Proposed Bonds Would Replace UNC’s Aging Medical School

On March 15, N.C. voters will decide whether to approve a $2 billion bond issue that includes $1 billion for public universities. The package includes $68 million for a new medical education building at Carolina to replace Berryhill Hall.

Berryhill, designed in the 1960s, continues to rely on auditorium-style lecture spaces while increasingly engaging students in small groups and incorporating 21st-century technology into an aging facility. School officials said that there are 829 medical students at UNC this year, with another 1,571 students enrolled in postgraduate programs in the school. When Berryhill opened in 1970, there were 353 students.

Other UNC System universities also would benefit from the bond issue:

  • Appalachian State, new health sciences building, $70 million;
  • East Carolina, life sciences and biotech building, $90 million;
  • Fayetteville State, Lyons Sciences Building renovations, $10 million;
  • N.C. Central, new business school, $30 million;
  • N.C. State, engineering building, $75 million;
  • N.C. A&T, engineering building, $90 million;
  • School of Science & Math, School of Technology & Engineering, $58 million;
  • UNC-Charlotte, new sciences building, $90 million;
  • UNC-Greensboro, nursing school building, $105 million;
  • UNC-Pembroke, new business school, $23 million;
  • UNC-Wilmington, allied health and human services and nursing building, $66 million;
  • Western Carolina, sciences/STEM building, $110 million; and
  • Winston-Salem State, sciences building, $50 million.

Another $45 million would go to the UNC System for capital repairs and renovations at the system universities, and an additional $1 billion would go toward new construction, repairs and renovations at community colleges, water and sewer loans and grants, state parks, the state zoo, National Guard facilities, the N.C. Department of Public Safety and a plant sciences building for agriculture in partnership with N.C. State.

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