Centennial Campus is North Carolina State University's vision of the future. This "technopolis" consists of multi-disciplinary R&D neighborhoods, with university, corporate, and government facilities intertwined. A middle school, residential housing, executive conference center and hotel, golf course, town center and recreational amenities will weave the campus into a true interactive community. The unique master plan for this environmentally sensitive, mixed-use, academic village responds to the professional, educational and recreational needs of the University's faculty, staff and student body, as well as those of corporate and government affiliates whose presence on Centennial Campus adds to its vigor and effectiveness.
The Association of University Research Parks (AURP) named Centennial Campus at North Carolina State University as the year's Outstanding Research Science Park at the recent AURP 2007 Annual Awards Luncheon in St. Louis. Centennial Campus was selected from among finalists that included bwtech@UMBC Research and Technology Park in Baltimore, Maryland, and Sandia Science and Technology Park in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
Centennial Campus at NC State is a true community - with researchers, students, faculty and partners working together to solve real-world problems. But that sense of community extends beyond the walls of a few office buildings, including providing public access to walking trails, a lake, and a championship golf course. The campus also hosts numerous community and fundraising events, and it's one of the few research campuses in the country to have residential units on campus. Centennial Campus is also part of the larger Raleigh and Triangle community, which has consistently been rated as one of the best places to work and live.
NC State seeks nothing less than to create the best learning and collaborative space in the country. The Hunt Library will be a beautiful and inspiring signature building that embodies the essence of Centennial Campus as a community built around knowledge. This iconic building will be a vibrant intellectual and social forum for the campus community, showcasing the latest technologies and research achievements of the university. The timeless aspects of the library's mission as a gateway to the world's knowledge will be reflected in the building's design-forming a dynamic environment that brings diverse people and disciplines together and enables interaction, innovation, and the creation of new, nontraditional partnerships.
In November 2007, NC State University selected the firm Snøhetta as the lead architect for the project. An appropriation by the North Carolina General Assembly in July 2007 gave NC State the approval to move forward on programming and site analysis, including determining the needs of library users and extending roads and utilities to the building site. The design is expected to be completed in 2010, with construction completed in late 2012.
Snøhetta, who takes their name from a mountain peak in Norway, is an integrated landscape, interior, and architectural practice based in Oslo, Norway, and New York, NY. Since its formation in Norway in 1989, Snøhetta has won numerous international awards and recently ranked 15th in the world of architectural practices. Snøhetta has gained international acclaim for projects ranging from the Bibliotheca Alexandria in Egypt, which was reopened for the first time in nearly 2000 years, and the Norwegian Embassy in Berlin to the national opera house in Oslo and the Cultural Center at Ground Zero in Manhattan. Academic buildings in the firm's portfolio include arts centers at Bowling Green State University in Ohio and Queen's University in Canada. Snøhetta looks to maintain a relationship between landscape and architecture as well as keeping the site and context of each project unique and provide a point of departure for the design.
Centennial Campus is home to many companies all of which have many interactions with various departments across campus. The Electrical and Computer Engineering department is certainly no exception. Among the many companies we have interactions with, here is a list of a few key companies.
Our 90-acre lake serves as a public boating and fishing spot and is free and open to the public from sun up to sun down. Lake Raleigh is home to a variety of fish, including largemouth bass and catfish. A boat ramp allows launching of canoes, kayaks and any other watercraft not powered by gasoline.
Nestled among Centennial's 1,000 acres, NC State will house its first championship golf course. The Lonnie Poole Golf Course will be an Arnold Palmer Signature Course with an 18-hole, 6,915-yard, par 71 public course, with practice range and green. It will also include a research center and clubhouse. Centennial Campus companies will have the luxury of using the golf course for both business and leisure with just a short walk from their office to the course. Currently in the fundraising phase, gift and naming opportunities still exist for this world-class golf course and teaching facility.
Opened in 2000, the Centennial Campus Magnet Middle School is a collaboration between the Wake County Public School System and NC State University to create the model mathematics, science and technology school. Serving 600 students, the school's mission is to "create an exemplary educational community of young adolescents and adults who learn by actively discovering, integrating and applying knowledge in a dynamic global and technological environment." Located in the southwest portion of the campus, the middle school provides educational enrichment opportunities for our partner companies and students. To visit their website, go to ccms.wcpss.net.
Small business and start-up companies are instrumental to the economic development of Centennial Campus, the City of Raleigh and the state of North Carolina. Centennial is committed to fostering new business through its Technology Incubator, offering innovative services and support for North Carolina's next generation of entrepreneurs. To visit their website, go to tecincubator.ncsu.edu