NC State staff, students and campus partners gathered December 1 to celebrate the groundbreaking of University Housing's Centennial Campus Apartments project.
Scheduled to open fall 2013, the $129 million, 550,446 square-foot facility will feature 1,200 bed spaces; on-site bookstore and dining options; a state-of-the-art fitness room; and the Entrepreneurial Village – the latest NC State Living and Learning Village program.
"When I think about this project, it brings to life the true vision of Centennial Campus – to be a true living and learning community, and a community of scholars," said NC State Chancellor Randy Woodson. "We're very, very excited about the scope of this project, and when you combine it with the Hunt Library, we've invested over $240 million in space that will truly be transformative in the lives of our students."
The initial concept for the project dates back to a 2002 study by the Task Force of Living and Learning at NC State that determined Centennial Campus should host student housing. Now, nine years later, that vision has become a reality.
"We've been waiting for this day a long time," said Tim Luckadoo, associate vice chancellor, Student Affairs. "This is a project that has taken years to develop and come up with a concept that would create a hub of activity for this campus."
The facility's apartments will house upper-division students, and will feature a dedicated area of loft-style apartments for graduate students. Once completed, the project will bring the total number of students living on campus at NC State to more than 10,000 residents.
"About $9 million of the project's budget is devoted to a multi-functional dining operation that will be unlike anything else on this campus, and will serve students, staff, partners and visitors," said Luckadoo. "We are very passionate about, and proud of, this effort and its potential to transform this campus."
For more information about the Centennial Campus Apartments project, visit our Wolf Ridge Apartments page.