Talley Student Union is undergoing the final phase of its $120 million renovation and expansion. Tim Hogan, North Carolina State University’s director of student centers, said students should anticipate Phase II opening during spring 2015 if construction continues on schedule.
Phase II includes a new four-story, sky-lit atrium featuring a louvered wood art installation, a video wall facing the exterior Stafford Commons, a new bookstore, renovation of the 800-set Stewart Theatre, and additional food venues.
Over the summer, students should expect several completed projects, including the East Stairs, the main exit near Reynolds Coliseum. “The monumental stairs in the main atrium are to be installed later in the summer,” Hogan said. “These stairs are the main stairs in the four-story, open atrium space in the middle of the building. These stairs are open and visible throughout the main area of the building.”
New student organization areas intended to house the 600-plus student organizations on campus should be available for use next semester as well as a completed Technology Tower. “The Technology Tower is designed to be an iconic structure on central campus that symbolizes N.C. State’s strong commitment to the STEM disciplines,” Hogan said. “Not only will it house an elevator, but will eventually receive the bridge over the railroad tracks from Broughton Hall to Talley Student Union.”
The impressive renovation project is targeting LEED Silver certification according to Turan Duda of Duda/Paine Architects, and many of the designs have been collected from N.C. State students. “The design reflects and enhances today’s intersection of traditional academic boundaries and social activity inherent in student life and fuels the creative energy that occurs when students connect,” Duda stated.
Upon completion of Phase II, the bookstore, offices, meeting rooms, and lounges that are currently located in Harrelson Hall will be relocated to Talley Student Union.
“Our Wolfpack family will be happy with what they see!” Hogan said.