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  • Centennial Campus Celebrates "Topping Out" of Hunt Library









    The James B. Hunt, Jr. Library, currently under construction on Centennial Campus, celebrated a milestone with a "topping out" ceremony. The event marks the completion of the steel frame of the new 139,000-square foot building, which is scheduled to open in 2012.


    "This is an important milestone for Centennial Campus," said Mike Harwood, associate vice chancellor. "When it's completed the Hunt Library is going to be front and center of Centennial Campus's ongoing commitment to foster collaboration and innovation among students, faculty and industry. The building is literally going to change the landscape and provide new excitement to the campus for years to come."


    Raleigh-based Pearce Brinkley Cease + Lee are the architects for the project, with world-renown architectural firm SnØhetta as the lead designer. The construction company Skanska is overseeing development. The facility is being financed by NC state legislature and private donations. 


    When completed, the Hunt Library will anchor Centennial Campus's academic oval that includes buildings housing the College of Engineering. The building will also offer dramatic views of the Raleigh skyline to the east and Lake Raleigh to the south. The primary users of the library will include faculty, students and staff of the College of Textiles, The College of Engineering, and portions of the hard sciences and veterinary programs.


    The building will also be home to the Institute for Emerging Issues, a public policy "think-and-do" tank that brings together leaders from businesses, nonprofit organizations and higher education to tackle some of the biggest issues facing North Carolina's future growth and prosperity.


    The Hunt Library is being designed to take advantage of the latest technology, including a state-of-the-art Automated Book Delivery System (ABDS). Using a bar code system, the two million volume of books will be sorted and stored in a specially controlled warehouse in the library. A robotic arm will retrieve books and materials within minutes of a request and deliver the materials to a service point. The retrieval system is expected to save space normally reserved for traditional shelving, thereby freeing space towards technology-rich study and collaboration spaces.


    The building will also include wireless connectivity, video conferencing, online scheduling, collaborative projection, whiteboards, video walls and technology-enabled furniture.


    The NCSU Libraries has a long tradition of building the learning spaces that move students to do their best work and in cultivating the technologies that encourage student learning,” noted Susan K. Nutter, vice provost and director of the NCSU Libraries.  “The ‘topping out’ ceremony is a great chance for us to thank the people on site who are making the next step in this tradition a reality.”  


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