Winston-Salem State’s “Restore the Core” initiative envisions a re-energized campus center to offer students, faculty, and staff a welcoming place to gather, collaborate, and grow intellectually and spiritually. Integral to restoring the core was the development of a student success center, combining multiple student needs such as academic tutoring, support, and guidance, individual study and group collaboration space, and career services.
WSSU partnered with Clark Nexsen to transform the vacant Hill Hall from an abandoned, outdated science facility into the much-needed, state-of-the-art Student Success Center. Our collaborative approach provided a design to facilitate collaborative learning and create a space where the stigma around academic support and tutoring could be eliminated.
Today, Hill Hall has been transformed inside and out, consolidating functions previously found across campus and creating a social and academic hub for students. Featuring a language arts center, computer testing facility, student support services, tutoring, careers services, academic advisors, international programs, and offices for the University, the building supports the goal of creating a stronger sense of community by providing opportunities for different groups to make connections. State-of-the-art technology, art and cultural exhibits, natural daylighting, and a variety of seating options has resulted in a bright, welcoming facility that actively promotes student success.
2016 ACEC North Carolina Grand Award for Engineering Excellence
2015 Architectural Engineering Institute (AEI) ASCE Award of Excellence for Electrical/Lighting
2015 North Carolina State Building Commission Merit Certificate, Excellence in Design
2015 North Carolina State Building Commission Merit Certificate, Excellence in Construction
2015 IES National Award of Merit, Guth Award for Interior Lighting Design
2015 IES Tidewater Section Guth Award for Interior Lighting Design
2015 IES National Award of Merit, Lighting Control Innovation
2015 IES Tidewater Section Guth Award for Lighting Control Innovation