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State Employees’ Credit Union

McDonald York has been a partner of North Carolina State Employees’ Credit Union since 2015. From complete renovations to their existing office space to work inside secure mission critical spaces, McDonald York has been trusted with working at their office and branch facilities while remaining operational. We have completed over 150,000 SF of renovations for them. Additionally, we were entrusted to manage the process of running a facility assessment program for multiple branches across the entirety of North Carolina. This effort involved generating an RFP to identify design partners, managing the design partners in their reviews of each individual branch, generating scopes of work for each branch and managing the construction work. This work took place over 15 months and involved 11 branches.

Duke Energy

Duke Energy has been a client of McDonald York since 1998. From out-of-ground facilities to critical infrastructure projects and office renovations, Duke Energy has appreciated McDonald York’s ability to handle its challenging projects. Among these challenging projects was replacing the cooling towers at Duke Raleigh Headquarters, which required raising chillers onto the roof in an urban setting without impacting operations of the buildings or the surrounding urban core. We also have done several projects at the Shearon Harris Nuclear Power Facility and managed the construction without impacting plant operations. We have performed office restacks, as well as work in Duke Energy Call centers without impacting Duke Energy’soperations. Finally, McDonald York has completed several roof renovations to ensure that Duke Energy’s Assets are maintained and in good working order.

Parmer RTP

In 2018, Karlin purchased the research and development campus and buildings from GlaxoSmithKline and commenced Parmer RTP, a repositioning of the site and leasing of the buildings. McDonald York was selected as the general contractor to construct a suite of world-class amenities on the 550-acre campus including a brand new outdoor amphitheater, championship-level tennis courts, outdoor gathering areas, and a grand lawn with corn hole courts, putting greens, and volleyball courts. In addition, McDonald York constructed a parking deck adding over 700 spaces, surface parking, and numerous high-quality, state-of-the-art office and laboratory spaces throughout the 1.7M square-foot campus.

Alamo Drafthouse Cinema

This project included the complete interior demolition of the 36,000 SF 1950’s Winn Dixie in the Longview Shopping Center in order to convert the space into the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema. The Cinema includes 11 screens, a full-service kitchen, lounge, and bar. We worked with the architects and engineers to coordinate the removal of 8,000 SF of concrete for all the new underground plumbing lines required for the kitchen and restrooms. Careful planning of logistics was required as the tenants on both sides are fully operational. All material deliveries, equipment, and crews are staged in the rear of the shopping center.


Allscripts first-generation office fit up in a newly constructed high-rise building. The project included a new cafeteria complete with a full kitchen and seating area. McDonald York provided preconstruction services including preliminary budgeting, design review, and option pricing support, value engineering suggestions and implementation, and CD review budget pricing. The preconstruction deliverables included a fully transparent final GMP estimate and supporting bid comparison information with at least three bidders for each trade.

Shaw University Estey Hall Renovation

This project consists of the renovation of a historic auditorium in the heart of Shaw University’s campus and downtown Raleigh, NC. Work included new interior walls, doors and windows, new carpet, wall coverings, paint, and other finishes to improve the overall appearance of the space. Electrical improvements include the re-lamping of existing lights to LED and the relocation of fire alarm devices to allow for new wall-mounted decorative sconces.