Tryon Palace North Carolina History CenterNew Bern, North Carolina

ColeJenest & Stone provided civil engineering services for the award-winning 60,000 SF visitors center for historic Tryon Palace. Located in downtown New Bern, on a 5.4-acre site with a magnificent view of the Trent River, the project is designed to fit comfortably into the neighborhood surrounding the palace. The center provides a drop-off area with 90 parking spaces and uses a boardwalk for access to the spectacular riverfront.

The site is located at the former Barbour Boat Works, which operated as a boat manufacturing and repair facility from 1932 to 1997. The site was listed as a Superfund site in 1989 due to the presence of heavy metals in the soils. Subsequent investigations revealed the site was also impacted by volatile and semi-volatile organic compounds in the groundwater.

Site engineering included staking, layout, erosion control, stormwater management and utilities design. The project established high sustainability goals and is LEED Certified. The firm’s work included coordination and permitting with CAMA, the North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural Resources, the City of New Bern and other agencies related to development of this environmental sensitive site with direct access to the Trent River.