COA gets funding approval for new $25 million project

By on August 2, 2022

(College of The Albemarle)

ELIZABETH CITY- College of The Albemarle (COA) has received approval from the Pasquotank County Board of Commissioners for $11M to assist with the building of a health sciences expansion and simulation center.  This approval follows the state’s recent allocation of $12.5M in the adjusted state budget toward funding the center. COA will also utilize an additional $1.5M through the Connect NC Bond funds allocated to the college in 2016. The combined funding will support the total cost of the project which is approximately $25M.

The COA Board of Trustees established an ad hoc committee in October 2021 to determine what would best meet the needs of the ever-growing health sciences program at the college.¬† Currently, COA’s nursing programs are taught in facilities originally designed to serve a much smaller number of students with simulation centers that do not meet the needs of the program. COA has been recognized as having the number one registered nursing program among colleges and universities in North Carolina by¬†

It is imperative that COA nursing students have simulation centers that meet the current training requirements, accommodate the growing number of students served and meet the healthcare employment needs within our communities.  The ad hoc committee, under the leadership of Paul O’Neal, advocated for the facility expansion in which we are embarking on at this time.

Senator Bob Steinburg acknowledged the impact COA’s health sciences program has on the healthcare industry and he, along with Representative Bobby Hanig, championed for the college to receive the state funding needed to ensure our students are learning and practicing in state-of-the-art facilities. With the state funding half of the approximate $25M needed for the project, the Pasquotank County Board of Commissioners also recognized the tremendous need for the center and approved funding the remaining $11M to get the project underway.

“College of The Albemarle is appreciative of the support received from Senator Steinburg, Representative Hanig, and the entire North Carolina General Assembly in this effort,” stated Dr. Jack Bagwell, COA President. “Our Pasquotank Board of Commissioners have also demonstrated their unequivocal support of this facility expansion and recognize how critical the project is to ensure quality healthcare continues in this region.¬† We are extremely proud of the legislative and local government support in this endeavor and are committed to providing highly qualified healthcare professionals for our region and state.”


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: RooÔ¨Āng

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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