The App State Hickory campus, pictured in April 2024, opened to its inaugural class of Mountaineer students on Aug. 21, 2023. Phase 2 renovations to the facility are underway and include creating more classrooms and offices on the second floor, with some new classrooms to be ready by fall 2025. Photo by Wes Craig and Chase Reynolds

The renovation of App State’s Hickory campus is one of several major construction projects underway at Appalachian State University to enhance the App State Experience.

The project supports App State’s strategic priorities, as well as the university’s goals and metrics associated with the University of North Carolina System’s strategic plan. It will benefit students, academics and the region.

Taken May 8, 2023, this video shows the progress on the roof replacement for App State’s Hickory campus, which began in late April 2023. The roof is being replaced with an energy-efficient membrane roof, designed to accept future solar arrays. The white membrane will reflect a large amount of solar radiation, which will reduce energy costs in the building. On the building’s south side, 13,000 square feet of solar-ready support posts are being installed for future solar arrays. Video by Wes Craig