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Spotlight: Historic New Presence in Center City

Date Published:
Thursday, August 25, 2011

With the start of fall classes, UNC Charlotte opens its Center City building, beginning an historic new era of connectivity with the Charlotte community.

The 11-story, $50.4 million academic building at the corner of Ninth and Brevard in Uptown provides the University with a versatile space from which to offer academic and community engagement programming tailored to the Uptown business and residential community.

"UNC Charlotte Center City embodies the University’s mission to address the educational, cultural, economic and social needs of the greater Charlotte region," said Chancellor Philip L. Dubois. "It is a tremendous new asset for delivering on our mission." UNC Charlotte Center City responds to the needs of the Charlotte region by offering programming focused on arts and the creative economy, business and finance, urban and regional development, health and community engagement.

The 143,000 square foot Center City building will house the Belk College of Business MBA programs, and will offer courses in accountancy, economics, mathematical finance, and the college’s doctoral program. The College of Arts + Architecture’s Master of Urban Design and the College of Health and Human Services’ Master of Health Administration will meet at the building, and the Office of Extended Academic Programs will base its continuing education offering there.

UNC Charlotte Center City embodies the University’s mission to address the educational, cultural, economic and social needs of the greater Charlotte region. It is a tremendous new asset for delivering on our mission.
Chancellor Philip L. Dubois

In a typical week of classes, more than 1,700 students and more than 60 professors will use the building at least once. In addition to classroom space, it features an art gallery, bagel bar, 300-seat auditorium and indoor and outdoor space for conferences, arts and cultural activities and social events.

The building cuts a dashing figure, with its unique cantilevered design suggesting a stack of books. It lies adjacent to the Blue Line light rail tracks, that, when extended will provide an economical, environmentally sound way of connecting students, faculty and other citizens with the main campus and others stops along N. Tryon St. and University City.

Click here for more information about the Center City building.

Photo by Wade Bruton.