Pisgah House, which opened in early February 2010, is a new, multi-purpose facility that
serves as the
residence for current and future UNC Asheville Chancellors, and as a
location for University-hosted meetings, receptions, dinners, programs
and performances. Pisgah House, its grounds and its access drive are
located on two acres of the 50-acre property owned by the University
that is bordered by W.T. Weaver Boulevard and Broadway. The access drive
intersects with the entrance road to the USDA Forest Service
Southern Research Station.
Pisgah House is a privately funded project of the UNC Asheville
Foundation. No state funds were used for construction of Pisgah
House, other than the $600,000 in net proceeds from the sale of the
Macon Avenue home that had served as the chancellor's residence since
1966. Construction was paid for through private donations that have
been given specifically for this project.
Each campus in the University of North Carolina
system is required to provide a residence for its chancellor. UNC
Asheville began planning for a new chancellor's residence in 1997,
because the single-family Macon Avenue house then in use was not designed to
accommodate official University functions. The Macon Avenue home was
sold in 2005 and Pisgah House design began later that year.
The two-story Pisgah House is 6,333 square feet, with the first-floor multi-purpose
area occupying just over 4,300 square feet and the second-story chancellor's
residence occupying about 2,000 square feet. Project construction
totaled $2.5 million. Additional costs for furnishings and landscaping
brought the project total to $2.9 million. Construction began in October 2007 was
completed in January 2010.
Below is information
concerning the construction process. A detailed Q&A can be seen at:
http://www.unca.edu/news/PisgahHouseQ&A.html. If you have
additional questions now or at
any time during construction, we
invite you to contact UNC Asheville's Campus Operations Office at
Road Access: The
driveway to Pisgah House is located just off Weaver Boulevard and intersects with the entrance road to the USDA Forest Service
Southern Research Station. The Forest Service entrance road will be open
to normal traffic throughout construction. There will not be road access
to Pisgah House through the North Street-Nantahala Street-Dortch Avenue
neighborhood. You can see a site map at
Access: The public will continue to have full access to the
extensive walking and biking trail system on the property during and
after construction. Because of safety issues, portions of the trail
passing closest to the Pisgah House were redirected before
construction began. The trail system continues to provide access to W.T. Weaver Boulevard. To see a trail system map, go to
Details: The Hendersonville-based firm
Ken Gaylord Architects/Black
Hawk Construction has oversight of the Pisgah House project.
Construction crews are typically on site Mondays through Fridays,
although as with any construction project, there will be occasions when
Saturday work is required. Construction hours are expected to be 7 a.m.
to 5 p.m., but may on occasion extend to 7 p.m. All operations will
fully comply with the City of Asheville Noise Ordinance (Article IV,
Section 10-84.11). The project also fully complies with erosion and
sedimentation control site requirements of the N.C. Department of
Environmental and Natural Resourcesí Division of Land Resources. Because
Pisgah House is being built on state-owned land, the North Carolina
State Construction Office and the North Carolina Department of Insurance
have jurisdiction over construction inspections.