Carmichael Addition & Renovation Project

Carmichael Addition Rendering

Since 1961, the Carmichael Gymnasium has served the recreation, fitness and wellness needs of the Wolfpack community. This storied space has evolved with an expansion in 1987, the Recreation Center addition in 2007, renovation of locker rooms and fitness areas in 2016, and upcoming Addition & Renovation Project.

Project Goals

  • Creates centralized hub of recreation and wellness for campus
  • Provides much needed fitness space. Specific spaces include additional fitness centers (informal strength and conditioning), functional training space, performance studios specifically designed for TRX®, cycling, personal training and small group training and multipurpose spaces.
  • Creates new recreation space that may include: state-of-the-art climbing wall dedicated for recreational use, wellness outreach center, teaching kitchen, etc. Specific elements will be determined through student input and feedback during design phase (Fall 2016 and Spring 2017).
  • Connects Gym and Recreation Center to create one primary entrance
  • Addresses more than $7.5 million of deferred maintenance project and failing infrastructure
  • Addresses significant health, safety and code deficiencies, including ADA accessibility

Project Overview

The project demolishes the existing 48,000 sq. ft. Carmichael administration building and constructs an approximately 82,800 sq. ft. addition. The addition will house student recreation spaces that may include: fitness, functional training, wellness resources, rock wall, teaching kitchen, etc. Specific elements will be determined through student input and feedback during design phase (Fall 2016 and Spring 2017).

The program spaces within the Carmichael Complex are not sized appropriately to support the current or projected growth for recreational spaces. In addition, the existing building does not comply with accessibility or electrical system requirements and contains asbestos. The addition will also require renovations to approximately 1,000 sq. ft. of adjacent Carmichael Gym facility for accessibility and connectivity. The project relocates an existing campus steam line and includes a new fire suppression alarm system and sprinklers throughout the existing Gym.


Facility Features

82,823 sq. ft | $45 million project
Responsive image 8,000 sq. ft. Functional Training Area
Responsive image 12,000 sq. ft. Fitness Center Space
Responsive image New recreation spaces that may include: rock wall, wellness outreach center, teaching kitchen, fitness centers, etc.*
Responsive image Small Group/Personal Training Space
Responsive image Multipurpose Rooms (replace existing)
Responsive image Storage and Administrative (replace existing)
Responsive image Carmichael Gym Code & Infrastructure Upgrades

*Specific program elements will be determined via student input during design phase (Fall 2016 and Spring 2017).


Advanced Planning Open Forums

Throughout the advanced planning process (Fall 2016 and Spring 2017), architects will present programming updates and site analysis progress to the University community for continued dialogue and feedback. Here are the dates and times for these open forums:

Date Time Location
Thursday, December 15, 2016 12:30 – 2:00 P.M. Carmichael Recreation Center Playzone, Room 1601
Wednesday, January 11, 2017 1:30 – 3:00 P.M. Carmichael Gym, Room 2015
Thursday, February 9, 2017 1:30 – 3:00 P.M. Carmichael Recreation Center Playzone, Room 1601
Thursday, April 13, 2017 12:30 – 2:00 P.M. Carmichael Recreation Center Playzone, Room 1601

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Visioning Sessions & Carmichael BIG IDEAS Survey

On November 9, 2016 NC State and the project architects hosted four visioning sessions with students, faculty, staff, and others to solicit ideas and feedback about the Carmichael Addition & Renovation Project. You can find presentation materials and themes of the sessions here.

In advance of the visioning sessions, the Carmichael BIG IDEAS survey was shared to more than 10,000 students, faculty, staff, alumni, retirees, and more to solicit additional ideas and feedback. The executive summary of results can be found here.


Student Voices Shaping the Project – How We Got Here

In Spring 2015, NC State hired HOK Architects, a leading collegiate recreation and wellness architecture firm to review, verify and update the project space planning assumptions and student needs.

During this study, University Recreation (UREC) informed, engaged and invited the campus community to participate in project visioning sessions facilitated by the architects in February 2015. UREC staff presented the project to Student Senate, President Round Table, University Graduate Student Association, Inter-Residence Council, UREC Advisory Board and other student leadership organizations requesting their participation and feedback in visioning sessions. Through these sessions and meetings with campus stakeholders renderings and project funding options were developed.

Click here for complete HOK Carmichael Complex Addition & Renovation Study.

Visioning – Spring 2015
  • The Carmichael Addition & Renovation project will shape the future of wellness and wellbeing on campus by unifying, celebrating, and inspiring active lifestyles of NC State students, faculty, and staff.
  • The success of the project begins with a clear primary entry that is inviting and inspiring. It must strive to unify the fitness space, increase visual access to destinations, and amplify street presence. The solution must be accessible, sensible, smart, sensitive to student fees and attentive to student safety.
Recreation and Wellness Survey – Spring 2015

The NASPA Recreation and Wellness benchmark survey was administered to 7,500 NC State students (20% response rate) in February 2015.

  • 92% of students identified that improved recreation and fitness facilities are a “medium to high” priority in the next 5-10 years at NC State University
  • 71% of students determined that it would be “moderately to very helpful” towards their personal well-being to have access to health and wellness resources in one location (e.g., nutrition, physical activity, counseling services, career, financial)

View the complete 2015 Recreation and Wellness Survey results.


Renderings from 2015 HOK Study

Please note that the images presented here are conceptual, not finalized designs.


Financial Strategy

Throughout the master planning process, it is important to develop a strategy that minimized the financial impact of all facility projects on student fees.

The Addition & Renovation Project capital debt fee will be implemented Fall 2016 when the $45 per year Recreation Center capital debt fee is paid in full. The new $92.50 per year fee will result in an increase of $47.50 in Carmichael capital debt fees to fund the project.

In the Fall 2015, University Recreation and student leaders worked collaboratively to prepare a formal recommendation to the Fee Review Committee.

On September 30, 2015, the Student Government Senate passed the Carmichael Addition and Renovation Fee Act supporting the indebtedness fee of $92.50 ($47.50 increase) that will fund the 82,823 sq. ft. project starting 2016-17. The support of the indebtedness fee is contingent upon the Division of Academic & Student Affairs agreeing to the following:

  • Students will be involved in every step of the planning and completion of the Carmichael Addition and Renovation project
  • Reductions in the cost of the project due to changing interest rates, fundraising efforts, reduction of project scope, or any other reason will be passed on to student in the form of the reduction of the student fee for the remainder of the fee’s term
  • The cost of membership for non-student members of Carmichael Complex is increased to equal the cost of student fees, including indebtedness fees, paid to University Recreation once the project is completed

The indebtedness fee of $92.50 ($47.50 increase) to fund the 82,823 sq. ft. project was presented to the Fee Review Committee in October 2015.


How Does the Plan Become a Reality

September 2015 Student leaders, University Recreation staff and University administrators worked collaboratively to examine, debate and recommend the best approach to proceed with the project and related indebtedness fee.
September 30, 2015 Student Government passed resolution to support the indebtedness fee of $92.50 ($47.50 increase) to fund the 82,823 sq. ft. project.
October 13, 2015 Student Government and University Recreation leaders presented the project to the Fee Review Committee. Fee Review Committee unanimously voted to approve the project as proposed by Student Senate resolution.
November 12, 2015 Chancellor Woodson and Fee Review Committee recommendation presented to NC State Board of Trustees University Affairs Committee for consideration.
November 13, 2015 NC State Board of Trustees unanimously approved project and made recommendation to the University of North Carolina Board of Governors (BOG) for consideration.
January 21, 2016 Chancellor Woodson presented project to BOG Committee on Budget and Finance.
April 15, 2016 Board of Governors approves project and votes on Tuition & Fees for the 2016-17 year.
July 2016 State budget approved
August – September 2016 Architect Selection Process
October 2016 Corley Redfoot Architects and HOK Architects selected to lead design of project
Fall 2016 – Fall 2017 Design
Spring 2018 – Summer 2020 Construction
Fall 2020 Project Completion

Carmichael Addition & Renovation Presentation – Fall 2015


Frequently Asked Questions

Why now?

With more than $7.5 million worth of deferred maintenance and failing infrastructure the Carmichael East wing is broken. Consisting of multipurpose rooms, storage, administrative offices and makeshift fitness, functional training, combative rooms and recreation spaces created in inaccessible racquetball and squash courts – the space is not designed to meet the needs of today’s students and community. Opened in 1961, the facility has outlived its lifespan. The Carmichael Gymnasium does not meet several significant health and safety codes – including ADA accessibility. The project not only meets the student demands for fitness and wellness spaces but addresses Carmichael Gymnasium deficiencies.

What if I don’t see _____ in the plans? Why not?

Don’t see something in the plans that that should be considered? All images are conceptual and not finalized designs. The formal design process will take place Fall 2016 and Spring 2017. University Recreation welcomes your ideas and suggestions throughout the planning process.

What other funding sources are available?

University Recreation and the Division of Academic & Student Affairs will actively seek additional funding sources working with NC State University Development. Should additional funding become available, these gifts and donations will reduce student fees.

What do I currently pay for recreation and Carmichael Complex indebtedness fees?

The typical full-time undergraduate and graduate student pays the Recreational Sports fee of $83.68 per semester ($167.35 per year) and Carmichael Indebtedness Fees of $71.50 per semester ($143.00 per year). Complete breakdown of Tuition & Fees can be found here.

How long will the debt service fee stay in effect?

Similar to a home mortgage, the debt service fee will be in effect for 25 years.

How does the Carmichael Complex impact the NC State student experience?

  • As the home of University Recreation and Health & Exercise Studies, the Carmichael Complex sees more than one million visits annually
  • 71% of undergraduates and 47% of graduate students use the complex annually
  • Employing more than 800 students, University Recreation is one of the largest employer of students on-campus with more than $1.4 million dollars of student fees returned to students via wages annually
  • Studies continue to show participation in university recreation and wellness centers is linked to student success, satisfaction, recruitment and retention
  • University Recreation will continue to play an important role in the health and wellness of students by reducing stress, anxiety and depression through physical activity and exercise

Carmichael Addition & Renovation Project in the Press

The Technician, October 6, 2015 | Carmichael Gym fee doesn’t go the distance
The Technician, September 30, 2015 | Student Senate votes to add $47.50 fee for gym renovations
The Technician, September 29, 2015 | Carmichael gym fee to increase
The Technician, March 5, 2015 | Fee increase to fund 25 years of gym upgrades
The Technician, March 5, 2015 | A look at the fitness of the Pack


For additional information, please contact:

Eric Hawkes
Director, University Recreation
eahawkes@ncsu.edu