The original section of Centennial Campus, home to the College of Textiles and many different buildings for campus partners and other research facilities.
At NC State University, we realized years ago that the answers to our world’s most challenging issues—education, energy and sustainability, the environment and health—wouldn’t come from a business-as-usual approach. The answers will come from technology, innovation and a partnership of great minds and leaders. That is the spirit that NC State's Centennial Campus was founded upon more than 25 years ago. And today it continues even stronger as research, innovation and collaboration continue to find new solutions to regional, national and global problems.
Hands-on research for real-world application
A national model for university research campuses, Centennial Campus houses more than 60 companies, government agencies and non-profits, along with 75 NC State research and academic units, including the colleges of Engineering, Textiles, Veterinary Medicine and the Graduate School. More than 2,300 corporate and government employees work alongside 1,350-plus faculty, staff, post-docs, in addition to 3,400 students during the academic year. Major partners located at Centennial Campus include Red Hat, ABB, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Talecris Biotherapeutics, NOAA National Weather Service and GlaxoSmithKline. These multi-disciplinary research and development neighborhoods let students work with faculty and leaders in their chosen field of study. Hands-on research and academic programs offer real-world experience through internships, corporate shadowing programs, and cooperative education assignments.
A magnet middle school, residential housing, planned executive conference center, 18-hole championship golf course, restored watershed and recreational amenities weave the 1,334-acre campus into a true community.
Centennial Biomedical Campus
Centennial Biomedical Campus (CBC), anchored by the College of Veterinary Medicine, is an extension of the original Centennial Campus concept. The CBC emphasizes partnerships between the University, government and industry, focusing on biomedical applications, both to animals and humans. The $35 million, 100,000-square foot College Research Building is the first new structure on the CBC. The four-story facility includes 33 state-of-the-art laboratories plus two BioSafety Level 3 labs for infectious disease research. A 20-year CBC master plan projects that another 24 buildings—totaling some 1.6 million square feet of space—will be developed for additional laboratories, offices, and animal care facilities.
Biomanufacturing Training and Education Center
North Carolina ranks among the top three biotechnology regions in the United States with nearly 18,000 people employed at 181 biotech companies. As the industry continues to grow, so will the demand for trained employees. The Golden LEAF Biomanufacturing Training and Education Center (BTEC) will meet that need with advanced, hands-on training and education in a pilot-scale environment. Using facilities and equipment that match those of the world's leading biomanufacturing companies, the 90,000-plus square foot center will be one of the nation’s largest university-based facilities in support of the bio-manufacturing and biopharmaceutical industries.
Innovative entrepreneurs call it a starter home At the Technology Incubator, entrepreneurs can access a collaborative blend of services and resources to help convert ideas into marketable products and processes, whether it is specialized mold cultures, telecommunications applications, or biotechnology breakthroughs.