BJAC Releases Podcast on North Carolina History Center at Tryon Palace

Principal Jennifer Amster Discusses What Improvements the Multiyear Project Will Bring to New Bern.

Raleigh, NC, September 29, 2011 --( Dan Fields, AIA, principal and CMO at BJAC, pa (, an architectural firm offering professional services for specialized, complex institutional projects, has announced the release of a podcast regarding BJAC’s work on the North Carolina History Center at Tryon Palace in New Bern and. In this podcast, principal Jennifer Amster discusses the history of the project, some of the difficulties that appeared during the planning and construction phases, and how BJAC focused on improving the property through sustainable design. This podcast can be found at:

“The new North Carolina History Center at Tryon Palace is an innovative, sustainable, state-of-the-art history museum that redefines the visitor experience through interactive exhibits in an open and exciting facility,” said Amster. “The project represents an outstanding collaboration between museum staff, the New Bern community, and all members of the diverse, national design team to create an engaging and environmentally cultural resource for generations to come.”

- The North Carolina History Center opened in October 2010. Situated in the historic downtown of New Bern, the History Center is located at 529 S. Front St., sited on the Trent River.

- BJAC, in coordination with Quinn Evans Architects, led the design and construction of the center, including the transformation and revitalization of the waterfront and extensive site design and innovative exhibits. The building’s design is modeled after the grid pattern of the New Bern town plan created in 1710, including the wharves and warehouses that once filled the downtown harbor, and the regional 19th and early 20th century commercial architecture.

- As a green-designed project, the History Center is targeting LEED® Silver certification by the U.S. Green Building Council. Its design features wetlands to filter stormwater runoff, an underground cistern to capture rainwater for irrigation and replenishment of wetlands, and many regional and recycled building materials.

-The over 60,000-square-foot museum features the Mattocks Hall, the Cannon Gateway, the Regional History Museum, the Pepsi Family Center, the Cullman Performance Hall, the Duffy Gallery and other visitor amenities.

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About BJAC:
Architectural firm BJAC, pa, offers professional services for specialized, complex institutional projects. The firm provides design expertise to healthcare, K-20 education, research, museum and municipal clients, along with a broad range of in-depth services, including architectural design, pre-design, programming, design, master planning, interior design, construction management, contract administration and design build. Established in 1994 by CEO and Managing Principal Lou Jurkowski, FAIA, BJAC is one of the largest woman-owned architectural design firms in the Southeast, with offices in Raleigh and Charlotte. In 2010, BJAC was awarded Firm of the Year by the North Carolina Chapter of The American Institute of Architects (AIANC). Most recently, the firm was awarded the 2011 Pinnacle Steady Growth and Profitability Master Award by the Greater Raleigh Chamber of Commerce. For more information, please call BJAC at (919) 833-8818 or visit

About Tryon Palace:
Tryon Palace’s mission is to engage present and future generations in the history of North Carolina from early settlement and development of statehood through the mid-20th century by collecting, interpreting and preserving objects, buildings, landscapes and events that enrich understanding of the making of our state and nation. For more information, visit

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