A giant crane juts into the downtown sky, bookmarking what will become Durham’s tallest building.
Over the next two years or so, the 27-story, $88 million One City Center will rise from a massive dirt pit extending four stories below ground.
“The crane will stay in that spot, 100 percent, until the very end of the project,” said Jane Hills, who along with her husband and Duke University alumnus Greg, own Aspen, Colorado-based Austin Lawrence Partners. “They build around it.”
When it’s time to start occupying the building, the crane, which will be raised about 100 feet higher as construction fills in the ground floors, will be broken down and removed, Hills said.
One City Center is one of two of Austin Lawrence Partners’ projects under construction near the corner of West Parrish and Corcoron streets. The company is also renovating the former Jack Tar Motor Lodge into a 74-room boutique hotel that will be the first to fall under Dream Hotel’s Unscripted brand. Austin Lawrence Partners bought the building and its 250-space parking deck to meet parking demands for the larger tower.