Photos are artist rendition and subject to change
The new First Stop area will be located on the first floor of Barker Hall on the New Bern Campus. To better serve our students, First Stop will consolidate services into one central location. Admissions, Advising, Financial Aid, Veteran’s Affairs and Payment Processing will all be located in one convenient location.
During construction, the Library and Testing Center on the second floor will remain open to the public. A temporary walkway has been construction to allow students, faculty, and staff safe access to the elevator during the course of this project.
Demolition began on the first floor of Barker Hall in April with the old Academic Skills Center area, the old International Room, HVAC air ducts, and the bathrooms. The construction crew moved quickly and demolition was completed before the end of April. Construction has started and walls are being framed in and electrical boxes added. New pipes are being installed for the bathroom areas for both First Stop and Public Radio East, and cabling and new HVAC ducts are also being installed.
Debris from demolition has been removed. The excavation for the restrooms has been completed, the sanitary lines have been placed, and back-filling of the excavation area started. The remainder of the duct work has been delivered and is in the process of being installed, and the old air handler unit was removed. The construction crew continued working on conduit and electrical rough-ins. Wall-framing work has continued and drywall has started going up in the soffits.
Framing for the restrooms has been completed. The plumbing inspection passed on June 26th and the framing for the floor deck in the restrooms started. Soffit work and duct installation continued and placing the pipe insulation has begun. Drywall was hung in the lobby area and insulation and drywall went up in the office areas. Door frame installation has begun and work continued on the ceiling piping and wiring.
Installation and sealing on the duct work continued and the new Air Handler Unit arrived on site. Drywall continued to be placed in the lobby area and in the new information area and soffits. Work has begun on the wiring for the overhead lights and the removal of old ceiling tiles in Public Radio East.
VOLT Center – Workforce Development
The groundbreaking ceremony on August 15, 2017, officially marked the start of the VOLT Center project. City staff approved the re-use of the old 4.6-acre Electric Generation Plant and Warehouse site located on First Street in New Bern as a multi-use facility with a focus on fostering and incubating new businesses.Craven Community College Workforce Development (WFD) will use a portion of the space as a Regional Workforce Development Training Center. WFD will offer hands-on training, certifications, and other classes at the VOLT Center in areas such as small engine repair, manufacturing, and food service.
Mark Stevens, City Manager for the City of New Bern, said the VOLT Center will “facilitate business growth and retention for the City of New Bern.”
The new STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) Building will be located on the Havelock Campus. It will provide the infrastructure needed to educate and prepare students for high-demand, STEM-related careers. J.K.F. Architecture has been hired to create the plans for the new STEM building.
Godwin Memorial Library
The Godwin Memorial Library, located on the second floor of Barker Hall on the New Bern Campus, has modernized to best meet the needs of our students, faculty, and staff. The redesign features an inviting environment, collaborative work areas, and a modular multi-purpose room. The new library includes plenty of seating, tables, bring-your-own device stations, charging stations, study areas, teacher resource room, and over 15,000 books and 1,264 DVDs. The new classroom area also includes an 82-inch dual purpose interactive display. Collaborative technology is installed, and there are several 55-inch clear touch TVs.
The enlarged Testing Center, located adjacent to the new library on the second floor of Barker Hall on the New Bern Campus, will allow multiple tests to be administered simultaneously in both group and individual settings. The center will now include three labs for both large and small group testing, three individual testing rooms, and a reception area.The Testing Center has been set up for universal access. Wide aisles and ample space between computer tables allow students, faculty, staff, and guests to maneuver comfortably between tables. Each computer station includes an adjustable height monitor. The individual testing and study rooms offer adjustable lighting to accommodate a wide range of individuals, and motion sensors can automatically turn lights on and off.
Ribbon Cutting Ceremony
The ribbon cutting for both the Godwin Memorial Library and the Testing Center was held on February 5, 2018. There were many community members, faculty, staff and students in attendance. Jon and Karen Segal graciously donated the statue, “Two Kids on a Bench,” by Max Turner. The statue was placed outside the library entrance and unveiled during the ribbon cutting ceremony. Dr. Staats, Bill Taylor, Jon Segal, and Theron McCabe cut the ribbon, marking the official opening of the Library and Testing Center.