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Utilizing TPACC to Achieve Your Research and Testing Needs

The Textile Protection and Comfort Center was established as a service center in 1994 and continues to be the only academic center in the U.S. that incorporates, in one location, the capabilities to conduct testing and evaluation on the comfort and protection of clothing materials, full garments and ensemble systems. TPACC personnel are recognized as scientists and engineers in the fields of clothing comfort and protection and have a proven performance record in conducting research and providing testing services to both industry and government clients. As a service center, TPACC can utilize its personnel and offer its unique equipment and testing capabilities to evaluate client supplied materials using industry standard testing protocols.

The university allows TPACC to conduct work in either in a research capacity or by provision of testing services. Research, such as development of new instrumentation or clothing prototyping, involves intellectual capital and carries university overheads with its detailed budget. Testing services do not involve the expenditure of intellectual capital, only provision of a service for execution of tasks related to a standard test method or other appropriate routine measurement procedure as specified by the client via use of our unique facilities.

The fee structure for either research or testing service are built based on project objective, personnel involved, and equipment used. Project objective can also help determine whether the work is research or service testing and the selection of a contract or testing service agreement. Please contact us at 919.515.6550 or We welcome the opportunity to work with you in the near future.

Visit and Tour TPACC

We would be honored to provide a tour of TPACC’s comprehensive, state-of-the-art facilities devoted to human comfort and protection.

The closest airport (approx. 15 miles) is Raleigh Durham International Airport (RDU).

From I-40E take the Gorman Street Exit (#295). Turn left onto Gorman Street. At the third traffic light turn right onto Avent Ferry Road. At the second light turn right onto Varsity Drive.

From I-40W take the Gorman Street Exit (#295). Turn right onto Gorman Street. At the second traffic light turn right onto Avent Ferry Road. At the second light turn right onto Varsity Drive.

Visitors to the Textile Protection and Comfort Center at the Wilson College of Textiles have the option of using nearby pay lots and pay-by-space parking. Pay-by-space offers visitors the added convenience of paying for parking via smartphone plus the ability to extend parking time. Payment can be made by credit card or PayPal.

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The address for GPS mapping is 1020 Main Campus Drive, Raleigh, NC 27606. If you need help please call the office 919.515.6640.

Raleigh offers a wide selection of hotels for visitors requiring overnight accommodations. The hotels listed here are within a 5-mile radius of the Textile Protection and Comfort Center at the Wilson College of Textiles.

Tip: Many hotels extend an NC State rate. Be sure to ask your hotel if it offers this discount.

Hampton Inn & Suites Raleigh Downtown (2 miles)
600 Glenwood Ave.
Raleigh, NC 27603

Ramada by Wyndham Raleigh (2 miles)
1520 Blue Ridge Rd.
Raleigh, NC 27607
(919) 832-4100

Holiday Inn Raleigh Downtown – Capital (2 miles)
320 Hillsborough St.
Raleigh, NC 27603
(919) 832-0501

Holiday Inn Express and Suites (2.5 miles)
3701 Thistledown Drive
Raleigh, NC 27606
(919) 854-0001

Sheraton Raleigh Capital Center (2.5 miles)
421 South Salisbury St.
Raleigh, NC 27601
(919) 834-9900

Marriott – Raleigh City Center (2.5 miles)
500 Fayetteville Street
Raleigh, NC 27601
(919) 833-1120

Please note: While we provide information about hotels close to NC State, we do not endorse any particular facility.