Poulton Innovation Center (formerly Corporate Research I)
1021 Main Campus Drive

Poulton Innovation Center

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Location: Centennial Campus

Current Residents:

ABB, Inc.

Office of Technology Transfer

Research Innovation + Economic Development

Springboard Innovation Hub

Technology Incubator

Laboratory for Analytic Sciences

Built 1991

Sq. Footage 79,374

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Built in 1991, Corporate Research I was one of the first buildings built on Centennial Campus. It is a three story 79,374 gsf office building adjoining a high-bay warehouse/ research space. Current tenants include ABB, Office of Technology Transfer, Proposal Development Unit, and Technology Incubator.

On April 19, 2013, the University Board of Trustees unanimously approved the renaming of the building to Poulton Innovation Center in honor of Chancellor Bruce Robert Poulton who served as chancellor from 1982-1989.

Under Chancellor Poulton’s leadership, Centennial Campus was established in 1984. With his able direction and bold vision, the University developed a master plan for the campus, which has become a rich environment for corporate, governmental and non-profit partners to collaborate with NC State University.

Dr. Bruce Robert Poulton was born in Yonkers, New York in 1928. He was a dairy physiologist who had earned three degrees from Rutgers University, including a Ph.D. in Endocrinology in 1956. He served as Vice President of the University of Maine from 1971 to 1975, and Chancellor of the consolidated University of New Hampshire from 1975 to 1982.

Dr. Poulton became the tenth Chancellor of North Carolina State University in 1982, and was the third scientist to lead the institution. He secured the land and led the vision for the creation of the Centennial Campus. During Poulton's tenure, the university's research budget experienced a major expansion, and a substantial endowment was established. After stepping down as Chancellor in 1989, Poulton became director of the NCSU’s Literacy Systems Center.

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