New Atlantic Contracting Completes Construction Of Reynolda Hall

Local N.C. General Contractor Renovates Administrative and Personal and Career Development Offices at Wake Forest University in $1.3 Million Project

Cary, NC, September 29, 2011 --( John Muter, president and chief operations officer of New Atlantic Contracting, Inc. (, a licensed general contractor providing traditional general contracting, construction management and design build services in the institutional, educational, health care and industrial markets across North Carolina, has announced that the firm served as the general contractor for the Wake Forest University’s Reynolda Hall project. The 22,500 square foot renovation, valued at $1.3 million, houses the administrative and student activities offices, dining services and a central information desk. Construction work occurred on schedule during the school’s 2011 summer break and encompassed several new rooms, such as a third floor conference room with updated whiteboards and projection surfaces, on the second floor is the new Personal and Career Development Office, and a third floor space design to allow efficient proximity of several inter-related departments that were previously isolated in different locations around campus.

The project emphasized the restoration of Reynolda Hall. The architecture freshens up the feel of the building, while respecting the beautiful, unique, and historic design. Even in contemporary spaces, which are contained within specific suites, the existing trim, moldings, columns, and window detailing were maintained throughout, and an existing structural masonry wall was revealed. These features highlight the historic structure through contrast with the new materials and spaces. For example, even though the space has a new function, the third floor grand ballroom ceiling was restored, to allow a glimpse of the original architecture that includes the high, vaulted ceiling, intricate perimeter plaster crown molding, and wall casings and trim. Original kitchen locations were discovered, bathrooms and plumbing chases, long since forgotten, were revealed, and existing utilities were uncovered. In some cases, for instance the second floor career services reception desk, these features were actually highlighted in the final design.

Other upgrades provided additional user control and preparations for an eventual building wide upgrade to the mechanical systems, replacement of the original electrical wiring in several of the renovated areas, and the installation of a new direct/indirect ceiling mounted light fixtures to provide increased quality-of-task lighting with less glare. Many of the existing restrooms were upgraded with additional accessibility features that included wider doors, clear floor areas, and accessibility fixtures.

Conservation efforts included waste management (all trash and disposables were sorted and recycled carefully throughout the construction process), the reuse and recycling of more than 100 existing wood doors, and the installation of new water-saving dual flush valves in the restrooms and energy-saving dual switched light fixtures in all offices. Throughout the building, sustainable interior finish elements with high recycled content and low volatile organic compound (VOC) emissions were used.

“This was a really tough project that required all team members to work closely together. The building remained occupied the entire time we were under construction including the University Presidents Office,” said Muter. “With the goal of providing an inviting, clean atmosphere to students, visitors and employees at Reynaldo Hall, we employed open floor plans, interior office windows and high wall glass transoms, among other features. We achieved this in a swift and environmentally friendly fashion. The result is what we at New Atlantic believe to be a top addition to one of the best universities in the nation, and we are proud to have been part of it.”

“New Atlantic Contracting orchestrated the renovation of Reynolda Hall perfectly,” said James E. Alty, PE, associate vice president, facilities & campus services at Wake Forest University. “We presented a tight summer schedule and despite several hiccups, the project was completed on time for the fall semester.”

- New Atlantic Contracting, Inc. was awarded the Carolina’s AGC 2010 Best General Contractor of the Year Pinnacle Award.

About New Atlantic Contracting, Inc.:
New Atlantic Contracting, Inc. provides traditional general contracting, construction management and design build services in the institutional, educational, health care and industrial markets. An employee-owned firm since 2002, New Atlantic Contracting, Inc. is headquartered in Winston-Salem, N.C. and licensed to operate throughout North Carolina and adjacent states. With a commitment to quality and a determination to earn client trust on every project, the firm strives to deliver the best projects on time and on schedule. In 2006, the firm was awarded the Carolina’s Associated General Contractors’ Pinnacle Award for Best Building Project for the North Carolina Museum of Life and Science in Durham, N.C., and served as the general contractor for North Carolina’s first state owned LEED Platinum certified building – the University of North Carolina’s Botanical Garden Visitor Education Center in Chapel Hill, N.C. New Atlantic Contracting, Inc.’s core values of uncompromising integrity, quality, and affordability have enabled them to become one of North Carolina's leading general contractors. For more information, please visit

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