RALEIGH -- The James B. Hunt Jr. Library at N.C. State University in Raleigh is not your typical library. Rather than boasting books and study suites, it showcases 3D printers, navy simulators and more than 100 million pixels of screen space solely for research.
“We sought to create a space that was not only functional and environmentally sensitive and responsive, but also a place that makes a statement,” said Chancellor Randy Woodson, N.C. State University. “Centennial Campus is about innovation. It's about transformation and it's about economic development.”
“By putting these tools in the hands of students as they are here and going into their programs, they get their hands on a level of technology that is unprecedented for a teaching or research environment,” said Maurice York, James B. Hunt Jr. Library.
The state-of-the-art facility, whose grand opening day was April 3, 2013, and which is named after North Carolina's longest-serving governor, aims to educate and inspire the next generation of leaders.
“[It is] something very special, connoting the greatness of North Carolina. [It is] something that will really excite our students and get them to really apply their minds and develop their vision and think about the world and space and all of the things they are learning in the classroom from our wonderful professors....I never dreamed it would be this good,” said former Gov. Jim Hunt.
Now that the governor's dreams are reality, the future of the state, nation and world is on a high-tech track to innovating and solving problems.
“They're not just learning how to use those technologies, they are learning how to apply them creatively to solve some of the biggest challenges facing our economy, our industry, social and economic spheres,” said York.
“It's going to help us have a big spurt of progress here in North Carolina,” said Hunt.