FAQs

When does construction take place?

Construction on the new residence hall and renovations to Highsmith Union start in Spring 2017 and continue through Summer 2018. Construction on the academic buildings – Owen Hall and Carmichael Hall – begins in Spring 2018. Construction generally takes place between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. with the exception of a few processes and steps that take place overnight.

What are the funding sources for construction projects at UNC Asheville?

The Owen Hall and Carmichael Hall renovations are funded by the Connect NC Bond and will not affect tuition.

The Highsmith Union renovations are funded through the student debt service fee approved by the on-campus Fee Commitee, and the student residences are funded through room charges that have been market tested. State appropriations cannot be used to renovate or construct student unions or residence halls, so funding must come directly from student fees. Both projects have been approved by the UNC Asheville Board of Trustees, the UNC System Board of Governors, and the North Carolina General Assembly.

 

 

How does UNC Asheville’s core value of sustainability affect construction projects?

UNC Asheville strives to achieve LEED® standards on construction projects, and the goal for the new residence halls is to be LEED-certified Silver.

UNC Asheville also follows the model of green infrastructure with our stormwater management systems. Stormwater collection is integrated into the landscape. There are multiple stormwater management strategies on the residence halls site including rain gardens, rainwater collection cisterns, and regenerative storm water conveyance systems.  All these storm water management structures allow groundwater re-charge, removal of pollutants, and reduction of erosion and sediment.

What materials are being used to construct the buildings? Will they match other buildings on campus?

Both the Highsmith Union renovation project and the new residence halls are designed to complement the existing architecture on campus. You will notice proportions, details, and building materials similar to other buildings on campus. Building materials, such as brick and glazing systems, have been designed and selected to coordinate with the existing architecture.

Where will student organizations be located?

As part of the renovation, student organizations will be located in a new area that will be constructed within Highsmith Union at the front of the building called the "student life porch." It is only a porch in the sense that it is at the front of the building and highly visible (it is located indoors). The “student life porch” will enhance opportunities for interaction and collaboration, while at the same time provide formal and informal meeting places for individual and group activities.

What will the acoustics in Highsmith Union's new multipurpose room be like?

The multipurpose space was designed with the assistance of an acoustician. The space, which is dividable into two spaces, is designed to provide proper acoustics for both configurations. Additionally, the audio/visual systems are designed with audio controls to provide quality sound in all possible room configurations.

Will loading areas behind Highsmith Union remain the same?

As part of the Highsmith Renovation project, a new improved loading dock facility is being constructed below the multi-purpose room addition. Once the project is complete, most deliveries will be made via Founders Drive.

Will delivery trucks still use Founders Drive? Will that disrupt students in the new residence halls?

When the projects are complete, most deliveries to Brown Hall and Highsmith will be via Founders Drive. As part of the Highsmith Renovation project, a new improved loading dock facility is being constructed below the multipurpose room addition.

The University will work to limit any disruptions to students occupying the new residence halls that may possibly occur.