Talley Student Union, North Carolina State University

Raleigh, NC

The project provides the NC State community with approximately 290,000 gsf of improved and expanded space for student organizations, meeting and event spaces, informal lounge and gathering areas, and retail venues. The existing 1972 structure was completely re-imaged, with only the 800-seat performing arts theatre remaining intact. A new 4-story atrium was carved from the existing structure, linking all the major program areas in the building. Additions engage every face of the existing rectangular form, providing much-needed room for growth and strong connections to the surrounding campus from all sides. The building is home to most of the student organization and student government offices on campus, Arts NC State, Stewart Theatre, Student Affairs administration, 12 dining concepts on three floors, a 12,000-sf ballroom, 13 meeting rooms, the campus print/copy shop, and the NC State Bookstore, with a robust support infrastructure. The first phase of the building opened February 2014 and includes most of the dining venues, the ballroom, several meeting rooms, and the print/copy shop, with the remainder of the project opened in early 2015. Duda|Paine Architects is the Architect in association with Cooper Carry as Interior Architect.

project scope

127,500 SF renovation; 162,500 SF addition


North Carolina State University


  • 2016, Architectural Woodwork Institute National AWI Award of Excellence
  • 2016, ENR Southeast Award of Merit
  • 2016, Association of College Union International (ACUI) Facility Design Award
  • LEED v4: Recertification, Gold
  • LEED v3 BD+C: New Construction, Silver
You may think you know the impact of this change, but let me tell from my long term perspective, this is the most game changing facility this university has seen in the last 50+ years. The TSU influence will ripple through this campus for years to come… — NC State Vice Chancellor for Finance and Administration Charles Leffler.