UNCP picks design team for School of Business

Mark Locklear

PEMBROKE — An architect team has been selected to oversee the design of the new School of Business building at UNC Pembroke.

The university’s board of trustees voted unanimously on Tuesday to approve the New School of Business Designer Evaluation Committee’s recommendation to hire Glavé & Holmes Architecture and SFL+a Architects.

“This team has designed some of the most exciting business schools in the country and they are the only team with a history of designing energy positive educational facilities,” said Kellie Blue, board chair.

“This building will set a new standard for university buildings in North Carolina and across the nation,” she said. “The new School of Business will be home to the generation of entrepreneurs that will lead this region of the state to economic prosperity.”

UNC Pembroke is in the early planning stage of building a state-of-the-art $36 million facility to house the School of Business. UNCP will receive $23 million from the Connect NC Bond that voters approved in March 2016 to go toward construction costs.

A campaign is underway to secure the additional $13 million needed for construction to begin.

UNC Pembroke has been awarded a $1,892,900 grant from the Golden LEAF Foundation to provide classroom technology for the future School of Business.

UNCP will match the grant, bringing the award total to $3.78 million.

Steve Arndt, vice chancellor for Finance and Administration, said he is pleased with the outcome of the designer selection process.

“The design team of Glavé & Holmes Architecture and SFL+a Architects will provide a combination of architectural and engineering design excellence that will result in a truly transformational School of Business,” he said.

Arndt led the evaluation committee.

The committee received proposals from 16 design firms. Six firms took part in on-site interviews, before finalists were narrowed to two.

Glavé & Holmes Architecture is based in Richmond, Va., and SFL+a Architects is located in Fayetteville.

According to the committee, Glavé & Holmes and SFL+a have “extensive, successful experience in the design and construction of Net-zero Energy educational facilities.”

The committee, in its report to the trustees, said the design team has a holistic and comprehensive understanding of the role of technology in an academic facility and knowledge and experience of advanced facility security measures.

Mark Locklear

Mark Locklear is a Public Relations specialist for The University of North Carolina at Pembroke.

Mark Locklear is a Public Relations specialist for The University of North Carolina at Pembroke.

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