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Elizabeth City State University School of Education and Psychology

Elizabeth City State University School of Education and Psychology | Elizabeth City, North Carolina

The ECSU School of Education and Psychology is a three-story, 60,000-sq.-ft. higher education facility. DPR worked in conjunction with the University and the design team to deliver the maximum amount of facility despite a 7 percent budget cut handed down by the state due to the challenging economic climate. To do this, DPR found new and innovative ways to have the project purchased in phases so that it started on time and capitalized on earlier, lower construction costs. DPR also exceeded the HUB participation goal by attaining 19.2 percent HUB subcontractor participation.


  • Client Elizabeth City State University
  • Design Team The Freelon Group


The building consists of approximately half classrooms and half faculty and staff office space. Classrooms feature state of the art audio visual technology for distance learning classes. The building’s skin is comprised of two tone brick work, glass curtainwall and sunshades, and the design reflects the surrounding campus facilities as well as the landscape surrounding campus.

The final GMP, post-bid, came in under the original budgeted amount. The owner elected to add additional audio-visual scope into the project using the savings and supplemented the additional scope with additional owner contingency funds.

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