Carmichael Addition & Renovation Project

Carmichael Addition Rendering

Project Goals

  • Creates centralized hub of health and wellness for campus
  • 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
  • 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 program elements will be determined via student input if/once the fee is approved and the project design phase formally begins.


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

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 Results
  • 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

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)

Click here for complete 2015 Recreation and Wellness Survey results.

Financial Strategy

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

If approved, the Carmichael Addition & Renovation Project capital debt fee will be implemented when the $45 per year Recreation Center capital debt fee is paid in full. The $45 per year Rec Center debt fee will be applied to the Carmichael Addition & Renovation Project.

This will result in an increase of $47.50 in Carmichael capital debt fees starting in Fall 2016 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 will be presented to the Fee Review Committee in October 2015.

Facility Features

82,823 sq. ft | $47.50 Increase | $44.5 million project
Responsive image 8,000 sq. ft. Functional Training Area with Sprint Ramp
Responsive image 12,000 sq. ft. Fitness Center Addition
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 if/once the fee is approved and the project design phase formally begins.

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 presented the project to the Fee Review Committee. Fee Review Committee unanimously voteed 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.
May – June 2016 State Legislature approves budget
July – August 2016 Architect Selection Process
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 all Carmichael Gymnasium deficiencies.

In an effort to reduce the financial impact of student fees, this project was selected to occur when the Recreation Center debt service fees ends. If approved, students will notice no more than a $47.50 increase in their Carmichael debt service fees.

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 occur in the coming years. University Recreation welcomes your ideas and suggestions throughout the planning process.

What other funding sources are available?

If the project is approved, 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 if the project is not approved?

  • A significant amount of maintenance/repair issues will be required. In addition, due to the age of the facilities, there is potential for building system failures that we have not anticipated.
  • Student fees may increase to fund the upgrades without adding the much needed fitness and wellness space to serve our campus in the future

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 $47.50 per semester ($95.50 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.

Why should I support the plan if I’m graduating before the facilities would be open?

There are many reasons to support the project even if you are not going to be a student when new facilities will open. Most importantly, your decision now impacts the experience of future members of the Wolfpack. Similar to students who paid for Talley and other other student facilities prior to being open, this is a unique opportunity for you to leave a lasting legacy on campus. And you will be able to use the facility, as alumni will be able to purchase Carmichael Complex memberships upon graduation.

How does the Carmichael Complex impact the NC State experience?

  • As the home of University Recreation and Health & Exercise Studies, the Carmichael Complex sees more than one million visits annually
  • 81% of undergraduates and 44% of graduate students use the complex annually
  • 93% of international students use the complex annually
  • Employing more than 800 students, University Recreation is the largest employer of students on-campus with more than $1.3 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 wellbeing 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
P: (919) 513-3895