• k-12 education

    k-12 education

    The Learning Forum at the Cedar Ridge High School Classroom Addition
  • recreation + wellness

    recreation + wellness

    Carmichael Wellness Center
  • higher education

    higher education

    LaRose Student Commons
  • civic + municipal

    civic + municipal

    Apex Electric Operations Center
  • sports + recreation

    sports + recreation

    Koman Indoor Practice Facility and Fetzer Stadium Reconstruction

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CRA Associates, Inc. offers in-house services in programming, architecture, interior design, civil engineering, and construction administration.  Our firm has been locally owned and operated in Chapel Hill, North Carolina for over fifty-nine years.  Founded as Construction Engineers, Inc. in 1965, the firm grew and diversified to become Hakan/Corley and Associates in 1975. Since 2015, the firm is CRA Associates, Inc. and is being led by a new generation of professionals that maintain the high standards of design excellence and service. Our staff members are experienced in their respective fields and are adept at coordinating supporting disciplines – such as structural, mechanical, electrical, plumbing, fire protection, acoustics, security, voice/data networks, landscaping and interior design. We successfully integrate the architectural and engineering disciplines to realize one primary goal – designing a facility that meets the client’s needs, schedule, and budget – while creating architecture that inspires. The firm’s work in the early years focused on commercial projects, working with local developers to deliver office buildings, hotels and shopping venues to serve the expanding population at that time. The design commission for the Dean E. Smith Center at UNC was a watershed event in the history of the firm. Completed in 1986, that project laid the groundwork for a strong resume of collegiate athletic projects throughout the State of North Carolina. The firm takes great pride in our work for the University of North Carolina system, including athletic and recreation facilities that contribute greatly to the quality of student life on campus. The firm began leading the effort toward the design of sustainable facilities in the early 1990s. Our designs for high-performance schools, municipal and county government facilities reflect the sensitivity to sustainable building practices that has evolved over time in each community in which we work. Extensive use of natural day-lighting, rainwater collection and reuse systems, solar thermal and P.V. panel systems are integrated into all our public work projects. Serving the needs of our clients with integrity for over five decades, our clear commitment to their satisfaction keeps them coming back with new and exciting projects. Our firm is proud of our accomplishments to this point and is looking forward to success in the future.

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CRA has provided architectural and engineering services for clients throughout North Carolina and the Southeast for over 50 years.

We are proud of our past projects, which have covered a wide range of cost, size and complexity, for our clients in the educational, commercial, institutional, recreational and sports markets. We are also proud of the fact that a majority of our current work comes from repeat clients who recognize the value and service that we bring to their organizations. Today, the firm is being led by a new generation of highly-qualified professionals that maintain the high standards of design excellence and superior service. Click below to learn more about CRA.


Creative problem-solving is what we do at CRA.

Our in-house services includes master planning, programming, architecture, interior design, civil engineering and site development, and construction administration. Our staff is highly experienced in their respective fields and are adept at coordinating work with supporting engineering disciplines. We integrate architecture and engineering to realize one goal: designing a facility that meets, and hopefully exceeds, our client's needs, schedule and budget, while creating architecture that inspires. Click below to lean more about our services and how we can serve you.

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100 Europa Drive, #565, Chapel Hill, NC 27517

(919) 401-8586