North Carolina A&T State University broke ground on its new student health center on Feb. 21 at the southeast corner of Benbow Road and Bluford Street.
The two-story, 27,548-square-foot facility will replace the existing health center, Sebastian Health Center, which is an 11,000 square-foot building that was constructed in 1958. Sebastian does not meet modern building code requirements; however, its replacement will meet all building code and ADA regulations as well as satisfy the demands of the current and future student body.
The new structure will be located on a prominent site along Benbow Road for easy access. Equipped with eleven exam rooms, women’s health center, seminar rooms, pharmacy, laboratory diagnostic area, immunization area, substance abuse and counseling area, secure record retention area and triage area, the two-story structure will be constructed to meet LEED Silver national green building design and construction standards.
“The architectural vision for the project is to reflect the progressive vision of the university through use of materials and building massing and siting. Other factors considered will be the connectivity of the new student health center to nearby residential areas, incorporation and connectivity to open green spaces on adjacent sites as well as connectivity to the campus as a whole,” said Andrew M. Perkins Jr., assistant vice chancellor for facilities.