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Global Courtyard’s Transformation Complete

The Global Courtyard is a new outdoor space that can be enjoyed by the NC State community throughout the year. Construction of the space finished in March, but the finishing touches of the Global Courtyard were added shortly before the start of the fall semester – several months after the original completion date because of delays caused by the global pandemic.

The outdoor space before renovations

The newly renovated courtyard sits between Primrose and Tompkins Hall and marks a collaborative effort by numerous departments, campus units, and NC State students, faculty, and staff.

The Global Courtyard features NC State alumnus Heath Satow’s “Dream of Flight” sculpture as well as benches that were constructed with granite from Mt. Airy. The outdoor space includes a strong Wi-Fi signal as well as power outlets located throughout the courtyard. The outdoor space will serve an important function for the Office of Global Engagement because of its ability to host a wide range of events.

Installation of the “Dream of Flight” sculpture

The Global Courtyard can eventually hold up to 60-75 people, with moveable seating for 25-30 people, once pandemic restrictions are lifted. The division’s central office relocated to Primrose Hall in December 2017, and the courtyard provides an accessible space to hold NC State Global’s various events throughout the year.

The Global Courtyard is open for anyone from the NC State community to enjoy throughout the semester. Groups can also reserve the outdoor space for their use through the Office of Global Engagement.

An official dedication ceremony that was supposed to be held in March has been postponed until further notice.

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View of the Global Courtyard from Hillsborough Street