The vision of the Talley Renovation and Addition is to reinvigorate the College Union idea at NC State. As a central place for community building on campus, Talley Student Union will be hub for quality, student-life experiences. As we begin to open parts of this phased project, each additional service, venue, space, department and activity will bring this vision to life. When finally completed 2015, people, programs and services will come together to use the student union, strengthening our campus community but also providing a place committed to student success.

Learn more about our building blocks to the Talley Student Union:

A Foundation for Student Life

Talley Student Union is a foundation for student life at NC State, providing extracurricular opportunities, employment and academic resources that will propel students to success.

Students can make a difference on campus with assistance from one of the nine departments from Student Leadership & Engagement and the Office of Institutional Equity & Diversity, which will be housed in Talley and anchored by the involvement center. The James H. Woodward Student Involvement Center supports more than 600 student organizations — including Student Government and the Union Activities Board — and serves as a critical starting point for creating a meaningful co-curricular experience at NC State. Talley Student Union is also home to the student governance activities such as the Student Centers Board of Directors, which ensures that both the facilities and the social and cultural programs are operated in students’ best interest.

Students are also present in Talley Student Union as part of a vibrant student employment program preparing students with transferable skills that help them in the classroom and the workplace. These student employment opportunities include management and technical positions as well as support roles. Campus Enterprises currently employs more than 500 NC State students, and 50 of those students are employed in one of four student centers. This number will grow as Talley expands; hundreds of employees and student leaders from various departments and divisions, will volunteer in and work to manage the facility when construction is complete. Through these employment opportunities are a concrete way students can enhance their learning, improve their success, and provide ownership of the Talley Student Union.

“The heart of the union is not locked in the steel and concrete of a building, but rather in the Union organization. The Union building is merely the instrumentality through which the union idea is accomplished.

Gerald O.T. Erdahl, Director, NC State College Union, 1949-1961

Talley Student Union seeks to live up to this idea by providing spaces and venues for students, faculty, staff and the Wolfpack community that encourage collaboration, foster learning and provide a welcoming atmosphere. With vibrant art, natural light, comfortable furniture and amazing views, our goal is to provide a place to help build and strengthen the campus community.

Whether it’s a presentation in the 1200-seat ballroom, a student governance meeting in the Senate Chamber or a student organization meeting in a 10-seat conference room, Talley Student Union has meeting space to suit a variety of needs. These flexible spaces are equipped with furniture and technology that encourage collaboration and assist in providing a quality experience for the presenter and audience.

But there’s more! A sense of community is often built over a cup of coffee or scoop of ice cream! Many of our dining venues double as lounges to maximize flexibility and provide study space in off-peak hours. From fireplace lounges to individual and group lounges overlooking the Thomas H. Stafford, Jr Commons, and everything in between, you’ll have a space to fit almost any need.

Advancing Sustainability

Core to the vision of this facility is to be sustainable and environmentally friendly. We are not only committed to sustainability but also to advancing sustainability on campus. Our society and students demand responsible stewardship of our environmental resources, and our goal in the Talley Student Union is to be a leader in sustainable initiatives.

Not only is the Talley Student Union expected to be LEED Silver Certified with a variety of building features to accomplish this goal, but the operations within the building also raise the bar. From composting to green cleaning, you can expect to find a variety of ways we are helping the university achieve the vision of sustainability.

“To advance sustainability into the culture, mission, and activities of the university and to become nationally recognized for its successes.” – Office of Sustainability

So bring your refillable water bottle and stop by Talley Student Union to see education and sustainability in action!

A Dynamic Culinary Experience

The new Talley Student Union has an exciting lineup of new dining options, starting with four quick-service restaurants, a convenience store, gourmet bakery and ice cream shop. Learn more about these venues, along with the restaurants that will debut as spaces are completed from now through early 2015.
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Catering That Will Make Your Guests Rave!

Rave! Catering is excited to announce its permanent location within the Talley Student Union. We invite you to join the Rave! experience and allow us to tailor our offerings to meet your needs. The team at Rave! brings culinary excellence to every event through a wide variety of menus. We use only the finest ingredients and are committed to fostering a culinary experience that our clients are proud to host.
02Rave! is the exclusive caterer for all events held at Talley Student Union and the Vaughn Towers Complex at Carter-Finley Stadium.

A Vast Array of Programs and Activities

Talley Student Union will offer a vast array of programs and activities for students at NC State. From informal activities occurring daily to programs put on by one of the 600+ student organizations, Talley Student Union aims to be a place for students to come, connect and enhance the community at NC State.

The Union Activities Board, which will be housed in Talley, hosts several events throughout the year and has initiated a new Late Night Programs committee. Students will be able to take a break from studying and enjoy an evening of fun in one of the many venues Talley has to offer or though one of the many events hosted by student organizations.

Wolfpack fans can show their school spirit during athletic events, which will be televised on the big screen in the Pavilions Dining and Lounge. Talley Student Union will be a required destination for the gameday experience. Whether its cheering on your favorite women’s team next door at Reynold’s Coliseum, Dail Softball Stadium or Dail Soccer Field or rooting for our away teams, Talley Student Union is your place to grab a pre/post game meal or pick up the latest Wolfpack gear at the brand new Bookstore.

Finally, the outdoor Thomas H. Stafford, Jr. Commons is sure to be a favorite spot with great green space, outdoor and covered seating, and a terrace overlooking the lawn. The Stafford Commons can also be reserved for student organizations to use for events, creating a hub of activity on central campus.

About the Architects

NC State University selected Durham, NC-based Duda/Paine Architects, LLP, as lead design firm for the project. The firm has an international portfolio of corporate, commercial and institutional commissions. Turan Duda, who earned his bachelor of environmental design in architecture at NC State University, is the lead design principal for the project.

Additional key consultants on the design team include:

Facts and Figures


  •   Spring 2011: Harrelson Hall upfitted to serve as interim student center and home to main location of NC State Bookstores
  •   June 2011: Bookstore and first relocated student center occupants move to Harrelson Hall
  •   August 2011: Groundbreaking; existing bookstore and outdoor commons area demolished in preparation for phase I construction
  •   Early 2012: Remaining relocated student center occupants move to Harrelson Hall; phase I construction begins
  •   Late 2012: Stewart Theatre closes for renovation
  •   June 2013: Phase II (renovation of existing structure and new construction on south side of building) begins
  •   Fall 2013: Phase I-A is complete: Lounge area, gaming area, information services and four foodservice operations are put into service, and renovated building opens
  •   Early 2014: Phase I-B is complete: Ballroom, meeting rooms, Senate Chamber, administrative offices and main kitchen are put into service
  • Spring 2015: Phase II is complete: Main location of NC State Bookstores and remaining offices, meeting rooms and lounge areas are put into service

Cost and Funding

  • Budget: $120 million
  • Project will be funded by student fees, rental revenue from retail operations, and other sources
  • Student fee is phased in over several years and is capped at $290/year
  • Efforts are under way to identify additional sources of funding, which may allow debt service fee to be reduced

Benefits of Renovation

  • Expanded food-service operations
  • Expanded main location of NC State Bookstores
  • Larger, more flexible Grand Ballroom
  • More outdoor green space
  • Three times more meeting space
  • More lounge areas, featuring Wi-Fi access and plentiful power outlets
  • Improved information services, audiovisual capabilities and security


  • LEED Silver certification
  • Green roofs will reduce “heat island” effect
  • 50,000-gallon cistern will harvest rainwater for irrigation
  • High-performance glazing will prevent heat infiltration
  • Steam-recovery turbine will generate electricity from conversion of high-pressure steam to low-pressure steam as it enters building

Information Services

  • Interactive touchscreen kiosks on floors 2 through 5 will provide building and campus information
  • Electronic billboard displays will connect to NC State’s cable TV feed for game watches or emergency news
  • Collaboration areas will enable small groups to connect laptops, mobile phones or other electronics
  • Printers activated for WolfPrint FollowMe Printing throughout building

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PHONE: 919-515-3138
ADDRESS: 2610 Cates Avenue
Raleigh, NC 27695

Building Hours:

Summer Hours:
Monday – Friday:
7:30 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Saturday & Sunday: 10:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.