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Bookstore will feature reading areas

By Terri Rorke
Photo Editor            

Starting this November, the UNCP community will only need to make one stop when searching for everyday needs thanks to the soon-to-be built Auxiliary Services Building.            

Whether patrons seek a textbook, a cup of coffee or mail, the new building will provide a central location for all of these items and more.

A construction worker enters the under construction Auxiliary Services building, scheduled to open in November. The building will house a spacious bookstore, including a coffee shop and a reading area with a fireplace.

Photo By Terri Rorke
A construction worker enters the under construction Auxiliary Services building, scheduled to open in November. The building will house a spacious bookstore, including a coffee shop and a reading area with a fireplace.
The building, located next to the English E. Jones Health and Physical Education Center, costs $4.1 million to construct.            

It will include a new bookstore, which should be about three times larger than the old one, according to the university’s architect and Facilities Planning and Construction Assistant Director W. Steve Martin.

The bookstore will have separate sections for different types of products.            

“You will actually have a chance to read a book there instead of picking one up and buying it.

"We’re trying to create a little atmosphere in there that is conducive to that,” Martin said.            

The bookstore will contain a sit down reading area with a fireplace, a textbook reservation section and a coffee shop, he said.

The under-construction building will also include the campus police station and the business services section where people can take care of tasks like processing Braves One Cards or sending mail, according to Martin.            

The Auxiliary Services building is funded by a $56 million higher education bond awarded to UNCP as a result of a 1999 Eva Kline and Associates study, Martin said.

The study was conducted to find deficiencies in UNC’s 16 campuses and ensure that each school enjoyed the same amenities.    
Today, UNCP’s bond funds about 10 major projects that are almost complete, he added.           

“[The study] was initiated to try to bring all the schools up to the same level.

“They categorized a lot of projects that were needed to bring us up to baseline standards.            

“It really wasn’t meant to match our growth. It was just meant to raise us up to where we should be: baseline.

"It really helped our campus out because we are growing so fast,” he said.            

For more information about Facilities Planning and Construction, go to http://www.uncp.edu/fpc/.

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