The CHESS Building (The Communication and Health, Exercise & Sports Science) Building

Raleigh, North Carolina


Design Development Architects


Meredith College


13,120 sq.ft.

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Design team
Jim Sherrer, Jr. AIA (Principal In Charge); Tom Wells AIA, LEED AP (Project Architect); Trevor Cundiff (REVIT Modeler); Fluhrer-Reed (Structural); Crenshaw Consulting Engineers (MEP); Inland Construction Company-NC

In fall 2022, Meredith College proudly opened its newest academic/athletic building: Communication, Health, Exercise & Sport Sciences (CHESS). The decision to build this facility was based on increased enrollment in these areas of study.

Entering the building, one is immediately drawn to a water wall featuring the college’s insignia. The high ceilings and furnishings make this a popular gathering space for students.

The new facility houses instructional space for the growing communication program, including a news media studio, podcast studio, editing suite, and agency-style classroom. The Health, Exercise & Sport Science space offers a state-of-the-art physical testing lab and instructional space. Athletic offices are also housed here.

The CHESS building has several interior and exterior energy-saving features, including window and door frames insulated to prevent thermal transfer, roof insulation that is on average three times the basic building code requirement, LED lighting, daylighting, and a super-high-efficiency central air-cooling system.

This space allows for creativity, collaboration, and flexibility in the ever-changing landscape of communication in the digital age.

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