Built in 1935, the downtown Raleigh Dr. Pepper bottling plant was in operation for nearly 40 years. The building is now undergoing a full historic renovation using historic tax credits.
The new mezzanine structure will connect to the existing second story which once held the bottling offices. The original second story faced Dawson Street and was closed off to the adjoining gable-roofed warehouse space. Now the upper wall between the two spaces has been eliminated and the mezzanine will provide a nice full height connection between the entry level and the upper story.
The building will be restored under the Secretary of Interior's Standards for Rehabilitation and will provide an ADA-accessible entrance, as well as sidewalk improvements to meet the City of Raleigh's standards. The building is currently under construction: the electrical has been stubbed and the slab will soon be poured.
One of the biggest challenges for the team has been matching the unique yellow iron spotted brick. Uncommon in today's construction, this type of brick can be found on historic buildings around downtown Raleigh and across the country.