A collaborative effort that included site selection, master planning and advance planning expands NCSSM’s Durham-based mission in a new location to inspire talented young North Carolinians to pursue studies in science, technology, engineering and math. The involvement of NCSSM’s Core Planning Team, The Friday Institute for Educational Innovation, the Development Finance Initiative at the UNC School of Government, a historic restoration specialist, and NCSSM Faculty, Staff and Students culminated in the approval of the next phase of design for new and renovated spaces for academic programs, student life facilities, a library, administration offices and other support functions.
NCSSM-Morganton will occupy a ridgeline with panoramic views to open spaces and the mountains beyond, solidifying the institution’s connection to its surroundings, which were a source of great inspiration in the planning process. An “Academic Street” follows the length of the ridge to organize activity and movement throughout campus. New and historic buildings are aligned to preserve views and shape outdoor spaces. Courtyards and quads offer room to relax as well as rich environments for learning. The development of environmental science studies and partnerships with regional businesses, advanced manufacturers, and neighboring academic institutions will further expand offerings at the school.
Morganton, North Carolina
62-acre site 151,400 sf new construction 49,300 sf Academic Commons 73,500 sf Residence Hall 28,600 sf Student Wellness & Activity Center 93,300 sf renovation