The Mary M. Townes Science Building anchors a proposed master plan expansion to the west. The central lobby now serves as the primary entrance from the main campus and provides parking lots to the west of the building site. The configuration of the building contributes to easier flow of pedestrian traffic to and from the parking lots serving this and other buildings in ASSOCIATED FIRMCentex ConstructionCOST PER SQ FT$257.86FEATURED IN2006 Architectural Portfolio area. The siting of the building takes into consideration North Carolina Central’s plans to eventually expand the building to the west with additional research labs.
The construction of this building created 126,000 square feet of science and classroom space, including research and teaching labs, as well as general classroom space within the following departments: chemistry, biology, math and computer science, environmental science, geography, and physics. The building has been divided into wings by means of infrastructure intensity, wet and dry. The dry wing houses the classrooms and offices; the wet wing houses teaching and research labs.