BJAC Announces Public Opening Of The North Carolina History Education Center

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  • Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill, NC (1888PressRelease) October 23, 2010 - Lou Jurkowski, FAIA and CEO at BJAC, pa (, an architectural firm offering professional services for specialized, complex institutional projects, has announced that the North Carolina History Center will open publicly on Oct. 22. Located in the historic downtown of New Bern, the History Center is located at 529 South Front St., sited beautifully on the Trent River.

    BJAC coordinated the design and construction of the Center, including extensive site design and innovative exhibits. The building's design is modeled after the grid pattern of the New Bern town plan created in 1710, including the wharves and warehouses that once filled the downtown harbor, and the regional 19th and early 20th century commercial architecture.

    As a green-designed project, the History Center is targeting LEED Silver, a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification. Its design features wetlands to filter stormwater run-off, an underground cistern to capture rain water for irrigation and replenishment of wetlands, and many regional and recycled building materials.

    "After more than ten years of design, site preparation and construction, our team is extremely excited to see the History Center open to the public," said Jurkowski. "The Center offers a unique visitor experience, outstanding educational exhibits and a first-hand encounter with environmentally sustainable design."

    -The 60,000 square-foot museum features the Mattocks Hall, the Cannon Gateway, the Regional History Musuem, the Pepsi Family Center, the Cullman Performance Hall, the Duffy Gallery and other visitor amenities.

    Architectural firm BJAC, pa, offers professional services for specialized, complex institutional projects. The firm provides design expertise to healthcare, K-20 education, research, museum and municipal clients, along with a broad range of in-depth services, including architectural design, pre-design, programming, design, master planning, interior design, construction management, contract administration and design build. Established in 1994 by CEO and Managing Principal Lou Jurkowski, BJAC is one of the largest woman-owned architectural design firms in the Southeast, with offices in Raleigh and Charlotte. For more information, please call BJAC at (919) 833-8818 or visit

    Michelle Fowler
    MMI Public Relations
    (919) 233-6600
    michelle ( @ ) mmipublicrelations dot com

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