BJAC Announces Successful Public Opening Of The North Carolina History Education Center

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  • Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill, NC (1888PressRelease) November 16, 2010 - Lou Jurkowski, FAIA and CEO at BJAC, pa (, an architectural firm offering professional services for specialized, complex institutional projects, has announced a highly successful four-day opening for the North Carolina History Center. Situated in the historic downtown of New Bern, the History Center is located at 529 South Front St., sited beautifully on the Trent River.

    Governor Bev Perdue was in attendance to celebrate the center's opening events which included free tours, music entertainment, craft seminars and a public symposium to name a few. Jennifer Amster, principal at BJAC, spoke on creating and building new interactive immersive museums in the United States. Her lecture was part of a two-day event featuring designers and architects who collaborated on the History Center.

    BJAC coordinated the design and construction of the Center, including the transformation and revitalization of the waterfront and 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 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 was excited to see the History Center open to the public," said Jurkowski. "It was a joy for us to be a part of such a meaningful and signification project for the New Bern Community, North Carolina and visitors to our state.

    -The 60,000 square-foot museum features the Mattocks Hall, the Cannon Gateway, the Regional History Museum, 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, FAIA, 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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