North Carolina Central University Chancellor Charlie Nelms will cut ribbons Wednesday on two new buildings that stand as testament to the significant growth happening across campus.

Chidley North Residence Hall will be officially unveiled at 11 a.m., and a ceremony for the yet-to-be-named nursing building will follow at 11:30 a.m. Both facilities opened Aug. 22, but the formal openings were delayed to give students a chance to settle into the fall semester.

“These new buildings are a source of pride for everyone on campus, and we hope the community feels the same way,” Nelms said. “NCCU is a world-class institution, and our students and faculty deserve world-class facilities”

Chidley North is named for the Rev. Howard Chidley, a Congregationalist minister who was a close associate of NCCU founder Dr. James E. Shepard. The spacious hall is home to 517 juniors and seniors, mostly in double rooms with a single bathroom. There are eight corner suites that house four students each. The 135,000-square-foot hall has a large laundry, kitchen and study room on each floor. There are lounges in every wing, a classroom and computer lab on the second floor, and Wi-Fi throughout.

The hall, at the corner of Alston Avenue and Lawson Street, cost $30 million. It was built adjacent to the original Chidley Residence Hall, which is closed for renovation.

The $25 million nursing building, on the former site of Holy Cross Catholic Church along Alston Avenue, is designed to meet the needs of a rapidly growing nursing baccalaureate program. The building boasts 69,000 square feet over three floors. The first floor has three classrooms, including a 203-seat auditorium and two 72-seat classrooms, a student services section with a grab-and-go food service, and a student lounge. The lobby can accommodate 360 people for receptions.

The second floor has a 62-seat classroom, simulated hospital rooms and rooms containing computer-controlled mannequins and robot “patients” for student testing, and quiet study and group-study rooms and locker space. The third floor is mostly offices for faculty and staff.

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