STAR Center treating nearly 200 cold-stunned turtles

By on December 29, 2022

Facility closed to public to make room for those patients

Update: The NC Aquarium on Roanoke Island reports that as of Dec. 28, it has accepted 194 cold-stunned sea turtles and the STAR Center remains closed to staff. Currently, we have all the supplies we need, thanks to our supporters. If you are interested in contributing donations, please visit our friends group, the NC Aquarium Society, or volunteer group Network for Endangered Sea Turtles (N.E.S.T.).


Two small green sea turtles warm up in a blue kiddie pool before being reintroduced to water in one of the rehabilitation pools. (NC Aquarium on Roanoke Island)

The NC Aquarium on Roanoke Island reported on Dec. 27 that its STAR (Sea Turtle Assistance and Rehabilitation) Center had received more than 50 new cold-stunned sea turtle patients over the previous two days. In order to make space for all of these turtles, the STAR Center will be closed to the public.

The Center also noted that not all stranded turtles are found alive. When these reptiles are very cold, they can appear dead, so all turtles found this time of year are brought to the STAR Center where more advanced examinations can confirm death. The turtle intake numbers reported below reflect both patients that arrived alive and those that did not survive their stranding.  As of today, STAR has received greens, Kemp’s ridleys, and loggerhead cold-stunned turtles.

Here is a breakdown of the basic condition of the turtles that have arrived at the Center in recent days.

12/25/2022: Live – 24, Dead – 16

12/26/2022: Live – 27, Dead – 3

12/27/2022: Live – 14, Dead – 3

For more information visit NC Aquarium on Roanoke Island’s STAR Center and their Facebook page.



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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