BJAC Provides Design Consulting To Shaw University

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  • Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill, NC (1888PressRelease) July 14, 2011 - Dan Fields, AIA, principal and CMO at BJAC, pa (, an architectural firm offering professional services for specialized, complex institutional projects, has announced that BJAC is providing design consulting services to Shaw University in Raleigh. Shaw University's campus was heavily damaged by an April 2011 tornado, so BJAC assembled a team of local design and construction firms to provide a pro-bono assessment and preliminary estimates of storm damage.

    BJAC, along with a team of local design and construction firms including Stewart, Callis Contracting and Barnhill Construction, reviewed the university's buildings and prepared a report that recorded damage and recommended repair steps. Specific follow-up activities include: selection of new finish materials; evaluation of systems repair and replacement; preparation of an advance planning study of improvements to the Student Center; preparation of conceptual design studies and project visualization; and design and construction observation for a temporary food service and dining facility.

    "BJAC is always willing to help out a fellow member of the Raleigh community," said Fields. "The devastation that the tornado was able do to the campus is unbelievable, and BJAC is glad to have the opportunity to lend our expertise to a friend in need. With our damage assessments, repair recommendations and cost estimates, Shaw University will have a good foundation to begin its renovations, and we look forward to helping them restore their great university."

    - The report that will be created regarding improvements to the Student Center included identification of long-term programming goals, assessment of code compliance and expansion capability of the existing building, and recommendations for a prioritized project scope.

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    Architectural firm BJAC, pa, offers professional services for specialized, complex institutional projects. The firm provides design expertise to healthcare, K-20 education, research, museum and municipal clients, along with a broad range of in-depth services, including architectural design, pre-design, programming, design, master planning, interior design, construction management, contract administration and design build. Established in 1994 by CEO and Managing Principal Lou Jurkowski, FAIA, BJAC is one of the largest woman-owned architectural design firms in the Southeast, with offices in Raleigh and Charlotte. In 2010, BJAC was awarded Firm of the Year by the North Carolina Chapter of The American Institute of Architects (AIANC). Most recently, the firm was awarded the 2011 Pinnacle Steady Growth and Profitability Master Award by the Greater Raleigh Chamber of Commerce. For more information, please call BJAC at (919) 833-8818 or visit

    Jennifer Fair
    MMI Public Relations
    (919) 233-6600
    jennifer ( @ ) mmipublicrelations dot com

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