Project Summary
Brightleaf Square

Breathing life back into Main Street through modern design and accessible retail construction

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The Space
Square Footage 140,000
Location Durham, NC

History seeps from the bricks of the former tobacco warehouses at the historic Brightleaf Square, originally built at the turn of the 20th century. Developed to support the booming tobacco industry in the late 70s and early 80s, these 40-year-old warehouses undergo a multi-tiered renovation to modernize the property and offer the community of nearby Duke University and downtown Durham updated, accessible retail and office space.

In addition to improved accessibility throughout the property, a central urban courtyard connects the different buildings with a warm, welcoming environment that amplifies the community atmosphere.


A Multi-Tiered Approach to Bring a Piece of History into the 21st Century

As a historical piece of the local community, preserving and protecting the notable Brightleaf Square was critical. With guidance from the Durham’s Historic Preservation Commission, the project team worked closely alongside the owner, designer, and trade partners to retain the historical significance of the property, while revitalizing this reimagined space.

The initial stage of this multi-phase project included a full reconfiguration of the existing entryway structures and streetscapes abutting W. Main Street for the Brightleaf Square – North Building. To increase accessibility and curb appeal, all existing streetscapes will be demolished and replaced with an elevated terrace and outdoor seating area. The terrace will include weathering steel and concrete walls, brick paver hardscapes, integral planters, as well as contemporary lighting and furnishing.

A significant amount of underground utility work is also carefully coordinated and will be complete with minimal impact on nearby businesses.


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