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State of NC Owned and Leased Properties




2.1 million sf assessed

N.C. Real Estate & Capital Improvement Needs Analysis & Evaluation Study

O’Brien Atkins was a key member of the CBRE-led team retained to assist the State of North Carolina Office of Budget Management and the Department of Administration in preparing a real estate and capital improvement needs analysis and evaluation of State properties – both leased and owned. The objectives included future cost savings, maximizing existing real estate infrastructure, creating an efficient, appealing, and productive work environment for State employees, and consideration of financing and financial alternatives.

With an aggressive 3-month timeframe to complete the study, O’Brien Atkins identified 10 representative buildings (2.1 million sf) in the State Government Complex to then extrapolate and apply what was learned re: building envelope, building systems, layouts and efficiencies, to the rest of the portfolio.

O’Brien Atkins’ role included space analysis and planning; preparing prototypical space plans for future space needs; developing proposed new space standards; developing efficiency projections per department, based on the proposed new space standards; and applying the proposed new space standards to two existing, State buildings’ floor plans to demonstrate efficiencies gained. Our designers also conceptualized a Downtown Government Complex vision – including buildings, streetscape, signage, plantings, parking and architectural elements – conveyed in a series of architectural 3D renderings.