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NC State dedicates $115.2M Hunt Library

Posted April 3, 2013

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— North Carolina State University officially dedicated the James B. Hunt Jr. Library on Centennial Campus on Wednesday afternoon.

The $115.2 million, 221,000-square-foot library opened on Jan. 2 and is named after the four-term governor and N.C. State alumnus, whom many considered a champion of technology.

"I never dreamed it would be this good," Hunt said Wednesday. "The things that excites me the most is that students tell me they like it."

Inside NC State's new Hunt Library Inside NC State's new Hunt Library

Equipped with state-of-the-art technology, including hands-on visualization labs, simulation studios, a game lab and a five-story robotic book retrieval system that can hold up to 2 million books, the library was designed to be engaging.

"A lot of exhibition experiences you go to, they're more teaching. But here, they're actually engaging the guest to be a part of it," said developer Cybelle Jones.

State-of-the-art Hunt Library dedicated at NC State State-of-the-art Hunt Library dedicated at NC State

Projects that have already used the library’s technologies include a simulator to train naval ROTC midshipmen to operate the bridge of a modern warship, a 3-D recreation of St. Paul’s Cross that demonstrates the impact of 17th-century sermons as they were actually delivered, a student-created video game based on the Hunt Library’s book circulation patterns and prototypes of engineering projects to allow the visually impaired to navigate complex traffic intersections, according to the library's website.

"Centennial Campus is about innovation, about transformation and economic development, and we wanted a space that said that to the world," said Chancellor Randy Woodson. “Every prospective student interested in N.C. State will walk in this space and want to be at this university."

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  • CarZins Apr 5, 11:04 a.m.

    "Gee, thank you for using my tax money on something so important while the teachers are being underpaid and state employees are losing/lost their jobs. I appreciate that so much."

    well gollee! I guess we just can't do anything until teachers get a raise!

  • rand321 Apr 4, 3:19 p.m.

    Wow it honors a democrat...get ready for the GOP to cancel funding facility. They woudl still want to fund the Duke Energy bills to keep McCory's donors happy.

  • SMAPAEA Apr 4, 2:17 p.m.

    Thank goodness this project was approved before "The Race to the Bottom" initiative that started in 2013 with our Governor and General Assembly. The building will be no more drain on the taxpayers pockets than any of the new office and legislation that is coming about this year. We gotta have at least one good looking school in the state.

  • dpetersduke Apr 4, 12:37 p.m.

    Gee, thank you for using my tax money on something so important while the teachers are being underpaid and state employees are losing/lost their jobs. I appreciate that so much.

  • stevemoore3262 Apr 4, 10:12 a.m.

    If a building was built to house all the truths told by Jim Hunt, it would be rather small.

  • -Va- Apr 4, 8:58 a.m.

    How was this paid for? who's going to pay for continueing maitenance costs, power, water etc etc? I would assume NC State, i.e. the taxpayer.

    According to the video, about 90 million came from state funds. 20 million came from donor support. Actually, as far as costs, power, water, the building is a LEED building (something to do with efficiency) and has solar panels. The hot water comes from NC State's steam plant. As far as custodial costs? I can't imagine that makes a big dent from taxpayer receipts. I've been to this building. I thought it was great. It is open to everybody. I saw a lot students there, they seemed to like it. They also made a lot of use of it. I didn't draw math formulas on glass walls with dry erase markers when I went to school, but it works. Isn't that what you want from a public university anyway; learning math and science can go a long way towards solving other problems.

  • The Contractor Apr 3, 4:57 p.m.

    how was this paid for? who's going to pay for continueing maitenance costs, power, water etc etc? I would assume NC state, i.e. the taxpayer.

  • mmtlash Apr 3, 3:54 p.m.

    Nice to see some things moving fwd in NC as the GOP works daily to move NC back

  • echaze Apr 3, 3:49 p.m.

    All Libraries will be virtual in 10 years anyway, why spend so much on something that will not be needed soon.

  • Relic Apr 3, 3:42 p.m.

    "How about taxpayers for a name?"

    Because the "are you kidding me" building just doesn't have the same ring to it.

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