New Construction Begins at NCSU Centennial Campus

Raleigh Based Developer & Architect Team Will Lead the Project

Construction has begun on a newbuilding at North Carolina State University’s Centennial Campus for what will be the new Center for Technology and Innovation (CTI). The project startedin 2014 as an RFP for developer lead teams to complete a feasibility study to build a hybrid office, manufacturing, and research facility.It will house a new space for the Nonwovens Institute(NWI). The new building will be LEED Silver,featuring a parking deck with covered access to the first and second floor lobbies, approximately 60,000 square feet of office space and 40,000 square feet of industrial space. Theuniversity selectedlocal developer Keystone Corporation, in partnership with HagersmithDesign, a downtown Raleigh based architecture, landscape architecture and interior design firm,to lead the design and construction for the new building.

CTI brings together some of the brightest minds in science and technology, a perfect fit on a campus filled with research and innovation, ranking among the best in the US. The development on Centennial Campus is working toward their goal of leading global innovation and to become a “self-sustained city” that cultivates a range of developing technology, from smart grid development to advanced transportation.

One of the project challenges was the steep slope of the building site, which posed a threat to the project. The result of the study found that the approximately 40,000 square feet of high bay industrial space needed by NCSU’s NWI could actually be built into the side of the steep slope and that the additional two stories of office/lab space could then be placed above. The project is located adjacent to the current College of Textiles on Centennial Campus. The building is slated to finish in the Winter of 2016.

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“This project started with a seemingly impossible set of design parameters. Pair a tough sloping site with a complicated program and you get a project that has been extremely challenging for all members of the team. It is very rewarding to see this project begin to take shape on the site.”

Bryan Gibson, RA – Project Architect – HagerSmith Design


HagerSmith Design:
Keystone Corporation

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