The new School of Education and Psychology Building is a three-story, 48,000 Sq. Ft. classroom and faculty office building at Elizabeth City State University. Located adjacent to the new campus entrance, the building functions as a gateway to this new and expanding part of campus. It supports traditional university programs for teaching and faculty offices as well as non-traditional community education during evening hours. The architectural concept is that of a rectangular volume from which spaces are strategically carved to form entry, lobby, group study rooms, and a central courtyard. The courtyard connects multiple entries and forms an academic quad that is the heart of the project. A colonnade on one side connects the courtyard to campus and leads to the main lobby entrance. Interaction and collaboration, as well as a sense of security and community, are encouraged through these connecting spaces. Openings in the simple masonry exterior reflect the programs they serve (individual space or group space) and change egress stairs into light filled communicating spaces. The courtyard is surrounded by glass to maximize interconnecting interior and exterior public spaces. Faculty offices are arranged on two levels above the entrance colonnade while group study rooms, the library and teaching environments are arranged on three levels on the opposite side of the courtyard. A three storied lobby and monumental stair anchor one end of the courtyard while the opposite end opens to the campus beyond.
The three-story building utilizes steel frame braced construction. High performance exterior cladding includes brick veneer, insulating curtainwall, and high albedo roofing membrane. Interior construction includes monumental stair hung from overhead structure, custom lighting, terrazzo flooring and built-in seating and recycle/trash stations. The project is one of North Carolina’s most energy efficient public buildings and a model for energy and water conservation. Utilizing 100 geo-thermal wells, an enthalpy wheel, high performance glazing and other advanced building systems, the design exceeded ASHRAE standards by forty-seven percent and was a pilot project for North Carolina's new energy requirement standards.