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Since we arenâ€™t planning on hiding our fondness for Chancellor Randy Woodson or Athletics Director Debbie Yow anytime soon, weâ€™ll continue to follow Chancellor Woodson when we can.Â Today, we had a couple of items to supplement this interesting conversation regarding a â€˜town centerâ€™ on Centennial Campus.
This Red House
Construction is in full swing on a new chancellorâ€™s residence on Centennial Campus. Located near the Park Alumni Center, the new house will be home to Wolfpack gatherings for years to come.
The 8,500-square foot, $3 million building is being financed with private gifts. When itâ€™s finished about this time next year, it will replace the current chancellorâ€™s residence, builtÂ in 1928, when modern amenities like air conditioning were unknown.
To follow the progress on the new residence, visit This Red House, a blog from University Communications that features interesting facts, photos, videos and interviews about the homeâ€™s design and construction.
Here’s a preview of the exterior of the new chancellor’s residence.
Building on Tradition
Marvin Malecha, dean of the College of Design, designed the new residence.
â€œWhen people come up to the residence, theyâ€™ll have an immediate feeling of familiarityâ€”that this is what a home feels like,â€ he said. â€œWeâ€™re using traditional landscaping and traditional materials. But when you walk into the house, youâ€™ll see it is more modern than youâ€™d think.
â€œThat was a struggle for usâ€”to use familiar forms but with a modern expression. But I think this design does it. It will speak to the roots of NC State, but also to what the university has become.â€
The lower level of the residence will be the public portion of the home, where large receptions and events will be held for NC State students, employees, alumni and friends. The second floor will serve as the living quarters for the chancellorâ€™s family.
Given the fact that the last chancellorâ€™s home has been in use for 82 years, Malecha says he was mindful that one of the future celebrations at the residence could be NC Stateâ€™s 200th anniversary.
Ice Cream Dream
Click here for a conversation and topic you may enjoy. Video included below.