Centennial Celebrates 25 Years with Hunt Library Groundbreaking

October 23, 2009
By Cherry Crayton

Library

NC State will break ground on the new James B. Hunt Jr. Library today as it celebrates the 25th anniversary of Centennial Campus. The N&O has a front-page story on the history and evolution of Centennial Campus.

The campus is revered elsewhere in the world, but many locals aren’t aware of what it has become, said Tom Rabon, an executive vice president of Red Hat, the software company with headquarters on Centennial. About three years ago Rabon was invited to Toulouse, France, to talk about the place his company had picked for its headquarters.

“The French government paid me to come over and talk about nothing but Centennial Campus because they wanted to emulate exactly what we have,” he said. “People in Raleigh drive past every day and just have no idea what’s behind that line of trees on I-40, and no idea that Centennial Campus is the envy of the world.”

The 200,000-square-foot Hunt Library will include impressive features such an automated retrieval system. Check out a video of the system and see a virtual exhibit of the library. It’ll open in 2012 or 2013. Keep up with construction through a live-video feed, and check our design renderings here.

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