UNC Asheville is building on its strong liberal arts foundation by renovating academic buildings, expanding spaces for the student experience and community engagement, and constructing apartment-style housing. Together these projects impact the heart of campus, creating state-of-the-art facilities to better serve students, welcome visitors, provide a home away from home, and enhance the learning environment.
For updates on current campus construction, visit the Campus Facilities Construction page.
Carmichael and Owen Halls
The Connect NC Bond provides $21.1 million to renovate and revitalize Owen Hall and Carmichael Hall, two buildings on UNC Asheville’s campus that have been in continuous use for 37 years and 50 years respectively, with no major renovations or improvements. The project will allow UNC Asheville to rethink and reinvent these spaces so that they combine to facilitate collaboration among multiple academic disciplines across campus, giving our students a competitive advantage as they join a modern workforce dependent on innovation and flexibility across disciplines. Funds from this bond will be used to renovate Carmichael and Owen Halls.
UNC Asheville’s first apartment-style housing will increase the available on-campus living options by almost 300-beds. Designed to foster community, the six buildings will feature four-, five- and six-bed configurations, with laundry rooms on site and full kitchens in each apartment. The sixth building, located closest to University Heights, will have a multipurpose room/visitors center, a fitness room and an apartment for the community director.
Located adjacent to Brown Hall, students living in the new residence hall will be less than a 10-minute walk to their classes. Adjacent parking is planned as part of construction project.
Highsmith Union renovations will bring the student experience to the front and center of the building, providing meeting spaces and open areas for student organizations, as well as an area to showcase a student art gallery and share the work of the Intercultural Center. Two fireplaces and a coffee shop will contribute to the warm and inviting atmosphere.
The project will include the design and construction of a large multi-purpose room as an addition between the existing Highsmith Union and Brown Hall, essentially “bridging” the two facilities. The multi-purpose room will provide direct access to Brown Hall for kitchen and catering operations as well.
Several offices will be relocated during the construction project, and administrative offices will be relocated to areas within the building that are less utilized by students.