UNC Charlotte in the news

UNC Charlotte in the news

UNC Charlotte starts the 2019-2020 school year with impressive numbers, a new leader for Big Data work, and several construction projects including the $101 million Science Building. Campus construction report The Recreation Center and and Science Building go up; Moore Hall comes down. And that’s not all. MORE Winning numbers UNC Charlotte released this report on student enrollment, achievement and other numbers (and the numbers look good!). MORE Helping harness big data Meet Doug Hague, the new leader who help steer the university’s public-private big-data initiatives....
Fall fun for all in University City

Fall fun for all in University City

Good times abound in University City,especially in the next month! Here’s a look at our biggest autumn events, plus several smaller events as well.   Charlotte Kids Fest celebrates imagination, creativity and learning 11 am-4 pm Oct. 5 on Robert D. Snyder Road at UNC Charlotte University City comes alive for kids and kids-at-heart with this free celebration of imagination, creativity and learning – appropriately held on the UNC Charlotte campus. Dozens of learning activities, many of them led by university students, will challenge and entertain youngsters. Kids Fest also will include live performances and vendors selling food and beverages. The heart of Kids Fest near North Tryon Street is just a short walk from the J.W. Clay Blvd. LYNX station. We strongly encourage you to come by light rail. The campus also will provide free parking. Thanks to these Charlotte Kids Fest sponsors A free event this awesome takes many hands, starting with 2019 Title Sponsor TIAA. UNC Charlotte and University City Partners are the event’s presenting sponsors. Zone sponsors are Charlotte Area Transit System, Walmart, Atrium Health and Duke Energy. Sixteen other generous businesses and groups also provided crucial support. Click here for all of the Charlotte Kids Fest activities and schedule.   See the world at 44th Annual International Festival 10 am-6 pm Sept. 21 at UNC Charlotte’s Barnhardt Student Activity Center Spend all day Sept. 21 absorbing the cultures of more than 50 nations, as UNC Charlotte hosts the 44th annual International Festival. Much of the day’s activities are focused on national booths arranged in colorful marketplace style. International students and members of Charlotte’s international community...
LYNX update – more riders; deck rules; LYFT expands

LYNX update – more riders; deck rules; LYFT expands

Thinking of riding the LYNX? These changes and a reminder may smooth the trip: New riders: With UNC Charlotte back in session, be prepared for many more riders. New discount: LYFT has expanded its first-mile/last-mile discounts to include the University City Blvd. station area. Parking deck reminder: You can park for free in our two LYNX decks – unless you need to leave between 3 and 6 pm weekdays. Here are the details. More 49ers aboard! Don’t be surprised by the sudden surge in riders aboard the LYNX light-trail trains, even late at night. Nearly all of UNC Charlotte’s 30,000 students get a transit pass that lets them ride all light-rail trains and CATS buses. The cost is included in the students’ mandatory fees as a way to reduce the demand for campus parking. Faculty and staff can get a big break on LYNX and bus fares, as well.   Lyft expands first-mile/last-mile ride discounts to University City Blvd station area Light-rail riders needing to reach destinations near the University City Blvd LYNX station can now take advantage of a special first-mile/last-mile discount from Lyft, the on-demand transportation service. The service, already available at the JW Clay Blvd and Parkwood stations, provides a $4 discount on Lyft rides between the stations and nearby destinations. The goal of the program is to provide affordable and reliable transportation via LYFT to busy destinations near the stations but too far away to reasonably reach by walking. Click here to learn how to access the program.   Reminder: Parking in decks will cost – if you leave 3-6 pm weekdays While most LYNX...
Under Way: Campus conference center, science building and more

Under Way: Campus conference center, science building and more

The crane looming over the ATAPCO apartment building on North Tryon Street is the biggest sign by far of a building boom across University City – but hardly the only one. Here’s a rundown of major projects under way at UNC Charlotte, including the conference center and hotel, science building, and campus recreation center. More “Under Way” reports: Hospitality, dining, shopping and greenway Office building renovations and major upfits Apartments and townhomes Marriott hotel and campus conference center – North Tryon Street at J W Clay LYNX station. Site clearing and blasting started recently for the 24,000-square-foot conference center and full-service 226-room Marriott Hotel. Total cost is $84 million. Completion is expected in late 2020. More Campus Recreation Center – Craver Road beside Popp-Martin Student Union. The new facility for student activities will offer indoor and outdoor pools, four multi-purpose courts, exercise equipment on four levels and 5 studios for fitness activities. The center will open in fall 2019. More New science building – The May 31 groundbreaking ceremony for the university’s $90 million science building featured a fitting “salute” of exploding chemicals. The building is under construction at Craver and Mary Alexander Roads. The facility will have 130,000 sf of classrooms and labs and will replace existing science facility erected in 1984. More Gage Undergraduate Admissions Center – University City Boulevard. The 18,000-square foot admissions center, located near the main campus entrance, will be a hub for visitors and prospective students when it opens later this year. This will be the starting point for campus tours and student orientation. Veterans Park – On University Road beside Memorial Hall,...
Here’s the latest on campus building boom

Here’s the latest on campus building boom

UNC Charlotte’s building boom continues to transform the campus of North Carolina’s fastest growing state university. Dozens of projects large and small include the long-awaited new science building (set to open in 2021), a $66 million recreation center and a much-improved campus entrance on North Tryon Street. Among the major projects, the science center, costing $101 million, will replace Burson Hall, built in the 1980s. That building, in turn, is undergoing a major renovation. The $66 million recreation center, located near the Popp Martin Student Union, will provide much needed space for health, wellness and fitness services. The center is set for opening next fall. An expansion of the nearby Union Deck was recently completed. The university’s North Tryon Street entrance is getting a makeover. When finished this spring, the entrance will aesthetically match the main campus entrance on University City Boulevard. A building rising along University City Boulevard will house the campus’s greatly expanded admissions and visitors center. The building will open this spring. Learn more Read the most recent campus construction report.See progress reports of all projects costing $500,000 or...
Join us Dec. 6 for University City 2.0 – Building a City in the City

Join us Dec. 6 for University City 2.0 – Building a City in the City

University City is in the midst of incredible change. Guiding that change for maximum benefit to our community will require bold vision, thoughtful planning, and creative design. Urban-design expert David Dixon will share ideas for navigating the sea change on Dec. 6 at University City 2.0 – Building a City in the City. The free public event, presented by University City Partners and Charlotte Research Institute, will take place 5-7 pm Dec. 6 at UNC Charlotte’s PORTAL Innovation Hub.   About David Dixon Dixon leads the Urban Design team at Stantec, a multi-faceted company providing community planning, architectural design, engineering and related services worldwide. In Charlotte, the Urban Design team is helping master-plan and develop the $700 million Brooklyn Village mixed-use neighborhood in Second Ward. Stantec also helped create Charlotte’s South End Vision Plan. Dixon also is co-editor of “Suburban Remix: Creating the next generation of Urban Places,” and co-author of “Urban Design for an Urban Century: Placemaking for People.”   About University City 2.0 University City 2.0 is a Charlotte Research Institute and University City Partners signature reception and guest speaker event for area businesses and business partners, civic and economic development leaders, and UNC Charlotte faculty and staff. The Dec. 6 event will begin with the Charlotte Research Institute winter reception from 5-6 pm. The guest-speaker program will start at 6 with remarks by Dixon. After his remarks, Mr. Dixon will be joined by City of Charlotte Director of Planning, Design and Development Taiwo Jaiyeoba and Assistant City Manager for Economic Development Tracy Dodson for a panel discussion and open Q&A exchange.   Want to attend? The...