• Centennial Begins New Year with Strong Momentum

    Centennial Campus plans to carry over the momentum it built up in 2010 into the New Year by adding new partners, starting construction on several projects and expanding the innovation and research services the university offers to spinout and startup companies.

    “We think 2011 is going to be a banner year for Centennial Campus,” said Dennis Kekas, associate vice chancellor of the Centennial Campus Partnerships. “Inquiries about joining us on campus continue to be strong and we’re very excited about the research and development work that’s being done by our current partners. This is an exciting time for Centennial.”

    Below is a list of some of the projects and activities currently under way at Centennial:

    * Currently at near capacity, Centennial is looking to expand available space by partnering with private developers to add new buildings. The latest facility moving forward is Alliance Center I.  The 150,000-square-foot office complex, which also includes a parking deck, is currently in the planning and architectural design stage. Once constructed, the building will be located at the corner of Varsity and Main Campus Drives.

    * Another building project expected to get underway in late 2011 is the conference center and hotel. Located across the street from the Lonnie Poole Golf Course and next to Lake Raleigh, this privately developed and managed facility will provide hotel and conference accommodations for area professionals. The project is currently in the pre-construction phase and is expected to be completed in 2013.

    * Several buildings will be opening in 2011. Chief among them is the Randall B. Terry, Jr. Companion Animal Center building on the Centennial Biomedical Campus.  Expected to be a national model for excellence in companion animal medicine, the Terry Center will offer cutting-edge technologies for imaging, cardiac care, cancer treatments, internal medicine, and surgery and will more than double the size of the current companion animal hospital. It will help accommodate the more than 20,000 cases referred to the College of Veterinary Medicine each year.

    * Also opening in 2011 on Centennial Campus will be “The Point,” the new Chancellor’s residence. Financed by private gifts, the 8,500-square-foot building will include a “public” section for large receptions and events and a private residence area on the second floor.

    * Another important project that will dramatically change the landscape of Centennial Campus continues to develop as it moves towards completion in 2012 – the James B. Hunt, Jr. Library. This technologically advanced library will anchor the Centennial Campus' academic Oval and will serve primarily engineering, textiles, and other science students. The building will also be the home of the Institute for Emerging Issues (IEI), a public policy, think-and-do tank that convenes leaders from business, nonprofit organizations, government, and higher education to tackle some of the biggest issues facing North Carolina's future growth and prosperity.

    An important development for Centennial is the addition of student housing. Currently in the planning stage, the complex will be modeled after another student housing location on main campus and will include 1,190 beds. The complex will also house university dining services. In the interim, a temporary dining facility is being constructed on Centennial and will be open for business in April.*

    * Centennial also hopes a private developer begins construction in 2011 on rental housing units that will complement the townhouses that are currently located on the research campus.

    * While development projects continue moving forward, Centennial leaders are busy putting more resources in place that will benefit spinout and startup companies. These plans include NC State’s new innovation “hub,” called the Springboard Partnership Portal, which will play a key role in facilitating business partnerships and speeding up the pipeline through which research becomes reality. The aim of the Springboard portal is to create a “one-stop shop” for researchers who want to find collaborators or market their inventions, businesses looking for creative solutions, and faculty, staff, and students who want entrepreneurial training. According to Dr. Terri Lomax, vice chancellor of research and innovation, Springboard will play a vital role in helping NC State support the North Carolina economy.

    * Current partners on Centennial continue to collaborate with university researchers in creative ways to advance business and organizational goals. One of the top business schools in France SKEMA (School of Knowledge Economy and Management) is leasing space on Centennial Campus so it can begin teaching classes in January. This is the school’s first program in the United States and they chose NC State because of its close proximity to Research Triangle Park and the robust business climate in the Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill area. The French school will offer several undergraduate and graduate business programs and is working with NC State’s College of Management.

    * The Biomanufacturing Training and Education Center (BTEC) continues to attract world-class attention as it provides biomanufacturing training to students and industry. The one-of-a-kind facility will use a new grant from the U.S. Department of Human Services to train vaccine manufactures from across the globe to use best production practices to help prevent pandemic viral outbreaks.

    * The FREEDM Systems Center, the only National Science Foundation-funded center to focus exclusively on green grid research, continues to march ahead with breakthrough scientific discovery. The goal of the center is to find new ways to create a “distributed energy” network of electrical power in which energy flows in two directions – from houses and businesses to the electric power company and back. The Center recently installed solar panels on the roof of the Keystone Science Center, where FREEDM is located, so that it can integrate alternative technologies, such as solar, into the current grid and conduct experiments. The Center is also conducting tests on improved batteries for electric cars and solid-state transformers.


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