Eastern Wake Campus Master Plan

, Wake Tech Community College

Wendell, NC

Master Plan - close-up aerial view
View of quad from balcony
Master Plan Aerial view

The addition of the Eastern Wake Campus creates a unique location that helps serve the eastern Wake County region. Wake Tech Community College has a diverse enrollment of high school, reverse transfer, military veterans, and baby boomer students. The new campus is envisioned to provide resources and new training opportunities for the entire system and serve a specific area of the county that lacks educational opportunities.

The types of specialty programs planned for this location lend themselves to cross-disciplinary student engagement and the creation of unique training opportunities. The two primary programs that will occupy the campus are Public Safety, with a new simulation building, and Technology 4.0, which provides workforce training for future industry needs. The College is also interested in becoming a hub for partnership with the state’s Universities to extend their off-campus learning, particularly for advanced technologies.

The Master Plan encompasses 7 academic buildings and is centered around the student experience, how the campus can visibly signal commitment to the local community, and promote a Future-Forward orientation. The primary goals of the plan were to create state-of-the-art learning opportunities, establish a strong sense of place for students, faculty, and community, and provide orderly growth for the campus to meet future space needs in support of Wake Tech’s mission. The central core of the campus is composed around a helix shape that expresses a connection to nature by organizing buildings around a more organic landscape site area and provides views to a prominent natural wetlands area. The result of the study is a resilient framework plan with a full build out capacity of new academic buildings, a parking garage, and outdoor training areas for driver training, fire, rescue, and public safety.

Building Facts

  • 677,000 GSF of New Buildings
    • Public Safety 4.0
    • Student Services/General Education
    • Technology 4.0
    • Workforce Continuing Education
    • STEM
    • Business/IT
    • General Education
  • 607,800 SF of Outdoor Training Area

We think we can make a big difference here in eastern Wake. At Wake Tech, we don’t want to just be part of an economic recovery, we want to lead an economic resurgence for this region.

Dr. Scott Ralls President, Wake Tech Community College