June 27, 2019

North Carolina Central University officially broke ground on June 26, 2019 for the construction of two new residence halls and a 100,230 square-foot student center, each designed to support student success on the growing campus.

University leaders joined construction and design partners, as well as faculty, staff and students to witness the ceremonial shovels deployed at three separate construction sites.

The two new residence halls – Chidley South and George Street – will expand residential capacity at NCCU by 1,274 beds in semi-suite and apartment-style units. The Chidley South and George Street accommodations are scheduled to open in 2020. An additional residential hall, Lawson Street Residential Hall, is projected for completion in 2021.

The residential buildings were designed by Vines Architecture of Raleigh and are being developed through a public-private partnership, known as a P3. Private partners include Corvias, a company that specializes in development through partnerships with government and higher education organizations, and Metcon, a minority-owned construction firm founded in Pembroke, North Carolina. 

“Through this partnership, we are proud to provide resilient, modern living spaces for the North Carolina Central University student community,” said John Picerne, chief executive officer of Corvias. “We are even more proud that our partnership provides for reinvestments throughout the next 40 years so future NCCU students receive like-new buildings, eliminating the challenges around escalating deferred maintenance costs.”

“These modern facilities will provide students with innovative living and learning environments that are on par with the excellent classroom education they already receive at NCCU,” said NCCU Chancellor Johnson O. Akinleye.

(photo by Chioke Brown)

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