Feature: Terrell Building

last modified Jan 31, 2013 10:54 AM

The Terrell Building on Central Campus hasn’t always been known by that name. It also hasn’t always looked quite like it does today.

As part of the original master plan for CPCC, the Terrell Building was one of the first major construction projects for the new school. For the first several years of CPCC’s existence, most classroom and nearly all administrative services were housed in the Central High Building. With a large and growing student population, CPCC officials knew that expansion was essential for the future of the school, so from very early on, the Board of Trustees bought up parcels of land to the east of Central High in order to expand the campus.

By 1966, expansion could wait no longer. Funds and architectural plans for a new classroom building (the old Van Every Building) and an administration building were approved by the board. On December 15, 1966 groundbreaking ceremonies were held for the two new buildings. Members of the CPCC student government were the guests of honor and lined up with shovels ready as a show of the school’s commitment to putting students first.


Construction on the buildings took just over a year and they were dedicated by Governor Dan K. Moore and others at a public ceremony on March 24, 1968.

By early 1970, CPCC was again looking to expand its campus and begin the second phase of the master plan. This phase included plans for what would later become the Belk, Kratt, Taylor and Sloan-Morgan buildings as well as a child care center and additional parking. It also called for two more floors to be added to the new administration building. That’s right; when it was originally completed the Terrell Building was significantly shorter than it is now. Anticipating CPCC’s growth, the architect and trustees planned for the building to grow as the college did and designed a building that could easily be expanded.


Construction of the final two stories was completed in 1972. In August of that year, the building formerly known as the administration building was officially renamed. It was dedicated in honor of Edgar Terrell who had sat on the Board of Trustees since 1963.

Terrell Building

For many years, Terrell housed a variety of administrative services, including the president’s office and the trustees’ boardroom. Now, it serves as home to ITS and student services such as the Veterans Resource Center and Disability Services. In 2011, CPCC received the ‘Energy Efficiency Leader Award’ from Trane for its efforts to improve energy efficiency in five Central Campus buildings, including the Terrell Building.