Charlotte Business Journal, August 22, 2011
The new 11-story building opened its new Center City building Monday, with the school describing the move as a historic step in strengthening its ties to Charlotte’s business community.
The 11-story, $50.4 million academic building at the corner of Ninth and Brevard streets provides the university with a space that will allow programming “tailored to the nearby business and residential community and the rest of Charlotte,” UNCC says in a written statement.
“UNC Charlotte Center City embodies the university’s mission to address the educational, cultural, economic and social needs of the greater Charlotte region,” says Chancellor Philip Dubois. “While we’ve had an active presence uptown for many years — and our roots date back to the old Charlotte College, which was located nearby — the new Center City facility is a tremendous new asset for delivering on our mission.”
Dubois says the Center City facility 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 fall semester began Monday at both the main campus at University City and Center City. More than 25,400 students are enrolled, including more than 5,200 graduate students.
Some of those will attend classes in the 143,000-square-foot Center City building, which houses the Belk College of Business MBA program. It will offer graduate-level 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 & 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.
The Center City campus classrooms will be booked with classes every day and evening from Monday through Thursday. In a typical week of classes, more than 1,700 students and more than 60 professors will attend and teach classes and labs in the building.
“UNC Charlotte Center City is essential in staking our claim to the university’s broader mission of community engagement, urban research and a contribution to economic development,” says Jerry Coughter, executive director, UNC Charlotte Center City. “The modern university and the modern city have to be integrated for everybody’s benefit. As North Carolina’s urban research university, when we’re better connected to the city and the region, that’s going to help grow the university and it will help grow the city.”
The new building also features an art gallery, bagel bar, 300-seat auditorium and indoor and outdoor space for conferences, arts and cultural activities and social events.