A Carolina blue makeover

Watch the video to see the transformation of the University's water tower.

Carolina’s Manning Drive has a different look these days, but it doesn’t have anything to do with road or building construction.

After years of being covered in beige, the water tower overlooking campus has a brand new, top-to-bottom coat of Carolina blue paint and “NC” logos.

“The water tower is one of the most visible structures on campus, so we thought painting it Carolina blue was the perfect way to build school spirit and welcome visitors to Chapel Hill and the University,” said Brad Ives, Associate Vice Chancellor for Campus Enterprises.

The 1 million-gallon water tower, which was built in 1957 and is operated by the Orange Water and Sewer Authority, had not been painted since 2004. The University and OWASA partnered with Utility Service Company, Inc. on the painting project, which took about four months to complete.