Campus Facilities

A-B Tech now serves students from six locations, including the main campus in Asheville, A-B Tech Madison, A-B Tech Enka, A-B Tech South, A-B Tech Woodfin, and the Goodwill Center in West Asheville. On March 15, 1961, the Industrial Education Center moved into two new buildings off Victoria Road in Asheville. Over the years, the Board of Trustees has acquired land that today totals more than 144 acres.

Located on the Asheville Campus are the historic Smith-McDowell House, the oldest brick structure in the region, Fernihurst Mansion, Sunnicrest, the only remaining lodge constructed by George Vanderbilt, and Ivy Hall, built as a gymnasium and auditorium for St. Genevieve-of-the-Pines school. Buncombe County Commissioners purchased property for A-B Tech belonging to St. Genevieve/Gibbons Hall, a private school that merged with Asheville Country Day School to form Carolina Day School. The Board of Trustees acquired the title to these 12.77 acres and four buildings on September 23, 1987. In 1990, the Commissioners purchased 16.75 acres contiguous to the west boundaries of the campus, which included Sunnicrest.

Over the years, a combination of special funding has provided for campus expansion. Since 1985, the North Carolina General Assembly has approved $5 million in special legislation for campus construction. In statewide bond referendums, voters approved $5 million in 1993 and $14 million in 2000 for capital projects at A-B Tech. In 2016, voters approved a statewide bond referendum that allocated $5.4 million to A-B Tech for renovations and repairs.

Since 1987, Buncombe County voters have approved $13.5 million in bonds to be used for campus additions and renovations. In 2011, Buncombe County voters also approved a ¼-cent sales tax dedicated to A-B Tech for construction and major renovations. The sales tax funded construction of the Ferguson Center for Allied Health and Workforce Development, dedicated in 2015, and the Mission Health/A-B Tech Conference Center and a 650-space parking garage, both dedicated in 2016. Construction of a new Arts & Sciences building is planned for 2016-17.