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Sept. 15, 2003 -- No. 470

Carolina Physical Science Complex celebration to mark largest construction project in UNC-Chapel Hill history

Thursday, Sept. 18, 3:30 p.m.
Polk Place quadrangle, in front of Wilson Library

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill will celebrate a groundbreaking Thursday (Sept. 18) for a new Carolina Physical Science Complex, a $205 million facility that is the largest construction project in the university’s history. The complex will enhance Carolina’s longtime interdisciplinary strengths by bringing together faculty and students in state-of-the-art laboratories, classrooms, lecture halls and libraries. Those facilities will house the departments of chemistry, computer science, marine sciences, mathematics and physics and astronomy as well as a new Institute for Advanced Materials, Nanoscience and Technology.

Speakers will be Chancellor James Moeser, UNC President Molly Corbett Broad, Richard "Stick" Williams, chairman of the UNC-Chapel Hill Board of Trustees, and W. Lowry Caudill, chair of the complex steering committee and president of pharmaceutical development at Cardinal Health in Research Triangle Park. The 3:30 p.m. event, to be held adjacent a complex construction site in front of Wilson Library, is for invited guests. More than 200 attendees are expected, including legislators, board members, faculty, staff, students, alumni and friends.

The complex results from a public-private partnership driven by the 2000 Higher Education Bond Referendum. When North Carolina citizens voted for the referendum, they approved nearly $84 million for the complex. That was the referendum’s single largest allocation for any project across the 16-campus UNC system. The university also is raising more than $22 million in private gifts as part of the Carolina First campaign. And UNC scientists are helping finance the construction costs. Research grants they are awarded by the federal government and other sources bring with them overhead receipts – reimbursements for the cost of conducting research – that are part of the project’s financing plan.

Visual Opportunities: Photographers will have a rare opportunity to shoot an aerial view of the construction sites from the rooftop of Kenan Laboratories. Guests also will walk a new science trail spotlighting units moving to the new facility and can see a model detailing plans for the complex.

Webcast: The event will be broadcast live at

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