Construction Updates: Berryhill Hall and UNC Hospitals

Berryhill Hall Demolition and Construction of new Medical Education Building

Please mark your calendars for January 25 from Noon to 1:00 p.m. for an information session to be held in Fox Auditorium with the School of Medicine and UNC Planning regarding the new Medical Education Building designed to replace Berryhill Hall. They will provide the SON community with a general project overview, timeline and time for Q&A.

The project is currently scheduled to begin in fall 2019 and will be… hard to ignore. In total, the project is expected to take 27 months and for two years of that, we’re not expected to have access to the courtyard between the SON and the Beach. So please make plans to come learn what to expect and get your questions answered!

UNC Hospitals Update

We are constructing a new 333,555 square foot Surgical Tower in front of the N.C. Memorial Hospital. This building will allow us to create new, enhanced surgical spaces, new pre- and post- op rooms, and more waiting space for our patients’ families and loved ones.

While the results will be well worth it, this project will have substantial impact on the UNC Medical Center campus, including changes to traffic flows both inside and outside of the hospital, and new protocols to limit the inconvenience for our patients and guests.

Throughout this project, the most up-to-date information will be available at the following two links:

The information below outlines as comprehensively as possible the changes you can expect to see in the coming weeks and months, including the tentative timeline and ways we will communicate with patients, guests and staff. A PDF of the information in this email may be found at this link.

Table of contents:

Main points:

Tentative Timeline:

o Closure of Memorial and Children’s Hospital entrances and the drop-off lanes in front of the hospital:

o The Women’s Hospital entrance will become the primary entry point for patients and guests.

o These closures will have a substantial impact on the flow of traffic in front of the hospitals, and on how patients get into and out of the hospital.

o The West sidewalk along East Drive (the sidewalk adjacent to the construction fencing) will be closed for the duration of the project

o West Drive north of the Dental Circle will be closed to pedestrian and vehicular traffic

o Utility work will require East drive to be consolidated down to one lane. This closure is expected to last 8 – 12 weeks.

o Closure of the lobby concourse between Children’s and Memorial Hospitals.

Transportation and Parking:

o However, because the stop between East and West Drives frequently used by staff to access the Park & Ride lots is adjacent to the construction fencing, we recommend staff utilize either the stop at the corner of Manning Drive and Hospital Drive or at the corner of Manning Drive and Emergency Room Drive when being dropped off.

o West Drive should not be used for drop-off by School of Medicine staff, faculty, or students.

o Drop-off is available on South Columbia with easy access to MacNider, Bondurant, and Burnett-Womack, or on Medical Drive near the Beach Café.

Staff Talking Points:

Staff/Internal Communication Channels

o A regularly updated site that will serve as the primary source of information for staff

o Will be available directly from Intranet home page for duration of project.

o A resource for both staff and patients, where questions that are not addressed in any of the other channels can be asked directly. This inbox is monitored daily.