UNC officials hope to begin construction on the first building at the Carolina North satellite campus early next year.
A lot of things will have to fall neatly into place for the university to meet that timetable, said Bruce Runberg, associate vice chancellor for facilities planning. Runberg and Anna Wu, director of facilties planning, presented an update of the first phase of the the university's planned research campus at a public information session Thursday night.
"There are a lot of things we have to have in place before we can build the first building," Runberg said. "In a perfect world, we hope to start construction in early 2013."
That first building will be an as-yet-unnamed 225,000 square-foot research building, which is one of five buildings that will make up the first 800,000 square feet of the project. The first phase is planned to go on and around what is now a portion of the Horace Williams Airport runway, and will be accessed by extending the existing Airport Drive across Estes Drive Extension into the Carolina North property.
Closing the Horace Williams runway is one of the things that has to happen before construction can begin, of course, and Runberg said he hopes that will be done by the end of this year.