This timeline was originally created by Paige Meszaros in 2004 for the Centennial Campus 20th Anniversary. It has been subsequently updated by NCSU Libraries staff.
NCSU research centers
NCSU developed research centers (precursors to Centennial Campus project) to encourage government and private funding for university.
Governor James B. Hunt give series of speeches
Governor James B. Hunt gives series of speeches about the importance of state funding for biotechnology, microelectronics, and a school of textiles for NCSU.
Centennial Campus established
North Carolina Governor (and NC State alumnus) James B. Hunt, Jr., alloted the initial 355-acre parcel of land for the university's Centennial Campus. The land had previously been part of the Dorothea Dix hospital.
450 acres allocated
An additional 450 acres was allocated from the State Farm Operations Commission by Governor Jim Martin's administration.
Request approved for Master Plan
UNC Board of Governors approved the request of NCSU Board of Trustees for permission to hire a firm to develop a Master Plan for the new property.
Carley Capital Group selected
NCSU Board of Trustees selected Carley Capital Group as the Master Planner/Development Adviser to project.
NCSU helped charter the Association of University Related Research Parks (AURRP).
1.4 acre lot purchased
A 1.4 acre lot (formerly site of H.B. Harris house) was purchased by NCSU Endowment Board of Trustees for Centennial Campus.
Research I Building
After a site had been selected in Nov. 1986, ground-breaking began the following Jan.
Land Use Master Plan approved
UNC Board of Governors approved Land Use Master Plan.
College of Textiles vote against move
Faculty and administration of the College of Textiles voted unanimously against moving to Centennial Campus.
2.5 acres of land purchased
The NCSU Endowment Board of Trustees purchased a 2.5 acre parcel of land from UNC-Greensboro.
118.9 acres reallocated
Land totaling 118.9 acres was exchanged with the North Carolina Department of Agriculture and reallocated by the Council of State.
Formal review of Master Plan
The Governor and Council of State conducted a formal review of the Master Plan for the Centennial Campus. Both parties unanimously approved and adopted the plan.
Additional 75 acres purchased
An additional 75 acres was purchased by the NCSU Endowment fund from the Catholic Diocese of Raleigh for $7.5 million (other small purchases and land trades eventually raise total to 1,000 acres).
First Permanent Centennial Campus building
In Feb. staff first occupied the Precision Engineering Center in Research I, the first Centennial Campus building, In Apr. the building was dedicated.
College of Textiles construction began
Ground was broken for the College of Textiles complex, an estimated $31 million.
Engineering Graduate Research Center
After a site had been selected in Apr., the design contract and document for the Center was then approved in June.
Claude E. McKinney
Claude E. McKinney left his post as Dean of the School of Design at NCSU and became the Special Assistant to the Chancellor for the Development of Centennial Campus.
Phase 1 Master Plan and Open Space Recreation Plan
The Raleigh City Council and N.C. Council of State rezoned Centennial Campus as a “mixed-use thoroughfare district.”
75 acres purchased
NCSU Endowment Board of Trustees purchased 75 acres of land from the Catholic Diocese of Raleigh.
2.1 acres purchased
The NCSU Endowment Board of Trustees purchased 2.1 acres of land from Eastman Development.
Centennial Campus Management Team dissolved
The Centennial Campus Management team was dissolved as the project grew.
- 1990s Centennial began to market to incubator companies
Ground broken for Research Building II
After a site had been selected in Nov. 1988, ground was broken for Research Building II in Feb. 1990.
Centennial Parkway approved
Centennial Parkway was approved by NCSU, NC Department of Agriculture, NC Department of Transportation, DCH, and NC Department of Human Resources.
Environmental Impact Assessment approved
The Environmental Impact Assessment was approved by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources.
ABB letter of intent
Asea Brown Boveri (ABB) Power Transmission Technology Institute submitted a letter of intent to NCSU.
- 8/1990 Wolfline adjusted its routes to include Centennial Campus.
Construction on ABB building
After a site had been chosen in June, construction on the ABB building began in Dec.
- 1991 Research I Building completed
- 1991 College of Textiles dedicated
Forecast Office in Research Building III confirmed
National Weather Service confirmed the lease contract with Centennial Campus for new Forecast Office in Research Building III.
- 7/1991 ABB became first corporate tenant at Centennial Campus.
The city of Raleigh annexed part of the Centennial Campus property and the adjoining Trailwood Knoll neighborhood in order to comply with new zoning needs.
- 6/1992 Dedication of ABB’s 70,000-sq. ft. Transmission Technology Institute.
May 1, 1992
Alumni Centennial Gateway dedicated
At the corner of Western Boulevard and Gorman Street, the Alumni Centennial Gateway is a steel wall 18 feet high and 128 feet long, marking the entrance to the western part of campus.
New Master Plan
Chancellor Larry Monteith ordered development of a new Master Plan in the face of slower than expected growth.
- 11/1992 Site chosen for Centennial Campus electrical substation
Construction of Research Building III
After the site had been chosen in Apr. 1992, construction on the building began in Feb. 1993.
University bonds approved
$310 million in university bonds were approved by North Carolina voters; $35 million earmarked for NCSU’s Engineering Graduate Research Center.
National Weather Service office established
The National Weather Service established a Forecast Office in Research Building III and became the first government partner at Centennial Campus.
Textile Protection and Comfort Center established
The Textile Protection and Comfort Center, within the College of Textiles on Centennial Campus, provides a facility for testing the performance of various textile materials
- 5/1994 Centennial Parkway included in Governor Hunt’s Transportation 2001 Plan
- 8/1994 Construction of $35 million Engineering Graduate Research Center begins
Dedication of Research Building III
After staff had moved in during Jan., the building was dedicated in Sept.
- 10/1994 Centennial Campus 10-Year Celebration
- 6/1995 Research Building IV construction began
Constructed Facilities Laboratory building opens
Department laboratory space expands to occupy part of the Constructed Facilities Laboratory on Centennial Campus. The laboratory became a hub of collaboration between the Civil Engineering department and private and government entities, to develop and evaluate the performance of new products and innovative structural systems. The facility included an environmental chamber used to test large-scale structural components subjected to severe environmental conditions, ... More
- 8/10/1996 Staff move in to Research Building IV
- 11/1996 First departments from College of Engineering move to Centennial Campus
Partners Building 1
After construction had begun in Aug. 1995, staff moved into the building in January 1997.
Centennial Parkway opened
The 1.9 miles Centennial Parkway access road opened at a cost of approximately $5 million.
- 2/1997 Construction of Partners Building II begun
- 1998 Engineering Graduate Research Center dedicated
- 1999 Partners Building II completed
Centennial Magnet Middle School
After construction had begun in 1997, the Centennial Magnet Middle School opened in Aug. 2000.
- 2004 Partners Building III completed
Engineering Building I completed
This building was funded through the Bonds for Education program.
20th Anniversary History
A history of the first 20 years of Centennial Campus was commissioned by the Centennial Campus Partnership Office.
Monteith Engineering Research Center renamed
The Engineering Graduate Research Center was renamed after Larry Monteith, chancellor of NC State from 1989 to 1998.
Engineering Building II completed
This building was funded through the Bonds for Education program.
William and Ida Friday Institute for Educational Innovation
After being established in 2003, the Friday Institute moved into its new facility in Nov. 2005
Park Alumni Center
The Dorothy and Roy Park Alumni Center opened on the southern shore of Lake Raleigh
The Golden LEAF Biomanufacturing Training and Education Center (BTEC) was established on Centennial Campus. The facility allows for simulation of biopharmaceutical products and packaging in a sterile environment.
Centennial Campus named top Research Science Park of the Year
Centennial Campus was named top Research Science Park by the Association of University Research Science Parks (AURP)
Keystone Science Center built
The Center, originally called the Centennial Science Center, houses the FREEDM Center, as well as office and lab space. It is on Centennial Campus.
Lonnie Poole Golf Course opened
Poole was founder of Waste Industries USA, and he contributed $3 million to the project.
Hunt Library groundbreaking
A groundbreaking ceremony initiated construction of the James B. Hunt Jr. Library.
Engineering Building III dedicated
This building was built with 80 labs and 2 wind tunnels, and it had the first green roof on Centennial Campus.
The Point completed
The new chancellor's residence replaced the one on Hillsborough Street, which then became the Gregg Museum.
Innovation Cafe opens
The Innovation Cafe provides Engineering and Textiles students with a new eating option.
Hunt Library dedicated
The library was named in honor of former four-term N.C. Gov. and NC State alumnus James B. Hunt Jr. The Hunt Library won the American Institute of Architects and the American Library Association Building Award. It was featured in Architecture magazine, and Time magazine called it the "library of the future."
Research Building I renamed Poulton Innovation Center
Research Building I was renamed after Bruce Poulton, 10th chancellor of NC State (1982-1989). The university had acquired Centennial Campus during his term in office.