As one of the nation’s premier engineering schools, NC State is a powerful driver of economic impact in North Carolina and beyond, with graduates dominating the state’s highly skilled workforce at companies including Cree, SAS, and IBM. In the past 10 years, engineering undergraduate enrollment at NC State has grown by 22 percent, and graduate enrollment has more than doubled. The new Fitts-Woolard Hall will provide an innovative facility to help accommodate that growth and further position NC State University as an international leader in engineering education.
Fitts-Woolard Hall marks the culmination of the College of Engineering’s move to the oval on Centennial Campus. The facility will join Engineering Buildings I, II, and III on this unique campus that blends education, research, industry, government, and community spaces. Clark Nexsen partnered with NC State to develop a dynamic, state-of-the-art facility centered on goals to promote interaction and collaboration between students, faculty, and individual engineering departments. Accommodating The Fitts Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering, The Department of Civil, Construction, and Environmental Engineering, and a portion of the College of Engineering Dean Administration, the new Fitts-Woolard Hall will have proximity to eight additional University engineering departments. The opportunity for convergence across disciplines is intended to foster an environment of innovation.
As a teaching tool, the design and construction will integrate and demonstrate sustainability and engineering components in many aspects, including building envelope, structure, and engineering systems.
Teaching and research spaces will support initiatives critical to the global high-tech economy, including advanced materials and manufacturing, robotics and sensor technology, service sector engineering, critical infrastructure and security, transportation and logistics, and energy and environmental systems. The classrooms, office, and laboratories are designed to offer transparency into the varied types of education and research taking place within the building and create opportunities for interdisciplinary collaboration. The facility will be flexible and adaptable, allowing for future programmatic changes.
The design itself is intended as an instructional tool, with mechanical and structural systems exposed to students’ view to serve as a learning mechanism. Additionally, smart building technology will display energy metrics to students, faculty, and staff, supporting both education and facilities management.
Fitts-Woolard Hall is reflective of NC State’s mission to promote an integrated approach to problem solving and their commitment to excellence in education. As demand for engineering and computer science degrees continues to rise, Fitts-Woolard Hall will play a key role in recruiting the best and brightest engineering students and producing tomorrow’s industry leaders.