NCSU Libraries

Centennial Campus

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.

1970s

1970s

NCSU research centers

NCSU developed research centers (precursors to Centennial Campus project) to encourage government and private funding for university.

1980s

12/19/1984

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.

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Centennial Campus established
2/1985

450 acres allocated

An additional 450 acres was allocated from the State Farm Operations Commission by Governor Jim Martin's administration.

7/1985

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.

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Request approved for Master Plan
9/1985

Carley Capital Group selected

NCSU Board of Trustees selected Carley Capital Group as the Master Planner/Development Adviser to project.

1986

AURRP charter

NCSU helped charter the Association of University Related Research Parks (AURRP).

12/1986

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.

1/1987

Research I Building

After a site had been selected in Nov. 1986, ground-breaking began the following Jan.

1/1987

Land Use Master Plan approved

UNC Board of Governors approved Land Use Master Plan.

1987

College of Textiles vote against move

Faculty and administration of the College of Textiles voted unanimously against moving to Centennial Campus.

4/1987

2.5 acres of land purchased

The NCSU Endowment Board of Trustees purchased a 2.5 acre parcel of land from UNC-Greensboro.

5/1987

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.

6/1987

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.

1988

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).

4/1988

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.

5/1988

College of Textiles construction began

Ground was broken for the College of Textiles complex, an estimated $31 million.

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College of Textiles construction began
6/1988

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.

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Engineering Graduate Research Center
7/1988

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.

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Claude E. McKinney
8-9/1988

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.”

10/1988

75 acres purchased

NCSU Endowment Board of Trustees purchased 75 acres of land from the Catholic Diocese of Raleigh.

12/1988

2.1 acres purchased

The NCSU Endowment Board of Trustees purchased 2.1 acres of land from Eastman Development.

4/1989

Centennial Campus Management Team dissolved

The Centennial Campus Management team was dissolved as the project grew.

1990s

1990s

Centennial began to market to incubator companies

2/1990

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.

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Ground broken for Research Building II
3/1990

Centennial Parkway approved

Centennial Parkway was approved by NCSU, NC Department of Agriculture, NC Department of Transportation, DCH, and NC Department of Human Resources.

4/1990

Environmental Impact Assessment approved

The Environmental Impact Assessment was approved by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources.

5/1990

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.

12/1990

Construction on ABB building

After a site had been chosen in June, construction on the ABB building began in Dec.

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Construction on ABB building
1991

Research I Building completed

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Research I Building completed
1991

College of Textiles dedicated

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College of Textiles dedicated
4/1991

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.

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ABB became first corporate tenant at Centennial Campus.
4/1992

Property annexed

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.

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Dedication of ABB’s 70,000-sq. ft. Transmission Technology Institute.
9/1992

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

2/1993

Construction of Research Building III

After the site had been chosen in Apr. 1992, construction on the building began in Feb. 1993.

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Construction of Research Building III
11/1993

University bonds approved

$310 million in university bonds were approved by North Carolina voters; $35 million earmarked for NCSU’s Engineering Graduate Research Center.

12/1993

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.

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National Weather Service office established
5/1994

Centennial Parkway included in Governor Hunt’s Transportation 2001 Plan

8/1994

Construction of $35 million Engineering Graduate Research Center begins

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Construction of $35 million Engineering Graduate Research Center begins
9/1994

Dedication of Research Building III

After staff had moved in during Jan., the building was dedicated in Sept.

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Dedication of Research Building III
10/1994

Centennial Campus 10-Year Celebration

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Centennial Campus 10-Year Celebration
6/1995

Research Building IV construction began

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Research Building IV construction began
8/10/1996

Staff move in to Research Building IV

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Staff move in to Research Building IV
11/1996

First departments from College of Engineering move to Centennial Campus

1/1997

Partners Building 1

After construction had begun in Aug. 1995, staff moved into the building in January 1997.

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Partners Building 1
1/1997

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

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Engineering Graduate Research Center dedicated
1999

Partners Building II completed

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Partners Building II completed

2000s

Fall 2000

Centennial Magnet Middle School

After construction had begun in 1997, the Centennial Magnet Middle School opened in Aug. 2000.

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Centennial Magnet Middle School
2004

Partners Building III completed

2004

Engineering Building I completed

This building was funded through the Bonds for Education program.

2004

20th Anniversary History

A history of the first 20 years of Centennial Campus was commissioned by the Centennial Campus Partnership Office.

2005

Monteith Engineering Research Center

The Engineering Graduate Research Center was renamed after Larry Monteith, chancellor of NC State from 1989 to 1998.

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Monteith Engineering Research Center
2005

Engineering Building II completed

This building was funded through the Bonds for Education program.

11/2005

William and Ida Friday Institute for Educational Innovation

After being established in 2003, the Friday Institute moved into its new facility in Nov. 2005

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William and Ida Friday Institute for Educational Innovation
11/01/2007

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)

7/31/2009

Lonnie Poole Golf Course opened

Poole was founder of Waste Industries USA, and he contributed $3 million to the project.

10/23/2009

Hunt Library groundbreaking

A groundbreaking ceremony initiated construction of the James B. Hunt Jr. Library.

2010s

9/15/2010

Engineering Building III dedicated

This building was built with 80 labs and 2 wind tunnels, and it had the first green roof o Centennial Campus.

2011

The Point completed

The new chancellor's residence replaced the one on Hillsborough Street, which then became the Gregg Museum.

04/2011

Innovation Cafe opens

The Innovation Cafe provides Engineering and Textiles students with a new eating option.

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Innovation Cafe opens
4/3/2013

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."

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Hunt Library dedicated
4/19/2013

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.

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Poulton Innovation Center