CHARLOTTE – Pfeiffer University is continuing to grow with the grand opening of its new Charlotte campus, a 26,440-square-foot space at 1515 Mockingbird Lane off Park Road.
The campus is inside Grubb Properties’ 1515 Montford Park building, formerly known as the Park Seneca building, which is undergoing a complete renovation. Pfeiffer is the anchor tenant and occupies three floors of updated space, while the rest of the building is home to various medical offices and a spa.
It is estimated that 400 students and 30 employees will use the campus each day.
“I’m excited that it moves us ahead,” Pfeiffer President Colleen Perry Keith said. “The other facility was tired. This has an upbeat vibe.”
Prior to the Montford Park building, Pfeiffer was across the street at 4701 Park Road for more than 20 years. However, seeking a more modern facility, the school sold the five-acre parcel in June to Crescent Properties and moved into the first two floors of the new space the same week. At the end of August, Pfeiffer moved its marriage and family clinic to the third floor.
The clinic is where students pursuing a graduate degree in marriage and family therapy complete their clinical hours. It is equipped with technology that allows student interns to be observed via camera by licensed counselors as they work with individuals, couples and families. Therapy services and workshops are available to the public at discounted prices.
Clinic Director Dr. Jenny Haines said the new space is a huge improvement from the clinic’s previous building, located less than a half-mile south on Park Road.
“We were like land-locked, space-locked there,” Haines said.
Now there’s enough room for 10 to 15 interns and approximately 150 clients.
In addition to the clinic, Pfeiffer’s new space has nine classrooms, a library and administrative offices. The classrooms and conference rooms are equipped with state-of-the-art technology such as smart boards, whiteboard walls and the ability to video chat with other departments and campuses.
Keith believes the new technology will prepare students for a successful future.
“It’s the kind of thing our students will see out in the workplace,” she said.
All of the furniture in the building is also moveable, meaning students and faculty can be nimble and adaptable and create learning spaces that foster collaboration.
“I just think it’s so cool,” Keith said. “When I walk in here, I feel like I want to learn.”