North Carolina Central University On-Campus Student Housing

New Housing to Meet Student Needs
Durham, North Carolina

With an enrollment of more than 8,000 students, North Carolina Central University (NCCU), located in Durham needed new on-campus student housing. This project was funded and executed through the public-private partnership (P3) delivery method and North Carolina Central University was the first historically black college and university (HBCU) to use this method in the state. We provided site surveying; mechanical, electrical, plumbing, fire protection, civil engineering design; and construction administration services.


existing on-campus beds replaced


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This project replaced 417 existing on-campus beds and added 1,274 new beds to the portfolio of NCCU Housing and Residential Life. The 417 replacement beds included the demolition of Baynes Hall (392 community-style beds), George Street Apartments (25 apartment-style beds), and the former Chidley Main Residence Hall. The 1,274 new beds allow NCCU to implement a new sophomore live-on campus requirement and meet the demands from junior, senior, and graduate students forced to live off campus due to limited capacity.

The new on-campus student housing offers a mixed-use complex featuring student housing and amenities. The developer-led project consisted of three separate sites and buildings, including Alston Avenue Apartments, George Street Residential Complex, and Lawson Street Residential Complex, for a total of 377,500 square feet, 323 units, and 1,274 total beds. The George Street Residential Complex offers semi-suite units for freshmen and sophomores, the Lawson Street Residential Complex offers semi-suite units for upper class students, and Alston Avenue Apartments features four-bedroom apartment-style units alongside a 7,500-square-foot retail dining facility, lounge, and Provisions on Demand with views overlooking O'Kelly-Riddick Stadium. 

The facilities will be managed under a shared governance structure between the developer and NCCU. The development included significant engagement from qualified subcontractors that are local, minority-owned business enterprises (MBEs) and historically underutilized businesses.  


North Carolina Central University


Vines Architecture

Square Footage

377,500 SF


$125 million


  • Engineering


  • Education


  • Southeast