Durham Parks & Recreation (DPR) facilities receive vibrant transformations

For several years, RND has collaborated with DPR to design strategic renovations which address the aesthetics, maintainability, accessibility, and function of their pubic parks facilities. Though the priority has been to make the interior experience pleasant for the visitor and vandal-resistant for City maintenance, another important project component was transforming the building exteriors to appear more approachable.

Our team strategically designed improvements at numerous park locations, including the award-winning Wrightwood Park renovation. After the upgrades were complete, the City hired local artists to interpret each Park’s activity in a  unique mural – a vibrant, creative way to generate unique personas out of standard building types.

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The space has literally changed the face of recruitment for this department.
I have people coming to work happy.

Robert Joyner
Development Review Group Manager, City of Durham

RND understands what customer service means.
They understand the budget restraints of a municipality and explore creative, cost-effective solutions to issues.

Doreen Sanfelici
Project Manager, City of Durham

I couldn’t be happier – wish I could take the credit! Preservation NC made a great decision. Congratulations to the firm – this is truly a project to be proud of.

Linda Carlisle
Secretary, NC Department of Cultural Resources

From the beginning of the process to the end result, this firm was most gracious in understanding the difficulty in laying out a plan that not only suits the needs of past and present history, but also to be secure for years to come in incorporating growth.

Doreen Sanfelici
Project Manager, City of Durham

RND Architects has been working continuously for Duke University Medical Center and Health Systems over the last ten years, and is one of the local architecture firms we depend on for their strong skills, experience in design, and follow through.

Gregory Warwick
Architect, Duke University Medical Center

The designers made this building very energy efficient and technologically friendly, with all the modern conveniences of a new building – while preserving the moldings, architecture, color palettes, and materials of its original designer – whom I believe would be more than pleased.

Jennifer Talley
Alamance County Historic Commission

I highly recommend RND Architects without any reservations. We definitely look forward to working with them on our future building projects.

Karen Pulido
Clinical Operations Director, UNC Healthcare

The staff has been flexible, knowledgeable, responsive, dedicated, timely, and professional throughout this process. As a result, the new clinics have been a great success. Thank you again for your dedication and hard work that has greatly contributed to the success of this project.

Anne-Marie Hawthorne
Project Manager, Duke University Health System



Construction is nearing completion at Chapel Hill Bible Church! The project will expand upon the existing church, which was constructed in 2002. The 31,000 SF addition includes a chapel, event space, and an education wing with classrooms, offices, and youth ministry areas. The project is anticipated to be complete by the end of December.

Check it out! You can view a live feed of construction at this link.


Our team had a wonderful holiday celebration at The House at Gatewood restaurant in Hillsborough on December 13! We enjoyed a delicious meal together and reflected on our favorite moments and projects from 2018.

Thank you to all our clients, consultants, and friends for your support this year. We look forward to all that the new year will bring and wish you a happy and safe holiday season!


Construction was recently completed for a beautiful new stair and elevator addition at MedCenter Mebane! In response to the site’s existing conditions, the design is angled to preserve views from the second floor tenant spaces. The striking glass panes create a  jewel-like effect on the interior and recall the pediatric clinic’s material palette.

View the full project details  here.

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