Top 5 stories of 2022 – WithersRavenel

Learning, growing, adapting: top 5 stories of 2022

Learning, growing, adapting: top 5 stories of 2022

While this year heralded the return of many in-person educational and networking events, that did not mean saying goodbye to digital content. Timely, informative, and actionable resources are the goal of WithersRavenel’s news, social media channels, newsletters, and webinars. Below are the top 5 most read stories from 2022, reflecting your interest in learning more about the AEC industry, celebrating the growth of our communities, and looking for ways to adapt to changing economic and social needs.

1. Industrial 101: what is the industrial asset class and how is it changing?

Of the major asset classes—office, retail, multifamily, hospitality, and industrial—flex and industrial buildings operate most behind the scenes. That said, for most of us, industrial assets might have a greater impact on our daily lives than any other. With the help of three local real estate developers, Business Development Representative Jed Byrne covers what industrial space is, why it is important, key development and investment factors, the state of the market, and more.

Are you looking for industrial development services? Have questions about an upcoming project? Talk to Jason Bertoncino at (919) 535-5174 or

2. Glenaire expansion rises to meet continuing care needs

For the past 70 years, The Presbyterian Homes, Inc. has been on a mission to “serve seniors in meaningful ways,” and for the past 27 years, Tim Webster has helped lead the team that carries out that mission every day. Jed Byrne sat down with Tim, President of The Presbyterian Homes, Inc., to learn more about how the expansion of Glenaire in Cary, North Carolina, helps them carry out that mission.

For more information about our long history working with Glenaire, reach out to Tucker McKenzie at (919) 238-0334 or For other continuing care retirement community (CCRC) questions, contact Daryl Riggins at (919) 238-0306 or

3. Capeton offers pristine views of waterfront, future of Harnett County

Greenfield Communities Capeton is bringing single- and multi-family homes, retail, and special event space to the Cape Fear River waterfront in the Town of Lillington, NC. The 800-acre property is slated to offer traditional one- and two-story homes, townhouses, apartments, and cottages. WithersRavenel Director of Planning, Brendie Vega, is assisting with the zoning and entitlement process for the development with the Town of Lillington.

For rezoning and entitlement assistance on your next land development project, contact Brendie Vega at (919) 535-5212 or

4. Duffyfield neighborhood turns a community liability into a park

Flooding has long been a problem for portions of the Duffyfield community in New Bern. When the City decided to team with WithersRavenel to address its flooding issues with a constructed wetland, an opportunity to transform the approximately 5-acre area into something even greater emerged: a community park.

Interested in WithersRavenel’s Parks & Recreation and Landscape Architecture services? Contact Parks and Recreation Director Brian Starkey at (919) 238-0305 or

5. Hayes Barton Place and designing for aging populations

As life expectancy rises, the need to design for aging populations becomes increasingly apparent. This need is made even more acute as more households come to depend on two adult income-earners, leaving fewer people able to care for elderly family members. Hayes Barton Place, a new Life Plan Community, offers a glimpse into how planners and engineers are designing more options for seniors.

To put WithersRavenel’s talented planning and landscape architecture professionals to work for you, contact Landscape Architecture Manager Daniel Whatley at (919) 238-0312 or

We anticipate that 2023 will demand even more proactive asset management, thought leadership in planning and design, and sensitivity to the human and environmental contexts of development projects. You can expect that we will continue to deliver insightful articles into these important topics.