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Metcon has winning bid for UNCP’s Entrepreneurship Incubator


Metcon, Inc., has been named the general contractor for UNC Pembroke’s Entrepreneurship Incubator, the university’s most ambitious outreach project, which will house the university’s two business development units and nurture 8-12 new businesses.


Groundbreaking ceremonies for the business and economic development project will be held on Friday, October 24, at 2 p.m. at 202 Main Street, Pembroke, according to an announcement by Chancellor Kyle R. Carter.


The bid opening to renovate the 16,800 square-foot storefront was September 25. There were four bidders. Construction is on a 10-month timetable, and the building is expected to be ready for occupancy in August 2015.


“We’ve had the pre-construction meeting and everything went well,” said Steve Martin, assistant vice chancellor for Facilities Management. “We will issue a notice to proceed on October 13.


“I’m optimistic that the work will be completed ahead of deadline,” Martin said. “It’s going to be an outstanding building for UNCP and downtown Pembroke.”


Pembroke-based Metcon and its CEO Aaron Thomas, who is a 2000 UNCP graduate, have built several of the newest and largest buildings on campus, including Cypress Residence Hall, the University Center Annex and the Bookstore/Auxiliary Services building.


Metcon’s work also dots eastern North Carolina and includes several LEED Silver buildings and the “net-zero” Sandy Grove School in Hoke County.


“We are thrilled that a local company, headed by a UNCP alumnus, has won the construction bid for this signature project,” said Wendy Lowery, vice chancellor of UNCP’s Office of Advancement.


Metcon will completely renovate and rehabilitate two side-by-side downtown buildings. Asbestos abatement has been completed, and the building is an empty shell.


Included in the project are new plumbing, electrical, lighting, interior surfaces and roof work. A new storefront will be installed with window treatments. Inside, offices and spaces will be built for the Thomas Family Center for Entrepreneurship, the Small Business and Technology Center, a director, 10-12 new and emerging businesses, conference rooms and a reception area. A director for the incubator will be hired in January.


Two years in the making, the university will build the facility with $1.2 million in grants from the U.S. Commerce Department’s Economic Development Administration and North Carolina’s Golden Leaf Foundation. Fundraising from private donors and businesses yielded $210,000 to purchase the property.


“We’re very excited about this project,” Chancellor Carter. “It is going to be a beautiful facility when it’s finished.


“This is a win-win for the university and the town and region,” Chancellor Carter said. “We will assist new and existing businesses and give our students an opportunity for hands-on business education.”


The storefront incubator will house consultants from the Small Business and Technology Development Center, a statewide network, and Thomas Family Center for Entrepreneurship, the university’s privately funded academic and business development program.


“This is a terrific space,” said Dr. Ken Kitts, provost and vice chancellor for Academic Affairs. “This is a monument to town and gown relationships. The university is committed to economic development and the development of our students who will gain experience at the incubator.”



Scott Bigelow





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