Facility Tours

Working with our partners at the state, county and local level, we have included new, behind-the-scenes facilities tours. Lace up your sneakers as several organizations open their doors for a walking tour of their campuses and showcase innovative approaches to sustainability, facilities design and community relationships.

William Neal Reynolds Coliseum The William Neal Reynolds Coliseum, home of NC State women's basketball, women's gymnastics, women's volleyball and wrestling, is one of the most tradition filled and exciting places in America to watch collegiate athletics. August 2016 saw the completion of the $35 million Reynolds Coliseum renovation and the Walk of Fame and History project. The competition floor has shifted a full half-court to the south end and seating capacity has been reduced from 8,300 to 6,000 to provide an intimate home court environment. New hospitality areas, restrooms, concessions, merchandise stands and other amenities await fans. All building systems have been overhauled, including the addition of new LED sport lighting. Air conditioning was turned on for the first time in the 67-year history of storied arena.

Adjacent to the iconic north lobby, the first third of the arena has been transformed into the Grand Hall and the heart of the new NC State Athletics Walk of Fame & History. Exhibits celebrating the rich history and tradition of Wolfpack athletics flow throughout the concourses of the arena.

UNC RexUNC REX is building a world-class heart and vascular hospital on its Raleigh campus, Rex Cardiac Center, which will provide treatment, rehabilitation, education, and prevention in one centrally-located facility. The $200M facility will be an eight story, 114-bed tower that consolidates REX's heart, vascular and stroke services in one location.

The Heart and Vascular Hospital, backed by UNC Health Care and staffed by Wake County’s leading physicians, will be the hub of a premier heart and vascular program in the Southeast and will open in early 2017.

NC Museum of HistoryAn affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution, the North Carolina Museum of History is located in downtown Raleigh, and welcomes 300,000 visitors annually.

Lonnie Poole Golf CourseThe Lonnie Poole Golf Course was designed by Arnold Palmer and the design team at Arnold Palmer Design Company (including Erik Larsen and Brandon Johnson, both NC State graduates) and is considered an outstanding public golf course in the Carolinas and a top collegiate golf course in the United States. The course has unique features that set it apart from other courses in the region. It represents the evolution in golf course architecture toward sustainability by fitting into and protecting the natural environment, leaning heavily on traditional Scottish designs while accommodating the natural landscape. Located on 250 acres, the golf course routing is dictated by large elevation changes.

Moore Square Magnet School Moore Square Magnet School is a collaborative learning community committed to providing a rigorous learning environment in the heart of downtown Raleigh, serving 500 students.

PNC Arena Opened in 1999, the $158 million, 700,000 square feet PNC Arena is a multi-surface, indoor arena that seats 20,000, including 66 luxury suites and 2,000 club seats. It is home to the Carolina Hurricanes of the National Hockey League and the NC State Wolfpack men's basketball team of NCAA Division I.

James B. Hunt Library The James B. Hunt Library anchors Centennial Campus’ Academic Oval. With 221,000 gross square feet, the LEED Silver level building is longer and wider than a football field, stretching roughly 460 feet in length and 180 feet at its widest point. The Hunt Library is 88 feet high at its tallest point, providing dramatic views of Lake Raleigh and the city skyline.

RDU Airport Raleigh-Durham International Airport (RDU) is the main airport serving Raleigh, Durham and the surrounding Research Triangle region of North Carolina. The airport covers 4,929 acres and serves more than 10 million passengers. In November 2008, construction began on the new 900,000 square foot facility, which opened in 2011.

Wake County Justince Center Completed in 2013, the $30 million Wake County Justice Center is an 11 story, 577,000 square feet LEED Silver certified building. It houses the county services for the more than 1 million residents of Wake County, with offices for the Board of Commissioners, Finance, Budget, Register of Deeds and Revenue, as well as 19 courtrooms.

WakeMed Hospital WakeMed Health and Hospitals was founded in 1961 and is an 870-bed healthcare system with 2 hospitals, 8 outpatient facilities and more than 8,000 employees serving the metropolitan Raleigh area. WakeMed’s largest, main campus in the downtown core of Raleigh houses 5 adult intensive care units, a same-day surgery center, two 24-hour emergency departments, one for adults and another for children, an 84-bed rehabilitation hospital, a Women’s Pavilion & Birthplace, a 36-bed neonatal intensive care nursery, physician practices through WakeMed Faculty Physicians, laboratories and diagnostic services.

Raleigh Memorial Auditorium Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts opened in 1932 to commemorate Raleigh citizens who died serving their country during World War I. Situated downtown at the southern end of Fayetteville Street, the Greek Revival structure is an architectural complement to the North Carolina State Capitol located a few blocks away at the northern terminus of the street.

NC Museum of Natural Sciences The North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences (NCSM) is located in downtown Raleigh and is the oldest established museum in North Carolina and the largest museum of its kind in the Southeast. It has about 1.2 million visitors annually. The museum's campus consists of 4 facets, 2 of which are located in downtown Raleigh, the Nature Exploration Center and the Nature Research Center. The museum is a division of the state Department of Natural and Cultural Resources.

E.M. Johnson Water Treatment Facility Treating 44 million gallons per day, with a maximum capacity of 60 million gallons per day, the E.M. Johnson Water Treatment Facility has 9 consecutive years of 100% compliance with a clean performance record. The city-owned and -operated facilities serve more than 160,000 residents and have received a Platinum XI Award issued by the National Association of Clean Water Agencies in 2012 and a LEED Silver certification for the Administration and Training facility.

Raleigh Union Station The Raleigh Union Station project is a multimodal facility planned for Downtown Raleigh’s Warehouse District. Phase I of Raleigh Union Station is currently under construction. This phase moves passenger rail services from the current Amtrak station on Cabarrus Street to an existing warehouse on Martin Street within the railroad wye. Subsequent phases of Raleigh Union Station are planned to accommodate additional inter-city and intra-state rail services, regional commuter rail, local and regional buses, taxis, bicycles, and other forms of transportation. When completed, the multimodal center will accommodate current and future demand for rail and transit services in our city.

Pullen Park Encompassing 66.4 acres, Pullen Park was the first public park in North Carolina and is now the 5th oldest operating amusement park in the U.S. and 14th oldest in the world. Richard Stanhope Pullen founded Pullen Park on March 22, 1887.

Dorothea Dix Campus On July 24, 2015, the City of Raleigh and the State of North Carolina completed the closing process for the city’s acquisition of 308 acres of the Dorothea Dix Campus. The purpose of the city’s acquisition of the property is to eventually plan and develop a new destination park.

Raleigh Aquatics Buffaloe Road Aquatic CenterOpened September 2012, the Raleigh Aquatics Buffaloe Road Aquatic Center has a three-story waterslide, lazy river, water vortex, water basketball, water volleyball and three lap lanes. The zero-depth entry has a tot-size play area including water tumble buckets, a water curtain and tot-size slide.

For nearly 160 years, the YMCA of the Triangle has served Wake, Chatham, Durham, Lee, Johnston, Orange and Pamlico counties, with 17 branches and three overnight camps. Since no two communities are identical, no two Ys are either. In every location, they bring people, just like you, together to learn, grow and thrive.