Wolf Ridge Construction Updates

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Want to stay up-to-date on the construction progress of Wolf Ridge at Centennial? We'll post monthly updates here.

November 2013

Wolf Ridge construction crews were very busy during November wrapping up the finishing touches on Plaza Hall, which is scheduled to open after Winter Break. Crews finished painting and installing carpet, floor tile and cabinets before Thanksgiving Break and will complete a final walk-through and inspections in December.

The next building scheduled to open is Innovation Hall. Currently crews are painting walls and installing kitchen cabinets in each apartment. Innovation Hall should open in February, just before Housing Selection begins. Innovation Hall will be the new home of the Andy and Jane Albright Entrepreneurs Living and Learning Village and the Entrepreneurship Initiative Garage.

After finishing plumbing and lighting in Grove and Valley halls, crews began hanging sheetrock and installing elevators and fire alarm devices. The two remaining buildings will be ready by summer for students to move-in fall 2014.

For students who want to live at Wolf Ridge this spring, University Housing has a limited number of four-bedroom apartments available. To apply:

  • All sophomore students and above are eligible to live at Wolf Ridge.
  • Priority will be given to groups of four students who will fill an entire apartment.
  • If you want to sign-up for an apartment with three friends, email us the name and student ID number of each member of your group by Dec. 2, 2014.

Don't have a group of four (you and three friends) who want to live at Wolf Ridge? No problem! We'll assign you to an apartment with other students who want to live at Wolf Ridge. To sign up without a group:

  • Complete a Room Change Request through MyPack Portal if you currently live on campus. Then email Shannon Plummer-White about your request. The Room Change form will indicate Fall 2013 even though you desire Spring 2014 room assignment.
  • Complete a Housing Application through MyPack Portal if you currently live off campus.

Have questions about living at Wolf Ridge during the spring semester? Email Shannon Plummer-White or call (919) 515-7434 for more information. 

October 2013

During October, construction crews completed bricking and roofing for Grove, Innovation and Valley halls. They also began installing lights, plumbing and tile in the three buildings, scheduled to open fall 2014.

Crews also started cabinet and countertop installations in Plaza Hall apartments and painted walls. Plaza Hall is scheduled to open in January 2014 for the spring semester.

For students who want to live at Wolf Ridge this spring, University Housing has a limited number of four-bedroom apartments available.  To apply, remember that …

  • All sophomore students and above are eligible to live at Wolf Ridge.
  • Priority will be given to groups of four students who will fill an entire apartment.
  • If you want to sign-up for an apartment with three friends, email us the name and student ID number of each member of your group by Dec. 2, 2014.

Don't have a group of four (you and three friends) who want to live at Wolf Ridge? No problem! We'll assign you to an apartment with other students who want to live at Wolf Ridge. To sign up without a group:

  • Complete a Room Change Request through MyPack Portal if you currently live on campus.
  • Complete a Housing Application through MyPack Portal if you currently live off campus.

Have questions about living at Wolf Ridge during the spring semester? Email Shannon Plummer-White or call (919) 515-7434 for more information. 

September 2013

September was a busy month for Wolf Ridge. Construction crews topped out the remaining four buildings: Plaza, Innovation, Grove and Valley halls. Topping out a building means the structure is now at its highest elevation.

Window, plumbing and air conditioning installation is now complete in Plaza Hall, where crews began putting up      drywall and installing floor tile. Once complete, crews will paint both Plaza and Innovation halls.

Brick installation continues on Grove and Valley halls. Crews are also installing the main mechanical systems in these two remaining halls.

The Pack Shop at Wolf Ridge also opened this month. The subsidiary of the NC State Bookstores held a grand opening on Sept. 23. The new shop on Centennial Campus will carry Wolfpack gear and merchandise, including apparel, gifts, school supplies, snacks and convenience store items. All Pack Shop purchases will support students through need-and-merit-based scholarships and financial aid.

“Our students, faculty, staff, alumni and fans on Centennial Campus have NC State purchasing needs,” said Alex Barnett, Marketing and Promotions manager for Campus Enterprises, in a press release. “Pack Shop meets those needs.”

While visiting the Pack Shop, students may also tour the Model Apartment for Wolf Ridge. Tours with Wolf Ridge Ambassadors are available from 11 am - 6 pm Monday through Saturday. Each tour lasts about 45 minutes and can accommodate up to 10 people per group. The tour will show a sample four-bedroom apartment and Wolf Ridge amenities.

To book a tour, make an appointment on the Wolf Ridge Google Calendar. For more information, email Shannon Plummer-White or call (919) 515-1581. Guests taking the Wolf Ridge tour should check in at the Wolf Ridge 24-Hour Service Desk in Tower Hall at least five minutes before the scheduled tour time.

 

August 2013

The first residents of Wolf Ridge moved into Lakeview and Tower halls on August 1. Despite the overcast weather and active construction zone for the remaining four buildings at Wolf Ridge, residents lined up in Tower Hall for a noon check-in.

Brady Ells, a Physics major from New Hampshire, was the first resident to check in at Wolf Ridge. “I chose Wolf Ridge for the convenience,” he said. “It’s near the library and I like having food options on-site. I also expect I’ll be surrounded by other students that are in the same classes and have similar majors.” As a transfer student to NC State, Ells hopes to live at Wolf Ridge for the next three years.

Ells is not the only student hoping to take advantage of Wolf Ridge’s ideal location. Laura Gonzales, a Computer Engineering major originally from Mexico, is also excited about the new housing options on Centennial Campus. “It’s right next to all my classes and the library,” she said. “It’s so convenient."

Anticipation and excitement swelled as students began receiving keys to their  apartments. Sara Russell, a graduate student from Asheville, N.C., brought her whole family to help her move into her new graduate loft on the fifth floor. As she opened the door to her new on-campus apartment, she exclaimed, “This is better than I even expected.” She chose Wolf Ridge at Centennial instead of other housing options, “simply because it’s the best one.”

Some students couldn’t wait until August to check out Wolf Ridge at Centennial. “I’m really excited about moving in,” said Emily Baker, an Electrical Engineering major from Wake Forest. “I’ve been taking summer classes on Centennial Campus so I’ve been watching the progress everyday!”

Even though Baker will graduate from NC State in December, she decided to live at Wolf Ridge for her last semester because of the location and lease options. “I wanted to live in a place that was friendly to mid-year graduates,” she said. “A lot of private apartments won’t allow you out of your lease if you leave mid-year due to graduation. Plus, most of my classes are on Centennial Campus, so it makes it easy.”

Now that Lakeview and Tower halls are complete, construction crews are focusing on Plaza Hall. Window installation is complete, and plumbing and air conditioning installation is underway. Soon, crews will begin putting up drywall throughout the hall.

On August 19, Wolf Ridge officially opened with a Ribbon Cutting ceremony. The festivities kicked off with the ribbon cutting by Chancellor Randy Woodson and University Housing staff members. A reception followed with cupcakes and other goodies. The chancellor also welcomed the first student residents of Centennial Campus to his neighborhood and promised not to invite all 400 students over for cookies at the same time.

The Model Apartment for Wolf Ridge is available for tours with Wolf Ridge Ambassadors. Tours are available from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Each tour lasts about 45 minutes and can accommodate up to 10 people per group. The tour will show a sample four-bedroom apartment and Wolf Ridge amenities. To book a tour, please set an appointment on the Wolf Ridge Google Calendar. For more information, please email Shannon Plummer-White or call (919) 515-1581. Guests taking the Wolf Ridge tour should check in at the Wolf Ridge 24-Hour Service Desk in Tower Hall at least 5 minutes before the scheduled tour time.

July 2013

With only a few weeks until opening, the countdown is on at Wolf Ridge. University Housing is hard at work making sure that Lakeview Hall and Tower Hall will be ready for the first residents on August 1. The first residents may check in at the Tower Hall 24-Hour Service Desk beginning next Thursday, August 1 at noon.

However, before residents move in, University housing is loading and arranging furniture in each room and common space and testing fire alarms. Crews are also finishing tile floors and testing HVAC systems.  Landscaping around the outside of both buildings began this month and site pavers are working to finish up sidewalks and walkways before August 1.

To date, the Centennial Campus Housing Project has worked more than 539, 260 man-hours since the beginning of the project in 2011.  Crews have also recycled about 19 percent of content during the construction of both buildings and reduced waste by 82 percent by using recycled materials.

Campus Enterprises will also open the on-site bookstore, The Pack Shop, on August 5 for Wolf Ridge residents. The new bookstore will carry a combination of snacks, school supplies and branded Wolfpack gear.  Residents may also enjoy the full-service dining facility, On the Oval, on the first floor of Tower Hall beginning August 5. With indoor and outdoor seating for more than 420 people, visitors to On the Oval may choose between four micro-restaurants. Cold Fusion will offer sandwiches, wraps and salads with fresh bread, meats and cheeses. Fahrenheit will provide artisanal pizza with seasonal meats and toppings. Flashpoint will focus on traditional Asian dishes with customizable sauces. Newton’s Grill and Newton’s Diner both will offer a breakfast and traditional diner menu.

University Housing and University Dining will also offer tours of the new sustainable property after residents move in. To learn more about Wolf Ridge’s sustainable features, please visit our interactive map.

June 2013

University Housing is nearing the home stretch for Tower and Lakeview halls with less than 50 days until opening on August 1, 2013. Contractors are finishing painting and installing windows and the finishing touches for each apartment, including kitchen cabinets, tile floors, light fixtures, ceiling fans, carpet and more.

Wolf Ridge at Centennial is beginning to look like the finished product now that the lobbies and lounges are painted and the brick is complete. University Housing has selected the furniture for the common spaces and the individual apartment spaces. Permanent power is also complete and Telecom wiring is underway. Roofing, dry wall and elevator installation is also nearly complete with more than 480,000 man-hours expended on the project so far.

Grounds crews have begun landscaping and constructing sidewalks along the exterior of the buildings and along the interior of the property to accompany the pedestrian path between Engineering Building III and Tower Hall. Trees were planted along Initiative Way and the top of the new parking lot and University Housing is securing bike racks and other outdoor furniture for the green areas surrounding the buildings. 

Campus Enterprises has announced the name of the on-site bookstore: The Pack Shop. The store will carry a combination of snacks, school supplies and branded Wolfpack gear. Wolf Ridge will also have a full-service dining facility, On the Oval, on the first floor of Tower Hall. With indoor and outdoor seating for more than 420 people, residents, faculty, staff, campus partners and visitors to On the Oval can choose between four micro-restaurants. Cold Fusion will offer sandwiches, wraps and salads with fresh bread, meats and cheeses. Fahrenheit will provide artisanal pizza with seasonal meats and toppings. Flashpoint will focus on traditional Asian dishes with customizable sauces. Newton’s Grill and Newton’s Diner both will offer a breakfast and traditional diner menu.

Once the property is complete, University Housing and University Dining will be offering tours. Look for more information on these tours as construction nears completion.

May 2013

With fewer than 90 days until the apartments, Wolf Ridge at Centennial, open on August 1, 2013, plenty of work continues on the inside of Tower and Lakeview Halls. Contractors are busy painting interior walls, installing apartment ceilings, windows, light fixtures, cabinetry, showers, bathroom tile and flooring. Telecom wiring installation also began this month in Tower and Lakeview Halls while interior accent walls for Lakeview lobbies and lounges were recently painted. University Housing is busy selecting furniture for the lobbies, lounges and other common spaces.

The site is a bee hive of activity! More than 480,000 man-hours have been expended on the Wolf Ridge project thus far. The exterior brick for Tower and Lakeview halls is complete. Permanent power is also nearly complete in each building, as well as roofing, elevator and dry wall installation. Soon work will begin on sidewalks between buildings and along the interior of the property to accompany the pedestrian path between Engineering Building III and Tower Hall. Grounds crews recently planted trees along the new road and the top of the new parking lot. University Housing is securing bike racks and other outdoor furniture for the green areas surrounding the buildings.

April 2013

On April 18th, several members of NC State's Inter-Residence Council (IRC) enjoyed a guided hard hat tour of the Wolf Ridge Apartments construction site. Here's a gallery with some of the sights they got to see.

March 2013

The exterior brick and roofing for both Tower and Lakeview Halls is coming to completion. Installation of the glass curtain walls is also complete in Lakeview Hall, but continues in Tower Hall. Inside both buildings elevator installation, window installation and drywall wrapping continues as the individual apartments begin to take shape. Soon crews will begin installing light fixtures, cabinets, flooring and bathroom tiles in each suite.

University Housing is also busy selecting furniture for Wolf Ridge lobbies and other common spaces. We are also securing bike racks and other outdoor furniture for the green areas surrounding the buildings. Construction also began on a new pedestrian path between Engineer Building III and Tower Hall. Grounds crews planted trees along the new road and top of the new parking lot.

University Housing also sampled the new LED lights for the tower outside Tower Hall. The lights will wash the exterior of the building so the tower glows at night. The tower of Tower Hall will eventually link to the light schedule of the Memorial Belltower on main campus, so both will glow red whenever a significant campus event occurs. University Housing is also exploring other lighting options with the LED lights throughout the year. We hope to use a pink light for the tower to show support when NC State celebrates the Hoops for Hope game.

February 2013

This month, nearly all the exterior brick was laid on Lakeview Hall and Tower Hall brick should be complete by March. The roofing on both halls is also nearly complete, while window installation began in Lakeview Hall and elevator installation continued in Tower Hall. The next step for Lakeview Hall is to install drywall so the rooms and suites begin to take shape. Construction also began this month on a new pedestrian path between Engineer Building III and Tower Hall.

January 2013

Exterior brick is now being laid on Tower and Lakeview Halls at Wolf Ridge. You can really see the transformation of the buildings from the second floor of the new Hunt Library. The next big construction focus is elevators and window installation to keep the weather out of the buildings. Before constructing the interior walls with drywall, the buildings must be completely dry. During the next few weeks, grounds crews will also plant trees along the new road and top of the new parking lot. Since the begining of the project, there has been a total of 343,884 man hours worked on Wolf Ridge.

November 2012

Less than a month from the one year groundbreaking anniversary of Wolf Ridge at Centennial, University Housing's Centennial campus apartment project is moving along at a rapid pace. As of late October, Tower and Lakeview halls had topped out, meaning the steel and concrete block is constructed to the top of the buildings. These two structures have reached their final height. The structure of the third building known as Plaza Hall is also nearly complete. While it's obvious from the outside that the project is making headway, what's not visible is how each building is starting to take shape on the inside. Metal wall framing, or the interior walls between bedrooms and bathrooms, is being constructed in Tower and Lakeview halls. In addition to framing the walls, crews are working to finalize electric, plumbing, and HVAC systems in the halls.

October 2012

Wolf Ridge at Centennial, University Housing's Centennial campus apartment project is moving along at a rapid pace. As of late October, Tower and Lakeview halls had topped out, meaning the steel and concrete block is constructed to the top of the buildings. These two structures have reached their final height. The structure of the third building known as Plaza Hall is also nearly complete. "We are moving along as planned, and it's exciting to see this project really start to take shape," said Facilities Manager Pete Fraccaroli. During the next 30 days, crews will begin to lay the brick veneer on the outside of the buildings and begin roofing activities.

While it's obvious from the outside that the project is making headway, what's not visible is how each building is starting to take shape on the inside. Metal wall framing, or the interior walls between bedrooms and bathrooms, is being constructed in Tower and Lakeview halls. In addition to framing the walls, crews are working to finalize electric, plumbing, and HVAC systems in the halls. Overall, the project is on track, and it's exciting to see the progress.

September 2012

Wolf Ridge at Centennial is quickly taking shape. As of late September, all the site utilities had been installed including water, sewer, storm drainage, power, and more. In addition, all the building slabs have been poured and we are "going vertical" with steel and concrete on all six buildings. In the two buildings opening fall 2013, Tower Hall and Lakeview Hall, we have started framing interior walls and installing plumbing and HVAC. "We're really happy with the progress so far," said Pete Fraccaroli, facilities manager for University Housing. "We've got great contractors and architects and the project is moving along on schedule." By the end of November, we anticipate completing the skeletons of the two primary buildings.