Moore Square was founded in the early 1800’s and was originally designed to serve as a common public grounds area in the heart of Raleigh. Bordered by Person, Blount, Hargett and Martin streets, the 4 acre block is subdivided into four, one acre lots and has remained a mostly grassy area with groves of oak trees and walking paths that criss-cross the square.
The City of Raleigh embarked on a revitalization project to breathe new life into the common park area that serves as a gathering space to the rapidly growing City. As part of the renovations to the square it was redesigned to include a new pavilion that will serve as a multi-purpose building with a cafe and public restrooms, a new civic plaza, a play area, new landscaping, a jet water feature, new pedestrian walkways and gathering spaces, sidewalk improvements, integrated public art, and lighting.
F&R provided construction materials testing and special inspections services in support of the revitalization project to Moore Square. Testing services associated with construction activities included: soils; reinforced cast-in-place concrete; foundation bearing grade evaluation; foundation and utility line backfill; wood construction; masonry; and structural steel.
In addition, F&R provided soil subgrade repair recommendations in problem areas while being mindful of the historical heritage associated with the large oak trees scattered throughout the site.