NC State University & Wake County Public Schools

  • Renovation

    29,000 SF
  • Project Complete

  • Construction Cost

  • Levels

    3 Story

This was a joint project between the Wake County Public School System, NC State University, and the NC New Schools Project.  STEM is an acronym that stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math.  This school allows students to earn both a high school diploma and up to two years of college credit at NC State University at the conclusion of their five year program.   The school is housed in a former medical institution building now encompassed as part of NCSU’s Centennial Campus.  This building, originally constructed in 1949, was re-purposed by this project to include a working high school complete with interactive classrooms, science lab, student commons, dining, offices and meeting areas.  In order to reinforce the STEM identity of this high school, engineered building systems were designed to be exposed.  Conduits, piping and ductwork are celebrated in bright colors throughout the school.  To be successful, particular attention was given during design for these systems to be both quiet and aesthetically organized.  Initial reactions from the client included the following:”I was at the school today and it is AWESOME!  What a wonderful way to revitalize that old building and it is also such a fabulous manifestation of the culture they wanted to create.  They all told me how much they love their classrooms and I love the way all the exposed pipes were painted.  Lots of really neat touches!”