With an architectural team selected and searches underway for two key positions, advanced planning for the western campus of North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics is running ahead of schedule.

Chancellor Todd Roberts recently announced the selection of Durham-based firm, Duda|Paine Architects as the project lead. The firm was chosen from an initial field of 17 proposals, which was then narrowed to five finalists. A committee of NCSSM faculty, staff, alumni, UNC General Administration representatives, and stakeholders from Morganton, NC — where the school will be built — chose Duda|Paine from the final five candidates. The firm will work alongside an educational program consultant and a western campus director of planning, two positions that should be on board by early November, to help lead the advanced planning phase of the project, according to Roberts.

“These people will form the advanced planning team along with a committee of faculty and staff members, alumni, students, members of the business community, and UNC GA representatives. They’ll be working over the next 12 to 14 months to develop the educational program and the specific site,” Roberts says. The architectural team and two positions are being funded as part of the bond funding and planning funding allocated by the North Carolina General Assembly to design and plan the new school.

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