Location: Durham, NC
Square Feet: 8,550 sq ft
Scope of Project: Renovation of the Mezzanine Level of the historic Kress Building to create Gridworks – an exciting new take on the American Underground co-working model – in the heart of Downtown, Durham.
This project took form in remarkable time. The American Underground, Belk Architecture, and BridgePoint began design meetings in November of 2016. By March 2017, the Certificate of Occupancy was issued. The space presented some interesting challenges due to the age of the building. Unlike conventional commercial buildings with acoustical ceilings and drywall walls, the Mezzanine level of the Kress building has the original ornate plaster ceilings and walls. The plaster was left unchanged for this project, with only minimal restoration work to restore it to original condition. The effect creates a unique space that blends modern and 1930’s aesthetics. Additionally, the BridgePoint team found creative and budget conscious ways to install the new electrical, mechanical, and plumbing without cutting or demolition to the original building.
Fun Fact About the Project: Our marketing team, Allieway Marketing, was one of Gridworks’ first tenants!