American Tobacco Campus

Durham, North Carolina

Surface 678 provided site design for the mixed-use development American Tobacco Campus in Downtown Durham, North Carolina. Much of the open space within the American Tobacco Campus (ATC) was underutilized due to inaccessibility. There was a high volume of pedestrian traffic at the popular urban development due to increasing number of residential units. Utilizing historic tax credits, the design team made material selections responding to the existing industrial palette. This helped provide increased amenities and safety for residents, tenants, and visitors.

Surface 678 worked on three key spaces at the American Tobacco Campus that enhance the overall pedestrian experience. An outdoor “room” that features a fireplace, seating walls, lighting and integrates existing walkways will provide additional amenities for residents living in the complex. An improved lawn terrace allows increased usage during programmed events. The gravel pathway along the ATC river’s edge was converted to a wood deck and plaza to make that unique water feature more accessible and provide enhanced interaction with the river.


Site Design

Walt Havener

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