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EPA Fortress Gets New Look

By Eddy Ball
May 2007

The EPA building
Until mid-April, from some perspectives, the building looked almost the way it had for thirty years. (Photo by Eddy Ball)

a swing excavator near the EPA building
A Case swing excavator can crawl over almost anything with its tank-like tracks and demolish steel-reinforced brick walls with ease. (Photo courtesy of Steve McCaw)

a window inside the EPA building
Everyone likes an office with a view, but this is not quite what most people have in mind. (Photo courtesy of Steve McCaw)

NIEHS veterans with at least seven years service will remember well the old headquarters of the EPA at the corner of Alexander and NC 54. Prior to the construction of the new facility across the lake from NIEHS, the EPA building, fondly known as the "Fortress," was the RTP headquarters for the agency. When the new building opened, EPA employees at the Fortress and at the agency's Durham offices relocated to the new facility.

Workers on-site weren't certain about the ultimate fate of the property, but one thing is sure: the imposing edifice is undergoing some big changes.

a swing excavator loading debris
Construction dust rises as the excavator loads debris into dump trucks for removal. (Photo courtesy of Steve McCaw)

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