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Groundbreaking Ceremonies Signal Progress at NCCU


Community will celebrate new student center and residential halls

North Carolina Central University will celebrate its forthcoming student center and three new residential halls with groundbreaking ceremonies beginning at 11 a.m., on Wednesday, June 26, 2019.

The $47 million state-of-the-art Student Center, which will be housed at the corner of Nelson and Fayetteville streets, will replace the Alfonso Elder Student Union, which was built in 1928 and serves as the oldest student center in the University of North Carolina System. Designed jointly by Duda Paine Architects and O’Brien Atkins Associates of Durham, and MHTN Architects of Salt Lake City, the center is expected to be open in 2021.

The three new residential halls – Chidley South, Lawson Street and George Street –  constructed through a public-private partnership, will add a total of 1,247 new beds in a semi-suite and apartment-style units to accommodate the growing demand of space and recent requirement that all freshman live on campus. 

Chidley South and George Street residential halls are scheduled to open in 2020. Lawson Street Residential Hall is expected to be completed along with the Student Center in 2021. The residential halls were designed by Vines Architecture of Raleigh.


Site of Future Chidley South Residential Hall

Wednesday, June 26, 2019, 11 a.m.

884 E. Lawson St.

Durham, NC 22707

Media Parking: Chidley North Lot, northeast corner of Alston Avenue and E. Lawson Street                                  


Site of Future George Street Residence Hall

Wednesday, June 26, 2019, 11:30 a.m.

649 George St.                                

Durham, NC 27707

Media Parking: Onsite parking available


Site of Future Student Center

Wednesday, June 26, 2019, 12 p.m.

507 Nelson St.

Durham, NC 27707

Media Parking: Onsite parking available



Johnson Akinleye, Ph.D., NCCU chancellor

George Hamilton, NCCU Board of Trustees chairman

Senior leadership from Corvias, NCCU P3 project developer

Senior leadership from Balfour Beatty, NCCU Student Center construction manager at risk


PHOTO/VIDEO OPPORTUNITIES: Renderings of forthcoming Student Center and residential halls; current progress of capital projects; ceremonial dig at site of capital projects

Published: Wednesday, June 19, 2019
by Director of Marketing and Communications, Quiana M Shepard
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