Ground broken for $31 million in UNCP construction



From left: Chris Hansen, student, Neil Hawk, Vice Chancellor for Business Affairs, Chancellor Allen C. Meadors, Henry Lewis, Vice Chair of Board of Trustees and Kahlid Tapia, Admissions Office

"These are exciting times," said UNC Pembroke Chancellor Allen C. Meadors.

And with those words, the university broke ground June 26 on the largest construction project in its history. Chancellor Meadors promised that "just about every building on this campus will be touched."

Ground was broken for three projects that will cost $31 million. UNCP will complete approximately $75 million in construction through 2007.

The ceremony attracted about 250 to the Amphitheatre at the Water Feature. About 50 relatives of the building's namesakes were on hand.

The projects include:

  • $17 million for renovation and a new laboratory wing for the Herbert G. Oxendine Science Building. Named for a former dean of the college, Oxendine Science was completed in 1967 and houses the departments of math and computer science, biology and chemistry and physics.
  • $9 million for renovation and addition of classrooms and offices for the English E. Jones Health and Physical Education Center. Named for Chancellor Jones (1962-79) Jones was built in 1972.
  • $5 million for the new Walter J. Pinchbeck Facilities Planning and Maintenance Complex. The Pinchbeck building was named for a long-time maintenance supervisor.

The Oxendine Science Building project is the most costly construction project in university history.

"This campus will be totally changed, but the mission and the heart of this university will not change," Chancellor Meadors said.groundbreaking

Visitors to campus witnessed numerous other ongoing construction projects, including new sidewalks, new student apartments, a new wing on the Student Health Services Building and renovations to the Ira Pate and Reba Lowery Bell Tower, which played music before and after the ceremony.

UNC Pembroke will use $57 million from North Carolina Higher Education Bonds for construction and renovation projects to classroom buildings. Altogether, there will be six new buildings and nine will be renovated and expanded, Chancellor Meadors said.

Speaking on behalf of the UNCP Board of Trustees was Henry Lewis, a 1972 graduate.

"I came to this university during an earlier construction boom. Those were exciting times, full of optimism for the future of this university," Lewis said. "Today, on the edge of the new construction boom, I feel blessed to be able to see the realization of my undergraduate dreams."

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