A light-colored federal building, showcasing multi-pane windows and a raised entryway adorned with decorative concrete bollards, stands just beyond a red brick road bordered by palm trees. In the center of the building's outdoor promenade, an American flag stands taller than the building, waving in the breeze.

Alton Lennon Federal Building and U.S. Courthouse

Federal restoration

Project Facts

Location Wilmington, North Carolina
Owner U.S. General Services Administration
Size 60,000 SF
Cost $44 million
Status Completed 2022


With a rich history, the Alton Lennon Federal Building and Courthouse in Wilmington, North Carolina, stands as a historic landmark and Federal architectural icon. When Hurricane Florence struck in 2018, causing extensive damage, our team was selected due to our expertise in both historic restoration and federal projects. From conducting initial assessments to providing design review services, we successfully led the project to ensure future preservation of this historic landmark.

About the project

The Alton Lennon Federal Building and Courthouse, listed on the National Register of Historic Places Landmarks, stands as a Federal building and courthouse in Wilmington, North Carolina. Designed by Architect James A. Wetmore and constructed between 1916 and 1919, it boasts an imposing three-story, light sandstone facade.

Severely affected by Hurricane Florence in September 2018, the building faced significant damage, particularly as the loss of power during the storm facilitated mold growth in the hot and humid climate. Our team was appointed to conduct an initial assessment for repairs, and subsequently, the client entrusted us with design review services for the building envelope throughout the design process—from concept to delivery. Leveraging our expertise from similar federal projects, we provided crucial input during the early stages of design.