• James B. Hunt, Jr. Library Opens on Centennial

     Perhaps the most exciting and important piece of property on Centennial Campus in a number of years opened its doors for the first time on January 2nd -- the James B. Hunt, Jr. Library. 

    Designed by Oslo-based architectural firm Snohetta and executive architects Pearce Brinkley Cease + Lee, the 207,000 square-foot building stands as a concrete example of the crossroads between technology and education. Built to be a stimulus for innovative thinking and collaboration, the facility boasts an automated book retrieval system called bookBot, and nearly 100 available rooms for students, faculty and Centennial partners to use for individual study or group projects, including a Research Commons, Graduate Commons, Skyline Reading Room, Creativity Studio and a Teaching and Visualization Lab. In addition to the basics, such as wireless connectivity and flexible, easy acces to electrical power, the environment in the libary is filled with virtual browing, video-conferenceing, online room scheduling, collaborative projection, whiteboards, video walls, and technology-enabled furniture. 

    The cost of the library and nearby parking deck was approximately $116 million. It was named after one of North Carolina's most popular governors and also holds the Institute for Emerging Issues, a "think-and-do" tank, which is dedicated to stimulating discussion on a variety of topics, including healthcare, creativity, and advanced manufacturing. 

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