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Its been a busy summer at New City! Lots of new projects, vacations, and trips. In addition to all of our work in progress, Adam Harker, AIA, and his wife Anza gave birth to a baby girl, Ava on July 12. Welcome to the world, Ava!  Meanwhile, back at the office...

Morgan Street Food Hall Now Open!

Morgan Street Food Hall in Downtown Raleigh’s Warehouse District is open at last! On track to reign as the Triangle’s premier eating destination, the 20,000 square foot venue is home to 21 businesses, almost 400 employees, and indoor seating for 350 guests. What’s there, you ask? ABC-11 has provided what you need to know and more about the foodie talent assembled by Niall Hanley of Hibernian Hospitality Company. New City was delighted to work with the renowned Hibernian team for the past two-plus years to design the vendor spaces, overcoming numerous construction challenges along the way to make the Food Hall vision a reality.
Check out this quickie Twitter video and make plans to visit soon!

Wake Competition Center Update

The highly anticipated Wake Competition Center, a 30-acre multi-sports complex located between Aviation Parkway and Airport Boulevard in Morrisville, recently held an Open House to update athletes and sports enthusiasts on its progress. New City is proud to be an integral part of the project, which upon completion will include a dual ice hockey complex, an indoor eight-court volleyball building, a gymnastics center, an athletic lab, and two full-size/lighted turf soccer fields. The first building, a 50,000 square foot volleyball facility, is currently underway, with the gymnastics center next in line for construction. In addition to potentially serving as the Hurricanes practice facility, the center is bidding to host a national figure skating event in 2020. The project is scheduled to open in Fall 2019. Stay tuned for more news on this exciting facility!

New City Toasts to Three New Duke Dining Venues

New City, LeChase Construction and Duke Dining spent a hectic summer readying three new concepts for the fall semester.
Sazón, a Latin grill opened to great acclaim in the Broadhead Center. Using hand-painted Mexican tile, and a logo custom-designed by New City, the new venue offers an authentic Latin flair and has been extremely popular since its opening day.
Red Mango, a smoothie bar and fresh sandwich shop, opened in a brand new build-out in Wilson Gym on West Campus. Owner Steve Mosh says the volume of business has been "fantastic". Red Mango’s clean, upscale look has drawn students and staff from surrounding athletic buildings and offices alike.

Beyù Blue, fronting the Student Activities Quad in the Bryan Center, is the brainchild of Duke graduate Dorian Bolden, who was pleased to partner with New City Firm Principal and fellow Duke grad Ted Van Dyk on the design of the space. The premium coffee, baked goods and snack shop fuels the campus morning through night.

to Robert Coffey and Aris Martin of Duke Dining, Duke FMD Project Manager Steve Carrow, Denny Mangum and Zack Gibson of Le
Chase Construction, and all of the vendors and team members who worked together to pull off this trio of hits for Duke’s West Campus.

New City Welcomes Crawlers

Mark your calendar to visit New City on the first Friday evening in October during the Archtober Firm Crawl! Sponsored by the American Institute of Architects Triangle (AIAT), this kid-friendly event on 10/5 will take place from 6 – 9 PM, the same hours as the First Friday Gallery Walk. Children will have special areas set up for sketch/build fun at each location, and walkers who visit at least five of the 12 firms on the tour can enter a drawing for raffle prizes. New City invites you to crawl on over for snacks and cold beverages while meeting our staff, checking out current projects, and enjoying New City Hospitality! Our address is 1304 Hillsborough Street in Raleigh.

Downtown Raleigh’s Tonbo Ramen Gets Thumbs Up from N&O

Tonbo Ramen, the two-floor Japanese ramen bar/izakaya designed by New City, is located at 211 S. Wilmington Street in a renovated 100 year-old building that previously served as a tailor shop. According to food critic Greg Cox in a recent News & Observer review, “Transforming the space into a restaurant with an urban-rustic decor while preserving elements of the historic building’s character, the owners have set a mood that’s at once austere and cozy — just right for this distinctly American take on Japanese culture.”
Mr. Cox continues: “As a tribute to the history of the building that is now home to Tonbo Ramen, the owners refurbished the original door to the tailor shop, as well as that of a second-floor dentist, and incorporated them into the decor. At first the doors may strike you as out of place, but as you begin to appreciate the combination of ramen bar and izakaya under one roof — a modern take on two traditional concepts — the doors make perfect sense. Like the tonkotsu broth, they grow on you.”
Thanks Greg. Poke bowl and sake, anyone?

Shout Outs to New City Employees

Ryan Whitley
Ryan has worked on numerous projects during his nearly three years with New City. Far and away the greatest challenge, and one that he met with determination and aplomb, has been Morgan Street Food Hall, with its 24 separate vendors. The Food Hall’s success is in large measure thanks to Ryan’s tenacity and hard work.
With a 2015 Bachelor of Architecture degree from NC State, Ryan worked for a geotechnical engineering firm while in school. He has a passion for collaborative and sustainable design and a strong interest and skill set in 3D modeling and graphic representation. When not working or studying for his licensing exams, Ryan can usually be found adventuring outdoors or at a live concert.

Stephanie Rubendall

Stephanie has been instrumental in her role on the Duke/New City team. Her renderings and interiors have informed Sazón, Red Mango, and Beyù Blue, as well as other notable projects.
Stephanie is a graduate of High Point University with a degree in Interior Design. Since joining our team four years ago, she has utilized her passion for design, color, and interiors to influence a broad variety of projects. When she is not working, Stephanie enjoys 3D modeling and attending music events.


Peter Wentz
Peter has served as project designer on numerous Duke/New City projects this year. The success of several new dining venues, including Sazón, Red Mango, and Beyù Blue, have been due largely to his methodical, careful work. Peter has also served as project designer on the new Student Center building currently under development at Duke’s Marine Sciences Lab.
Peter graduated from NC State in 2011 with a Master of Architecture degree, and worked at several local firms prior to joining New City in 2016. He is currently working on obtaining his architectural license. Outside of the office, Peter is an avid fan of ultimate Frisbee, crossword puzzles, and podcasts.

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