While focusing on the new chancel and choir configuration, the redesign includes an improved existing pulpit, marble floors, white oak millwork, bronze railings, and a piano lift that can be utilized for the relocation of the chancel furnishings to create a venue for recitals, performances, and other events.

UNC Pembroke’s West Hall Transformation is Complete!









When given the chance, an old building can often surprise in its ability to take on a new use. This adaptive re-use project at UNC Pembroke is a great example of transformation. Originally designed as a residence hall in 1965, West Hall now houses the IT Innovation Center for students and faculty. The team was excited to work with UNC Pembroke to breath new life into the structure, and provide the campus a building they can use for many years to come.