Case Studies


To renovate Watauga Hall, one of the oldest dormitories not only at North Carolina State University but across the state, Riley Contracting had to adhere to a tight deadline during the hot summer months in order to complete the project before students returned for the 2014-2015 academic year. Riley Contracting made numerous HVAC and electrical updates throughout the existing space, and the dorm’s wall coverings, floor coverings and masonry were also brought up to date.

During one of the project’s later phases, the owner decided to install a new domestic hot water heater in the building. When the manufacturer was unable to meet its projected delivery date, Riley Contracting Group volunteered to drive to Florida and pick up the unit so that the project could still be finished on time and within budget. For going above and beyond to ensure that all renovations to Watauga Hall were completed with a high standard of excellence that honored the building’s rich history as part of the university, Riley Contracting Group received a Certificate of Merit from the North Carolina State Building Commission.


WakeMed AHU Replacements:

At WakeMed Raleigh, Riley Contracting Group renovated the existing space and replaced one of the HVAC system’s air handling units (AHU). Complete mechanical replacement was required, providing for new air handling ductwork, as well as electrical and piping work.

WakeMed remained fully operational throughout the duration of the project, which was completed over a three-day weekend and served more than 50,000 square feet of space at the hospital. At Riley Contracting Group, our team follows a time-tested methodology, which provides thorough communication, logistics coordination, and precise project implementation. Our industry experience and dedication to providing quality work without interrupting patient care keeps healthcare clients like WakeMed coming back time after time.


WakeMed Pathology:

At WakeMed Pathology, Riley Contracting Group completed phased interior renovations to 15,000-square feet of lab space. The project was phased in order to allow the existing lab to remain operational during construction. Working with end users and a design team, we worked to minimize the overall impact of the project, while accelerating the overall delivery schedule.

Through the duration of this project, a major constraint was that the operating rooms on the floor above were highly sensitive to noise and vibration. Through solid communication among a dedicated team of highly skilled professionals, Riley Contracting Group was still able to complete this project on time and within budget while adhering to these constraints.



At the WakeMed VISICU, Riley Contracting Group installed remote monitoring equipment in 88 Intensive Care patient rooms. The equipment for each room included a monitoring camera, speaker, alert panic alarms, server and monitor screen. Work was completed over the course of 30 total phases, averaging three rooms per phase.

In addition, 38 patient rooms were completely renovated, to include new ceilings, HVAC distribution, lighting, wall protection, window shades and paint. The entire project was completed in 120 days, and there was not a single infection control violation. This speaks directly to the professionalism and expertise of the Riley Contracting Group team, especially in medical settings. When it comes to building in sensitive, controlled environments, our team comes second to none.


E.S. King Village:

Riley Contracting Group completed renovations of 316 housing units in E.S. King Village, an apartment-style community at North Carolina State University serving the university’s married, graduate and non-traditional students. The development is named for Edward S. King, general secretary of the YMCA from 1919 to 1959 and an advocate of housing for married students returning to the campus under the GI Bill after World War II.

Renovations included new fire protection sprinkler systems, new communication systems, suite interior renovations, and a new forced water main. All apartments remained occupied during the entire construction process.


Blind Industries Services of Maryland:

When Blind Industries Services of Maryland relocated its Raleigh operations to a 95,000-square-foot space, this transition enabled the organization to make a wide range of facility upgrades. This project has increased the employment of visually impaired individuals in the Triangle Area, thereby improving their overall quality of life.

The creation of this facility presented an entirely new set of challenges for the design and construction teams. To guarantee that the final product was compatible with the needs of Blind Industries’ visually impaired employees, Riley Contracting Group took time to understand and implement solutions that would help these individuals thrive in their new work environment. Examples of this include making the workplace tactile in nature and ensuring all necessary tools were within arm’s reach of the workers. Although these may seem like simple modifications, they were part of a thorough planning process.

In addition, the facility required a wide range of updates and installations, including new HVAC rooftop systems, new lighting and electrical systems, an upgraded sprinkler system, reconfigured offices and restrooms, and new finishes throughout the entire facility. In addition, Riley Contracting Group was tasked with rigging and moving all industrial equipment and reinstalling it at the new location.

During the project, there was a need to change superintendents unexpectedly. With the team unavailable due to other on-going projects, Mike Riley, founder of the company, stepped forward and ran the job through completion – another example of the company’s commitment to each client.

At the ribbon cutting ceremony in December 2014, Fredrick Puente, president of Blind Industries, lauded Riley Contracting Group by saying, “Riley Contracting Group does what they say they are going to do, when they say they are going to do it, for they price they say they will do it for.”


Brixx Wood Fired Pizza, Cary:

In September 2015, Riley Contracting Group completed the Brixx Wood Fired Pizza in West Cary’s Bradford Shopping Center. The 3,704-square-foot space was custom built for the popular pizza restaurant. The scope of the project included a new storefront, sliding glass doors, stained concrete floors, thin brick masonry, two bathrooms, a kitchen with complete appliances to include the circular Brixx Wood Fired pizza oven, dining area and bar area, as well as an outdoor patio area overlooking the landscape and fountain at Bradford.

When the lighting manufacturer was unable to deliver the preselected lights on time – one week before the restaurant was due to open – Riley Contracting Group was able to find a suitable temporary replacement just in time for the grand opening. The team installed the new lights during off business hours, enabling Brixx’s business operations to continue unimpeded. As a result of this exceptional work and willingness to go above and beyond to get the job done, Brixx Wood Fired Pizza contracted Riley Contracting Group to also build another restaurant location in Fayetteville, North Carolina.