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Clark Nexsen architects and engineers provide design solutions and expertise to a wide range of markets. Their clients benefit from a process forged over nearly a century of design practice delivering projects that solve real problems. Uncovering innovative solutions is the result of their iterative, collaborative process, undertaken with their clients to discover truly exceptional ideas.

Charlotte-Mecklenburg New Main Library, Charlotte, NC

Centered on goals to enhance learning opportunities and improve economic mobility, Charlotte-Mecklenburg’s new Main Library puts an emphasis on “public,” offering a medley of outdoor and indoor spaces intended to welcome visitors and foster community interaction. The new facility in Uptown Charlotte will be located on the same site the main library has occupied since 1903 and will preserve a rich history while providing a complete transformation to suit the evolving needs of the region.

Fitts-Woolard Hall, NC State University, Raleigh, NC

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The design is driven by a commitment to “engineering on display.” Throughout the four-story facility, high degrees of transparency create a light-filled, vibrant education environment.

Ferguson Headquarters 3, Newport News, VA

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Ferguson Enterprises, the largest U.S. distributor of plumbing supplies, has had roots in Virginia for more than 60 years. Facing a need to expand their headquarters in Newport News, Ferguson partnered with Clark Nexsen to create an amenities-rich, collaborative space for their associates. At the core of its design is a shift towards transparency, openness, and connectivity, and sustainability both within the company and the community at large. Making cultural strides, the facility known as HQ3 shies away from the traditional office building structure. Instead, emphasis is placed on collaboration through a progressive design that eliminates private office space in favour of an open concept with a wide variety of flex spaces. Located in City Center at Oyster Point, HQ3 is the start of a new modern campus designed to attract professionals who want to work in an urban setting.


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FUJIFILM Diosynth Biotechnologies, Morrisville, NC

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The Bioprocess Innovation Center is a cutting-edge RTP research and lab facility that fosters interaction between scientists while providing a strong visual connection to the forest on this heavily wooded site. The facility represents the first phase of the master plan and provides for a 3-story, 62,000 SF facility comprised primarily of laboratory and office functions as well as a new central lobby gathering space.

Regional Plant & Teaching Facility, Wake Tech Community College, Raleigh, NC

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Located at the entrance of Wake Tech Community College in a natural setting, the Regional Plant Teaching Facility creates a gateway to the campus and acts as a symbol of the merging of technology, education, and sustainability. While the building’s program is comprised of spaces to house heating and cooling equipment, it is also an educational facility for teaching students and the public about energy efficient building systems. A simple rectilinear glass and steel box with a perforated metal screen layer was designed to house, screen, and display the technology and to create a unique educational space for the college.

Duke Edens Quad Renovation, Duke University, Durham, NC

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Prior to their transformative renovation, the residence halls of Edens Quad were considered the least desirable places to live on the Duke University campus. Through a collaborative design process, Clark Nexsen’s Student Life practice team worked with Duke to develop a series of strategies for reviving these late 1960’s buildings, creating a vibrant residential community connected to and engaged with the greater campus.

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James B. Hunt Jr. Library, NC State University, Raleigh, NC

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The second main library on NC State’s rapidly growing Centennial Campus, the Hunt Library features an iconic modern exterior and an interior filled with cutting-edge technological integration. Time magazine called Hunt Library “the library of the future.” Clark Nexsen served as Executive Architect, collaborating fully on the project design and construction with the New York office of Snøhetta serving as Lead Designer.

Innovative High School, Flat Rock, NC

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As public school systems across the nation strive to improve retention, graduation rates, and student success long term, Henderson County’s Innovative High School represents a shared vision to provide greater opportunities to their students. This groundbreaking new facility is located on the Blue Ridge Community College campus and houses two innovative schools, Early College High School and the Career Academy. Reflective of a highly effective partnership between Henderson County Public Schools, BRCC, the design and contracting team, and a number of other parties, the building is celebrated as ushering in a new way of thinking about high school education.

First-Year Village at University of Miami, University of Miami, Coral Gables, FL

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Clark Nexsen was invited to participate in a national design competition to replace four ageing 12-story residential towers at the University of Miami that no longer met programmatic needs. Our team’s vision for the new First-Year Village responds to the university’s desire to create an engaging living-learning environment for freshmen students. Our design scheme is a collection of four residential colleges combining student housing with classrooms, media and recreation spaces, seminar rooms, and residences for faculty and staff.

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Orchard Residence Hall, Penn State University Brandywine, Media, PA

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When the Penn State University system wanted to design the first-ever residence hall on the Brandywine campus, they partnered with Clark Nexsen’s student life design experts to develop a residential experience at Orchard Hall that will help attract students and provide a vibrant on-campus experience.

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