New Academic Building
A new academic facility is being constructed near the Weatherspoon Gymnasium/Lowery Fitness Center providing new, cutting-edge instructional space for Meredith’s growing communication and health, exercise & sports science programs. The new building is expected to be completed in 2022.
The building will be 13,636 square feet and will include a state-of-the-art recording studio, a podcast room, three editing rooms, two spacious exercise and sports science working classrooms, a collaboration room, and additional classrooms.
With both programs in the same building, there will be opportunities for interdisciplinary work including sports communication coursework and student-based projects that span both areas of study.
“We are eager to have students learning in a high-quality environment replete with the kind of equipment they will need on the job. Equally important is that these fields and activities are keenly connected to the ways our world is changing and preparing our students for that world,” said President Jo Allen.
The building will be fully accessible and will have energy-saving features such as LED lighting and a special roof that will reduce building cooling needs. To add to the beauty of the building, a lobby will have a water feature and fireplace. There will also be patios on the front and side of the building and 18 offices for department heads in communication and health, exercise, and sports science, and athletic staff.
Currently, Institutional Advancement is offering opportunities for individuals and organizations to name spaces within the building, allowing donors to support students and further enhance their education at Meredith.
Meredith College Plans New Academic Building
Meredith College recently announced plans to build a new academic facility. Watch the video to learn more about the new building, which will house growing programs in Communication and Health, Exercise, & Sports Science. The new building is expected to be completed in 2021.
Tour Meredith's Future Academic Facility
Take a tour of the new academic facility that will be constructed near the Weatherspoon Gymnasium and Lowery Fitness Center providing new, cutting-edge instructional space for Meredith’s growing communication and health, exercise, & sports science programs.
The Meredith College Board of Trustees has reaffirmed the decision to begin construction on a new academic building that will house two of Meredith’s growing programs: communication and exercise & sports science. The new building project was paused in 2020 because of the pandemic.
The approximately 13,000 square foot building will provide instructional space for Meredith’s thriving communication and exercise & sports science programs.
The Meredith College Board of Trustees has approved the construction of a new academic building on the College’s Hillsborough Street campus in Raleigh, N.C. The approval vote occurred during the board’s spring meeting, held March 20-21, 2019.
Since 2011, enrollment in Meredith’s undergraduate communication and health, exercise, and sports science programs has increased by 29% and 52% respectively. The new academic building will provide instructional space for the growing programs. Planned specialized spaces include an agency-style classroom, a media studio, editing rooms, a human performance lab, an assessment lab, a conference room, and common areas.
The new media studio, podcast studio, editing suite and agency-style classroom will give students access to innovative spaces that allow for creativity, collaboration, and flexibility in the ever-changing landscape of communication in the digital age. These classrooms will be conducive to experiential learning, preparing students for their career through an applied learning method.
Health, Exercise, & Sports Science
The updated Human Performance Lab will give students access to new technologies, new equipment, and increased opportunities to gain hands-on experiences. Applied learning is critical in a field like health, exercise, and sports science and will enhance students’ preparation for internships, employment, and graduate programs.