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Slate of campus
building projects
nears completion







The frenetic pace of campus expansion during the past decade left some to lament that UNC had begun to stand for the “University of Never-ending Construction.”

Such jests are waning now that nearly all of the building projects ignited and partially fueled by the 2000 Higher Education Bond Referendum have reached or are nearing completion.

The $3.1 billion referendum provided more than $515 million for renovations and new construction. When combined with gifts, faculty research grants and other campus sources, the resulting capital construction program reached $2.1 billion – one of the largest building programs under way at any major U.S. university.

On July 22, Bruce Runberg, associate vice chancellor for planning and construction, presented the Board of Trustees’ Building and Grounds Committee with a report listing the projects completed during the past six months. Those projects include:

* *The $18 million second phase of the Cogeneration Steam Tunnel Rehabilitation Project;

* *The $19.9 million improvement to Boshamer Stadium, home to the Carolina baseball team;

* *The $2.5 million second phase of the water and wastewater facility for University research;

* *The $750,000 renovation of the Skipper Bowles Recreational Court; and

* *The $1.49 renovation of the sprinkler system for residence halls in the upper and lower quads.

Two major projects scheduled for completion this summer include the $12.5 million N.C. Botanical Gardens Visitors Center and Phase 2A of the Manning Steam Plant and Utility Distribution Tunnel, a $29.8 million project.

A major project just getting under way is the third phase of the Cogeneration Steam Tunnel Rehabilitation Project. This project is not scheduled for completion until spring 2011.

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