The Novus


Samet Corporation


Austin Lawrence Partners


Project Size

28,289 cubic yards

Project Location

Durham, NC

Lithko Location

Scope of work:

Foundations, grade beams, columns, slab on grade, elevated post tension slabs.


The Novus, slated for its grand debut in 2025, represents the latest addition to Durham’s downtown landscape, courtesy of Austin Lawrence Partners’ esteemed project development team. Nestled at the bustling intersection of Main St. and Morris St., on the outskirts of the downtown loop, The Novus promises a lavish residential experience, boasting 54 luxury condominiums, 188 apartments, and over 20,000 square feet of prime retail space. Lithko’s involvement in this ambitious venture encompassed a wide array of tasks, including foundations, grade beams, columns, slab on grade, and the construction of 29 stories of elevated PT slabs.

Distinguished by its exceptional features, this 27-story marvel includes a striking 12-foot cantilevered slab at L28, a meticulously crafted cast-in-place swimming pool vault on L7, and an impressive 6-day floor cycle. To streamline construction operations, our team opted for the innovative Peri Skytable system for the elevated decks, complemented by the Peri ACS self-climbing system, effectively minimizing reliance on the tower crane—a critical consideration given its limited availability throughout the project’s duration.

Challenges posed by the project’s downtown locale, compounded by the concurrent presence of numerous trade partners on-site, necessitated meticulous planning and resource management. Leveraging the capabilities of our 4 outriggers, pre-tying vertical reinforcement off-site, and implementing a strategic crane prioritization system for material delivery, our team adeptly navigated logistical hurdles, ensuring the seamless flow of materials to support project progress.


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