Advance design planning is currently underway for the Carmichael Addition and Renovation project. Architects of record, CRA, based out of Raleigh, NC and HOK, based out of Kansas City, MO arrived on campus during the last few months and have met with several campus groups and work teams to gather information that will shape the project.
Currently on schedule and within budget, the Carmichael Addition and Renovation project is anticipated to begin construction in the spring of 2018. Creating a centralized hub for recreation and wellness on NC State’s campus, the 80,000 square foot project addresses upgrades to the infrastructure and accessibility deficiencies, originally constructed in 1959. One of the key features to the project is the connection of the Carmichael Gymnasium to the Carmichael Recreation Center, providing access to recreational spaces without having to exit the facilities.
The project integrates several high-profile wellness initiatives into a traditional recreation-focused center. Several highlights include a dedicated wellness space to meet the needs of the university community, complete with an innovative teaching kitchen and more than 20,000 square feet of fitness and functional training space.
Taking inspiration from the recently completed Talley Student Union and William Neal Reynolds Coliseum, the design team considers the new facility as a response and completion to the Cates Avenue “neighborhood.” Elements, such as natural lighting and intentional social areas flow throughout the design.
Preliminary designs also feature the inclusion of an indoor-outdoor, multisurface functional training area on the fourth floor of the building, located on the east side of the complex, complete with views of Reynolds and the Curtis and Jacqueline Dail Softball Stadium.
The design phase is currently slated to continue until November 2017, with initial construction and demolition scheduled for June 2018.