RCC Building Named One of Top 10 Construction Projects,
Architect Wins Merit Award from State Construction
ASHEBORO (March 31, 2014)
Robert Carmac of Smith Sinnett Architecture of Raleigh (center) won the North Carolina State Building Commission Certificate of Merit for his design for Randolph Community College’s Continuing Education and Industrial Center, which opened in January 2013. The award was presented at the 33rd Annual State Construction Conference in Raleigh on March 27, which was also attended by Cindi Goodwin (left), RCC’s director of facility operations, and Daffie Garris (right), RCC vice president for administrative services. Goodwin and Garris nominated Camac for the award. In addition, RCC’s CEIC was named one of the Top 10 Construction Projects in North Carolina for the year.
Randolph Community College’s $7.6 million Continuing Education and Industrial Center was listed on the State Construction Office’s list of Top 10 Best Managed and Administered Construction Projects for the year, and Robert Carmac of Smith Sinnett Architecture, the architect for the CEIC, was awarded the State Building Commission Certificate of Merit Award at the 33rd annual State Construction Conference in Raleigh on March 27. Over 1,000 people from across the state attended the event.
Randolph Community College had the only community college project on the Top 10 List, which included much larger projects such as Winston-Salem State University’s Student Activities Center, East Carolina University’s Smith Williams Center, University of North Carolina at Wilmington’s Rec Center, and UNC’s IRB Marsico Hall.
The CEIC, which opened in January 2013 on RCC’s Asheboro Campus, is a 47,283-square-foot facility that houses the College’s Corporate & Continuing Education classes; the Small Business Center; classroom and lab space for RCC’s Computer-Integrated Machining, Electrical Systems Technology, and Mechatronics Engineering Technology programs; and a 3,000-square-foot Corporate Training Center for local businesses to hold meetings and conferences. The building was a former furniture distribution warehouse.
Carmac was nominated for the award by Daffie Garris, RCC’s vice president for administrative services, and Cindi Goodwin, RCC’s director of facility operations, who shared project coordination duties on the construction project.
“During the course of this project, Mr. Carmac worked tirelessly to help us achieve our dream facility,” reads part of the nomination letter. “The CEIC is the single largest facility that Randolph Community College has ever endeavored and has become the only LEED Gold Certified facility in Randolph County. Mr. Carmac’s diligence in meeting our expectations, educating our staff on new technology, and listening to the needs of our end-users was a sign of true professionalism and his dedication to the success of this project.”
Garris and Goodwin also noted that the plan design took many years to develop and encountered several obstacles including budget, which Carmac helped the College to overcome by developing a full cost analysis spreadsheet on the project. In the end, they said Carmac “presented a plan which maximized the existing building footprint but allowed for vast commons areas, large well-lit classrooms, multifunction space, recessed space for recycling containers, and ample supplies storage.” The project was completed on time and within budget. It earned LEED Gold Certified status in June 2013.