University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s Hill Hall Renovation
Hill Hall, a campus landmark and former Carnegie Library, was renewed through a $15-million renovation project that transformed the auditorium into a first-rate music recital hall and restored the distinguished rotunda and lobby. The existing structure was comprised of three different structural systems built at different points in time: 1907, 1931, and 1963.
CALYX Engineers and Consultants employed a wide variety of structural systems and creative approaches to conform to the structural limitations of the existing building while achieving the design and artistic vision of Quinn Evans Architect’s new architectural layout. The state-of-the-art hall now provides a grand backdrop for a variety of classes, lectures, pre-professional training, assemblies, and recitals by UNC’s music program as well as professional performances in the James and Susan Moeser Auditorium.
CALYX provided structural and civil design including support for new mechanical equipment in the attic, reframing the auditorium seating to allow improved site lines, providing an entirely new structure for the stage and back of stage functions, provided structural support for new miscellaneous wall and window openings, ensuring code compliance, and addressing ADA accessibility concerns. As a part of the site work, CALYX’s subsurface utility engineering group provided SUE Quality Level A services, digging over 10 test holes to accurately locate and map utilities on the site.
2017: Excellence in Structural Engineering – Historic Preservation, Structural Engineering Association of North Carolina