Rodanthe home collapse becomes a national (even international) story

By on May 29, 2024

The headlines blared from Raleigh, NC to Washington D.C. and from Bismarck, North Dakota to Sydney, Australia.

“Another Outer Banks house collapses into the ocean, the latest such incident along NC coast,” said USA Today.

“Another NC beach house just fell into the ocean. Others may follow,” warned the Washington Post.

“Another house collapses into ocean on notorious stretch of US coastline,” declared 9News in Australia with an ominous description of the Rodanthe oceanfront.

The word “another” showed up frequently in stories after, for the sixth time in the past four years, a Rodanthe oceanfront home crumbled into the ocean, this time in the early morning hours on Tuesday, May 28. The Island Free Press reported that the home was uninhabitable and had not been occupied for at least two years, according to local residents.

The problem of endangered oceanfront homes due to sea level rise and beach erosion in Rodanthe has been simmering, and sometimes on the front burner, for some time. There have been public meetings, the creation of a Threatened Oceanfront Structures Interagency Work Group and perhaps most notably, the National Park Service purchased two endangered homes in Rodanthe and demolished them last November.

Little wonder then, that the recurring home collapses on the Outer Banks have become a national and even international story, one often used to illustrate the threats posed by coastal erosion and rising seas.

The outpouring of media coverage of this week’s Rodanthe home collapse meant some busy times for Mike Barber, the Public Affairs officer for the National Parks Service, who said that numerous “regional media outlets…reached out to me,” and a little further afield, the Washington Post wanted an interview as well.

“I’m surprised to hear [the story] went to Australia, but these things do get picked up,” he added. Still, he says that the May 28, 2024 house collapse coverage did not measure up to the “biggest media event,” which occurred on May 10, 2022 when two oceanfront houses collapsed in one day. During that week, Barber recalls fielding about 75 different media inquiries.

Stories with widespread coverage that don’t exactly put the Outer Banks in a favorable light can potentially impact tourism. In an email to the Voice, Outer Banks Visitors Bureau Executive Director Lee Nettles said, “it’s impossible to gauge the real impact on tourism, but the coverage will naturally cause concern and prompt questions from some visitors. So far, at least, our phone room has not been receiving those calls.”



Barnhill Building Group has been selected as the Construction Manager @ Risk by the College of the Albemarle and is seeking to pre-qualify construction trade contractors to submit bids for the furnishing labor, materials, equipment, and tools for the new College of The Albemarle – Allied Health Sciences Simulation Lab (COA Health Sciences) located in Elizabeth City, NC. Please note: Only subcontractors who have been prequalified by Barnhill will be able to submit a Bid.

The project consists of the new construction of a 38,000-sf, 2-story expansion to the existing Owens Health Sciences Center and will house classrooms, labs, and a simulation lab. The site is just over just over 4.5 acres and is located on an active campus. This new construction will be a steel structure with a brick and metal panel veneer, curtainwall, and storefront glazing with a PVC roof membrane.

Principal trade and specialty contractors are solicited for the following Bid Packages:

BP0100: General Trades

BP0105: Final Cleaning

BP0390: Turnkey Concrete

BP0400: Turnkey Masonry

BP0500: Structural Steel & Misc. Steel

BP0740: Roofing

BP0750: Metal Panels

BP0790: Caulking / Caulking

BP0800: Turnkey Doors/Frames/Hardware

BP0840: Glass & Glazing

BP0925: Drywall

BP0960: Resilient Flooring

BP0980: Acoustical Ceilings

BP0990: Painting & Wallcovering

BP1005: Toilet Specialties / Accessories / Division 10

BP1010: Signage

BP1098: Demountable Partitions

BP1230: Finish Carpentry and Casework

BP1250: Window Treatment

BP1400: Elevators

BP2100: Fire Protection

BP2200: Plumbing

BP2300: HVAC

BP2600: Turnkey Electrical

BP3100: Turnkey Sitework

BP3290: Landscaping

Packages may be added and/or deleted at the discretion of the Construction Manager. Historically underutilized business firms are encouraged to complete participation submittals.

HUB/MWBE OUTREACH MEETING: Barnhill Building Group will be conducting a HUB/MWBE Informational Session. You are encouraged to attend the following session to learn more about project participation opportunities available to you. These seminars will help to: Learn about project and scope; Inform and train Minority/HUB contractors in preparation for bidding this project; Assist in registration on the State of North Carolina Vendor link; Stimulate opportunities for Networking with other firms. Location and time TBD. Please visit our planroom at for more information.

Interested contractors should submit their completed prequalification submittals, by July 22, 2024, to Meredith Terrell at or hardcopies can be mailed to Barnhill Contracting Company PO Box 31765 Raleigh, NC 27622 (4325 Pleasant Valley Road, NC 27612).



  • Steve Johnson

    Ocean front rentals are personal businesses, be honest, the IRS classifies them as such and the owners get tax breaks to improve them offsetting their real expenses. So why are we paying for their liabilities when their business has a disaster? If those were commercial properties (another classified IRS business), environmental laws would hold the owners responsible for cleanup, not the public. So there you go, just the facts.

    Tuesday, Jun 4 @ 7:37 am
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