Civil, Construction, and Environmental Engineering looks forward to another move
Before moving to its current location in Mann Hall, what is now referred to as the Department of Civil, Construction, and Environmental Engineering (CCEE) called a number of spaces home, according to Dr. David Johnston, Edward I. Weisiger Distinguished Professor Emeritus in CCEE and author of a history of the department.
Civil engineering at NC State is as old as the university itself: Fundamentals of civil engineering was part of the mechanics curricula, one of two available to students when the North Carolina College of Agriculture and Mechanic Arts first enrolled students in the fall of 1889.
A civil engineering department was established in 1895 and was first housed in the Mechanics Building, which was eventually torn down in 1927 to make room for Peele Hall. Then came stops in Primrose Hall starting in 1906 and Winston Hall beginning in 1910.
A new facility named the Civil Engineering Building opened in 1928 and was expanded in the early 1950s as GI Bill students flooded campus after World War II. That building, renamed Mann Hall in 1956 in honor of civil engineering alumnus, professor and department head Carroll Lamb Mann, is now called Daniels Hall and is home to the Edward P. Fitts Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering (ISE).
Construction of what is now called Mann Hall began in April 1962 and the first classes were offered in the building in the spring of 1964. In its 50 years in the “new” Mann Hall, CCEE has more than doubled in size and also occupies space in other buildings on Main and Centennial Campuses.
These photos show crews constructing the current Mann Hall in 1964 and the finished building in 1965. The department hopes to be moving to a new home in a few years: the Engineering Oval building planned for Centennial Campus. CCEE will share space in the new facility – the fourth engineering academic building on Centennial Campus – with ISE and the dean’s administration.
Learn more about Engineering Oval and the March 15 Connect NC statewide bond referendum that would help fund its construction if voters give their approval.