North Carolina's Campus Community Design By Duda Paine Architects
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campus community design

North Carolina Central University Student Union

This new center will serve as home for NCCU’s diverse student body, replacing the existing Alphonso Elder Student Union and providing much needed space for the campus community to come together. Located along the campus’s historical street frontage, the new facility will act as a symbol of welcome and identity for the university, while also linking the campus and its neighborhood. The design’s angled and permeable form opens the center’s activities to all at NCCU and in the surrounding community.


Program elements include a multipurpose ‘Vent Space,’ Career Services, Student Engagement and Leadership (SEAL), Department of Diversity and Inclusion, LGBTA Center, Women’s Center, Men’s Center, Gaming Center, a Welcome Center, and the Student Senate Chamber, plus 4 dining venues, a café, study, meeting, computer and socializing spaces as well as offices for student services, government, organizations and administration. Flexible spaces for events, conferencing, banquets and an auditorium scaled to accommodate the entire freshman class will serve all types of campus gatherings. A multipurpose ballroom and proscenium theater hybrid space will host a variety of performances and events. Open greenspaces and plazas will merge outdoor and interior activities. The design and function of the new center promises to redefine the student experience at NC Central University for generations, bringing together the campus community and furthering NCCU’s strong tradition of teaching, research and service.


NCCU’s Student Union is estimated to be completed in Spring 2021.





Durham, North Carolina


100,230 sf


LEED Silver (Targeted)