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Engineering & Construction

The state parks system maintains hundreds of millions of dollars’ of assets in facilities and infrastructure.  These include, but are not limited to, modern visitor centers, roads, utility systems, expansive campgrounds, and boating facilities.  The Engineering & Construction Program is responsible for managing the design and construction of all these amenities in the state parks.

The growth of existing and new parks begins with a corps of long-term planners and landscape architects.  Most state parks have master plans, which guide growth and development over the long term as well as general management plans that guide day-to-day operations.  Every potential land acquisition and new facility is scored for priority.  In addition, the Division of Parks and Recreation maintains a system-wide plan, which directs the priorities of the state parks system and is regularly revised.

A team of project managers and engineers oversees the development of new facilities and major renovation of existing facilities.  We coordinate the work of design professionals and construction contractors, managing several projects at any one time.  We meet regularly with park staff, professional designers, and contractors to make sure jobs are on schedule, meet rigid state standards, and can be adjusted to meet park needs.  

All of our positions require post-secondary education and practical experience in design or construction management.  Our jobs offer the satisfaction of building a state park system that will serve for generations.


Jerry Howerton 
Chief of Design and Construction

1615 Mail Service Center
Raleigh, NC 27699-1615

Physical Address:
121 West Jones Street
Raleigh, NC 2760