Anonymous donor funds COA’s ‘Keeper Richard Etheridge Lobby’

By on March 25, 2021

Keeper Richard Etheridge (provided by the Pea Island Preservation Society, Inc.).

College of The Albemarle (COA) Foundation is pleased to announce a donation for its emerging capital campaign that will secure the naming of a lobby within the new academic building at COA-Dare.

The major gift, acquired through an anonymous donation, will designate the second-floor lobby the “Keeper Richard Etheridge Lobby.” The naming is a tribute to Richard Etheridge, the second keeper of the Pea Island lifesaving station and the first black man to command a lifesaving station in the United States. He was appointed in January of 1880 and served in this role until his death in May 1900. Station Pea Island was the only unit in the history of the US Life-Saving Service manned by an all-black crew.

“Etheridge’s story is an important and compelling part of the history of Dare County, yet unfortunately many who live in and visit the area still do not know it,” shared Joan Collins, director, outreach and education, Pea Island Preservation Society, Inc. “Naming the COA lobby in his honor will help to raise awareness and in a particularly relevant way, a way that connects Etheridge’s life to education. Being taught to read and write as an enslaved person played a key role in Etheridge’s success and the accomplishments of Station Pea Island, the station he commanded. I am thankful and appreciative he is receiving recognition in this special way.”

“Keeper Richard Etheridge’s extraordinary accomplishments should be recognized to inspire us and generations to come,” said Clark Twiddy, COA Foundation resource committee.

COA Foundation’s emerging capital campaign’s goal is to raise $1.2 million dollars for furniture, fixtures, equipment, and future programs for new building construction at COA-Dare and COA-Currituck. For more information on the emerging capital campaign, contact Amy Alcocer, executive director, COA Foundation, at 252-335-0821 ext. 2263 or


Barnhill Building Group has been selected as the Construction Manager @ Risk by the College of the Albemarle and is seeking to pre-qualify construction trade contractors to submit bids for the furnishing labor, materials, equipment, and tools for the new College of The Albemarle – Allied Health Sciences Simulation Lab (COA Health Sciences) located in Elizabeth City, NC. Please note: Only subcontractors who have been prequalified by Barnhill will be able to submit a Bid.

The project consists of the new construction of a 38,000-sf, 2-story expansion to the existing Owens Health Sciences Center and will house classrooms, labs, and a simulation lab. The site is just over just over 4.5 acres and is located on an active campus. This new construction will be a steel structure with a brick and metal panel veneer, curtainwall, and storefront glazing with a PVC roof membrane.

Principal trade and specialty contractors are solicited for the following Bid Packages:

BP0100: General Trades

BP0105: Final Cleaning

BP0390: Turnkey Concrete

BP0400: Turnkey Masonry

BP0500: Structural Steel & Misc. Steel

BP0740: Roofing

BP0750: Metal Panels

BP0790: Caulking / Caulking

BP0800: Turnkey Doors/Frames/Hardware

BP0840: Glass & Glazing

BP0925: Drywall

BP0960: Resilient Flooring

BP0980: Acoustical Ceilings

BP0990: Painting & Wallcovering

BP1005: Toilet Specialties / Accessories / Division 10

BP1010: Signage

BP1098: Demountable Partitions

BP1230: Finish Carpentry and Casework

BP1250: Window Treatment

BP1400: Elevators

BP2100: Fire Protection

BP2200: Plumbing

BP2300: HVAC

BP2600: Turnkey Electrical

BP3100: Turnkey Sitework

BP3290: Landscaping

Packages may be added and/or deleted at the discretion of the Construction Manager. Historically underutilized business firms are encouraged to complete participation submittals.

HUB/MWBE OUTREACH MEETING: Barnhill Building Group will be conducting a HUB/MWBE Informational Session. You are encouraged to attend the following session to learn more about project participation opportunities available to you. These seminars will help to: Learn about project and scope; Inform and train Minority/HUB contractors in preparation for bidding this project; Assist in registration on the State of North Carolina Vendor link; Stimulate opportunities for Networking with other firms. Location and time TBD. Please visit our planroom at for more information.

Interested contractors should submit their completed prequalification submittals, by July 22, 2024, to Meredith Terrell at or hardcopies can be mailed to Barnhill Contracting Company PO Box 31765 Raleigh, NC 27622 (4325 Pleasant Valley Road, NC 27612).


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