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“Reinforcing the Fabric”

The north district, known as Carolina’s North Campus, is one of rare beauty. A distinct fabric has been created over time through the consistency of building-to-open-space relationships, the scale and proportion of buildings, the complementary use of building materials, and the treatment of the ground planes and general landscaping. From the earliest buildings on bucolic McCorkle Place to the classically formal Polk Place, the North Campus has evolved over a long period of time. Additions to the North Campus have respected and understood what came before.

As additions are made to the North Campus, it is vital that this tradition continues. Designers should thoroughly study all aspects of the grounds and especially the above-mentioned characteristics that make the campus unique. As the following examples show, reinforcing this fabric is less about style and more about siting, proportion and scale, fenestration, and materials.


North District

Aycock-Graham Residence Hall Addition Diagram
Aycock-Graham Residence Hall Addition


  • Seamless addition is created between two existing residence halls.
  • Facade continues rhythm of existing residence hall windows.
  • Facade is divided horizontally and vertically into three parts.
  • Horizontal banding divides facade into base, middle and top.
  • Double windows above entry indicate a middle with two side bays.
  • Entry is hierarchically most important.
  • Continuous building edge helps to further define the quad in which it sits.
  • Handicapped-access ramp is discreetly integrated into base of building.
  • Ground floor opening allows pedestrian circulation into quad.
Aycock Residence Hall
Institute of Arts and Humanities Building Diagram
Institute of Arts and Humanities Building


  • Building represents appropriate design for this part of campus.
  • Siting respects and continues the edge that partially defines McCorkle Place.
  • The longer bar element of the building fronts a new garden created behind existing buildings.
  • The octagonal focal element helps, compositionally, to “turn the corner” where three paths intersect.
  • A courtyard creates semi-private outdoor space for programs.
  • Building’s massing and scale of parts complement neighboring structures.
  • The scale of openings and architectural elements fits with surrounding residential and classroom buildings.
  • Materials used are consistent with North Campus traditions.
Institute of Arts and Humanities Building
Clapp Hall Diagram
Clapp Hall


  • Type is asymmetrical bar building.
  • Site plan cleverly resolves entry from open spaces on either side of building, and building heads both spaces.
  • Two levels on either side of building are mediated with connecting pass-through and steps.
  • Building form connects to historic context of campus, yet has many contemporary features.
  • Human scale of openings and details is appropriate for a residential building.
  • Building materials complement other area buildings.
Clapp Hall
Bloomsburg Center Diagram
Bloomsburg Center


  • Type is composite with bar as main facade and centralized adjacent pavilion.
  • Siting of building forms edge to outdoor space on two sides with wooded border forming other edge.
  • Siting takes advantage of topography to allow entry and courtyard at upper level and services at lower, rear portion of building.
  • Simple massing complements other buildings on campus.
  • Window groupings reduce apparent scale of building.
  • Interplay between perceived frame and masonry wall system breaks down the scale.
  • Materials are consistent with campuswide use.
Bloomsburg Center

Proposed Building Identification

Building Identification
The diagram above identifies each of the new buildings proposed in the Master Plan by a number. This number relates to each of the respective geographical districts. Example: N represents North Campus, SE is southeast district and SW is southwest district. These numbers correspond to the chart located below. The chart identifies building use, size, massing and height.

Area Calculations for Proposed Buildings

Building/Open Space Number Building Use Area Per Floor, GSF Number of Floors Total Area, GSF Remarks
N1 ACADEMIC 12,000 3 36,000
N2 ACADEMIC 10,600 3 31,800
N3 ACADEMIC 4,400 4 17,600
N4 ACADEMIC 13,400 4 53,600
N4.1 ACADEMIC 6,500 3 19,500
N5 ACADEMIC 5,000 4 20,000
N5.1 PARKING 58,000 2 116,000 330 spaces
N6 ACADEMIC 6,400 4 25,600
N7 ACADEMIC 13,800 4 55,200
N8 SUPPORT 0 relocated West House
N9 ACADEMIC 1,500 3 4,500
N10 ACADEMIC 2,400 3 7,200
N11 ACADEMIC 3,100 3 9,300
N12 ACADEMIC 2,600 2 5,200
N13 ACADEMIC 8,200 5 41,000
N14 ACADEMIC 17,500 4 70,000
N15 ACADEMIC 5,800 3 17,400
N16 ACADEMIC 30,900 5 154,500
N17 ACADEMIC 11,700 4 46,800
N17.1 ACADEMIC 20,200 7 141,400
N17.2 PARKING 115,500 2 231,000 660 spaces
N18 ACADEMIC 41,700 5 208,500
N19 ACADEMIC 11,600 4 46,400
N20 (Not Used)
N21 (Not Used)
N22 ACADEMIC 6,600 4 26,400
N23 PARKING 69,600 3 208,800 600 spaces
N24 HOUSING 11,200 4 44,800
N25 HOUSING 6,800 3 20,400
N27 HOUSING 3,100 3 9,300
N28 HOUSING 6,100 3 18,300
N30 HOUSING 6,100 3 18,300
N31 HOUSING 6,500 3 19,500
N32 HOUSING 5,100 3 15,300
N33 PARKING 29,300 4 117,200 335 spaces
N34 HOUSING 3,300 3 9,900
N35 HOUSING 2,500 3 7,500
Subtotal 1,874,200

The chart above gives the general intent of the Master Plan relative to the massing and scale of proposed buildings. It also allows the University to plan for the future based on the environmentally responsible capacity of its land.

Summary: North District

Existing Arts Common

Existing Arts Common

Proposed Arts Common

Proposed Arts Common

The North Campus is the historic core of Carolina. Any new projects in this area must work responsibly within the existing texture. Great care must be taken in siting, massing and scale. Buildings should be sited to continue the tradition of making space. Facades should continue and expand on rhythms and hierarchies in nearby buildings.

A tripartite arrangement of base, middle and top should be used. Windows should generally be vertical in proportion. Materials used should be consistent with those found on North Campus, mostly brick and stone. New projects should, largely, attempt to complement rather than counter existing conditions.