For twenty years, the Triangle Business Journal–the local area’s most influential commentator on events and trends shaping the economy in central North Carolina–has annually awarded “The Space” honors to real estate leaders and projects that have contributed significantly to economic development in the region.
In a January 31 ceremony, the Hunt Library was chosen as the “Top University Development” for the year. Noting that the new library was sure to become a destination for visitors to the area as well as a model for academic libraries around the world, the award continued in part:
“The new James B. Hunt Jr. Library at N.C. State University’s Centennial Campus is not just a building where books can be stored and retrieved. This structure anchoring Centennial Campus’ academic oval opened to university students and researchers in January 2013 equipped with the latest technology in interactive computing, multimedia creation and large-scale visualization.
The Hunt Library, named in honor of former North Carolina governor Jim Hunt, has about 100 rooms for students in individual study or group projects, storage space for nearly 2 million texts, and is also the new home for the Institute for Emerging Issues that has been championed by Hunt.
Consultants and contractors who worked with N.C. State University Libraries on the project include the Oslo, Norway-based Snohetta design firm and Raleigh design firm Pearce Brinkley Cease & Lee, Skanska USA, DEGW, Cole Jenest & Stone, Susan Hatchell Landscape Architecture, Stewart Engineering, ARUP, Affiliated Engineers Inc., The Sextant Group, Dematic, Pivotal and Davis Langdon.”