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April 14, 2005 -- No. 179

Campus Y to break ground on renovations,
first such building changes since 1907

Friday (April 15), 3 p.m.
Campus Y courtyard, Cameron Avenue
UNC campus

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill will break ground Friday (April 15) on renovations to the historic Campus Y building.

The building will be home to Campus Y students and staff, the executive director for the arts at UNC and an expanded snack bar with a sidewalk café.

Speakers at the groundbreaking ceremony will include UNC Chancellor James Moeser; UNC Provost Emeritus Dick Richardson; Elizabeth Sonntag and Derwin Dubose, Campus Y co-presidents; and Jim Henderson, Campus Y renovation campaign chairman.

Sonntag is a senior public health major from Raleigh. Dubose is a junior history major from Livingston, Ala.

Big Fat Gap, a local bluegrass band, and the UNC Loreleis, a female student a capella group, also will perform.

The renovated building will have a lounge for faculty and alumni and two seminar rooms. Classes in the College of Arts and Sciences will use the seminar rooms during the day. The many Campus Y programs will use the rooms at night. Pearce Brinkley Cease and Lee of Raleigh is the architectural firm. The office for the executive director of the arts will be on the third floor, the floor’s first occupant.

The overhaul will be the first set of renovations that the building has seen since its completion in 1907. The renovation is estimated to cost about $5 million and will be funded by a variety of sources, including $1 million in state appropriations and $3 million in private donations from the Carolina First campaign. Carolina First is a comprehensive, multi-year private fund-raising effort to support Carolina’s vision of becoming the nation’s leading public university.

Renovations will begin in May and are expected to take 12 months to complete.

Visual opportunities: In addition to musical performances, event principals will cut a ceremonial cake, and the architects’ model will be on site.

Note on access to Cameron Avenue: A section of Cameron Avenue is closed to traffic, due to a campus construction project. Access to this road is available by entering from Columbia Street.

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