NC State’s new chancellor residence will be located on Centennial Campus, near the Park Alumni Center. The university will use gifts donated specifically for the construction to finance the $3 million project, which is scheduled to be complete in fall 2011.
The lower level of the residence – about 5,400 square feet – will be the “public” portion of the house, where larger receptions and other events will be held. The roughly 3,100-square-foot second floor will be the living quarters. Solar panels and geothermal heating and cooling and sustainable materials are included in the design.
NC State College of Design Dean Marvin Malecha, FAIA, led the design effort.
“Throughout this process, we wanted this structure to represent NC State, as well as the state of North Carolina,” he said. “We wanted it to not only be beautiful and adaptable to the ways it will be used, but also be built using sustainable practices. The design is meant to be modern, and not be rooted in a particular time or era. Our new chancellor residence should reflect our land-grant ideals. It will be approachable, yet will have the proper level of dignity.”
The project has also been referred to by Malecha as a “mini-stimulus” for North Carolina, in that it will use North Carolina products and create jobs for people across the state.
The current chancellor residence, located a few yards east the intersection of Pullen Road and Hillsborough Street, is more than 80 years old. The lack of parking space and adequate entertaining spaces for even small gatherings prompted consideration of a new house about five years ago.
In early part of the past decade, there was considerable interest in the potential preservation of the old growth forest located on the western side of Centennial Campus – to the west of the site where the chancellor’s residence is now being constructed. In May 2005, a report was issued by a group of students, faculty and staff at NC State endorsing the notion of preserving this property, but locating the newly planned chancellor residence along the eastern edge. The concept was that the residence would underscore the significance of the parcel.
Consistent with this report, the 2007 update of the NC State Master Plan adopted the concept by eliminating more than a million square feet of development formerly planned within the proposed Lake Raleigh Woods boundary and including a site for the chancellor residence along the eastern boundary. The decision, like others made in regular updates of the NC State Master Plan, was made by the campus community-at-large through a series of workshops and open meetings.