Annie Louise Wilkerson, MD Nature Preserve Park Phase Two
This project is being led by: Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources
HH Architecture (Architecture and Project Lead)
CLH Design, P.A. (Site, Civil, and Landscape Architecture)
Lysaght & Associates, PA (Structural Engineering)
En-Tech Engineering (Plumbing, Mechanical and Electrical Engineering)
Matrix Health and Safety Consultants, LLC (Environmental Design)
On December 3rd, the Raleigh City Council approved a contract for the construction of the second phase of renovations planned for the Annie Louise Wilkerson Nature Preserve Park. The contract for $1,977,800 was awarded to Daniels and Daniels Construction Co., Inc. Funding for the project is provided by a portion of the City of Raleigh’s two-thirds general obligation bonds approved in 2012.
History and Background
In February 2006, the City of Raleigh received an amazing gift of 157 acres of land along Falls Lake to create its first designated nature preserve. Dr. Annie Louise Wilkerson, a renowned Raleigh doctor with many pioneering achievements in her 53-year career in medicine, stipulated in her will that the park be maintained as a "nature preserve park" used for the primary purpose of nature and wildlife education.
Phase One of park development has been completed and consists of a park preserve office, an educational shelter and restrooms. The restrooms utilize an innovative water conservation and re-use system. Other sustainable features include a small solar array, car charging station and permeable parking area.
The nature preserve consists of oak-hickory forest and open fields that will be maintained as Piedmont prairie. Three farm ponds and five perennial streams shelter various aquatic species.
On June 5, City Council authorized the execution of the design services contract with HH Architecture.
The former home of Dr. Wilkerson will be fully renovated for conversion into a nature park research center. This center may include a multi-purpose room, a science/wet lab, an exhibit space, a reception area / entry, a kitchenette, and the necessary support spaces. In addition to the center, the project will also include pedestrian walkways and outdoor teaching space.
The Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources Department has partnered with the Public Utilities Department on an innovative wastewater system at the new education center that utilizes advanced treatment technology to minimize nitrogen and phosphorus discharge for the Falls Lake watershed. The Public Utilities Department will use watershed protection fees for their share of the wastewater system.
The project has been registered with the US Green Building Council and is targeting LEED Silver certification.
|Public Input:||June 2012 – February 2013|
|Design Development and Construction Documents:||October 2012 - October 2013
|Bidding and Construction:||November 2013 - Summer 2014|
|Project Information Exchange Meeting:
||June 7, 2012|
|Schematic Design Review Meeting:
||February 7, 2013|
|Presentation to the Parks Recreation and
Greenway Advisory Board:
|February 21, 2013
|City Council approved schematic design:||March 5, 2013|
|City Council awards construction bid:||December 3, 2013|