- The new building replaces Mendenhall Student Center, which opened in 1974.
- The Main Campus Student Center project includes the student center, a 720-space parking deck and chiller plant.
- The new student center is part of the $170 million ECU Student Centers Project that includes the Health Sciences Campus Student Center, which opened in May 2017.
- Groundbreaking for the new facility was held in November 2015
- 220,000 square feet, the equivalent of four and a half football fields
- Cost of approximately $122 million
- Electrochromatic glass allows windows automatically tint according to the weather.
- 14,000-square-foot grand ballroom that can hold 1,900 guests
- 250-seat black box theater
- 10,000-square-foot commons area
- Game room with three online gaming stations and nine billiards tables.
- Nine meeting rooms and multipurpose rooms
- Architectural and design aspects that incorporate ECU traditions, history and branding
- LEED certified
Trust me – our students are going to live in this space. This is a game changer. This will change the culture of our campus.”
-Dr. Virginia Hardy, vice chancellor for student affairs
Hardy said it will be the first building that prospective students and parents will see. “We expect enrollment to go up because of this building,” she said.
History and Traditions
- The history and traditions of ECU and eastern North Carolina were incorporated into many of the architectural and design elements of the new building.
- Coins are placed throughout the floor of the building depicting the various ECU mascots and logos used over the years.
- A large deck overlooking campus allows students to take advantage of the beautiful weather in eastern North Carolina.
- An outline of eastern North Carolina, including the state’s lighthouses and an X that marks the spot for Greenville, adds a unique touch to the grand ballroom floor.
- Pirate Nation will have the chance to view ECU sporting events on the Pirate Vision outdoor digital display.
“I feel like there’s a lot of open space, and I’m interested to find out what they’re going to do with that,” said Makaelyn Alston, who said she looks forward to Greek Life performances in the new building. “There’s a lot more space here; in Mendenhall we sometimes struggled to get a seat, so that should be better over here.”
“It’s very spacious, and it’s nice and organized,” said Zalena Horne, a junior majoring in education who said she expects to make more use of the new Student Center than she did Mendenhall. “It’s going to be very entertaining.”
“I love it,” Rod McClure, a sophomore from Charlotte, said about the new student center. “It’s big. I can’t wait for the new food court to open.”
Chrissy Jones, also a sophomore from Charlotte, said she also likes the new parking deck because additional parking was needed. “It’s something that doesn’t look like ECU anymore – it’s crazy,” Jones said.
Campus offices and organizations
- Student Government Association
- Student Activities Board
- CULTURE Board
- Women and Gender Office
- Student Activities and Organizations
- Greek Life
- Dr. Jesse R. Peel LGBTQ Center
- Ledonia Wright Cultural Center
- Leadership & Civic Engagement
- Central Ticket Office
- Dowdy Student Stores
- Central Reservations