College of The Albemarle submits recommendation for health sciences architect to state construction office

College of The Albemarle (COA) is pleased to announce that Clark Nexsen, Raleigh-based architecture and engineering firm, will be recommended to the North Carolina State Construction Office as the lead for the college’s new health science simulation expansion project.

The COA Board of Trustees approved the Building and Grounds Committee’s recommendation of Clark Nexsen during their October 11, 2022, Regular Meeting.

Clark Nexsen has completed projects for COA previously with impeccable results.  They have extensive design experience for allied health and school of nursing facilities.  They have completed projects for Wake Technical Community College, Western Carolina University, the University of Virginia and many others.  The team at Clark Nexsen understands the community and the college from various COA projects they have led.

“We are so pleased to have this selection process complete and the recommendation ready for the state’s consideration,” shared Dr. Jack Bagwell, COA President.  “College of The Albemarle is ready to begin construction on the new health sciences facility as soon as possible.  Our community and the surrounding communities depend on us greatly to provide quality candidates for many healthcare-related employment needs in our service area and beyond.”

Currently, COA’s nursing programs are taught in facilities originally designed to serve a much smaller number of students with simulation centers that do not meet the program’s needs. COA has been recognized as having the number one registered nursing program among colleges and universities in North Carolina by COA nursing students must have simulation centers that meet the current training requirements, accommodate the growing number of students served and meet the healthcare employment needs within our communities.

James Davison, Chief Operations Officer for COA, shared, “I anticipate receiving approval from the state on our recommendation of Clark Nexsen.  They are a highly reputable firm with much to offer for designing and constructing our health sciences simulation expansion facility.  We have full confidence they will work alongside us, ensuring this facility meets the needs of the college and the community.”

“Our Clark Nexsen Design Team is thrilled to partner with College of The Albemarle in designing a best-in-class academic building, training the next generation of health care professionals, while supporting the health and wellness of the community,” shared Chad Roberson, Principal, Clark Nexsen.

For information, please contact Tammy W. Sawyer, COA Director of Communications and Marketing, at or 252.335.0821 ext. 2420.