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On Tuesday, April 11, Chapel Hill and Orange County elected officials, UNC System executives, contractors, and designers met to ceremonially break ground on the Eastowne Medical Office Building.
The building will be six stories, 150,000 square feet, and have easily navigable walkways friendly to bikers and public transportation users. The building will house cardiology, endocrinology, pulmonary and hematology offices, as well as a café and pharmacy. A five-story parking deck will make parking accessible for the new offices and any future constructions. This new medical office building will be the first on the Eastowne property, which spans almost 50 acres of land. Over the coming years, UNC Health Care plans to expand upon the property and add several new buildings in a manner that aligns with what the Town of Chapel Hill envisions for its growth.
UNC Health Care CEO Wesley Burks, MD
City leaders and UNC System CEO Wesley Burks, MD sees the healthcare provider’s new property, easily reachable from Interstate 40, as an exemplary location that can provide the world-class care UNC is known for to a larger population in a decongested area.
Regina Jones, a former cancer patient at UNC Hospital, remarked on how having a localized healthcare presence with such a wide range of intensive special departments can have a dramatic impact on patient experience. “Cancer patients often seek treatment from a number of physicians during the same visit. These appointments can be difficult to navigate in a large hospital.” Having them all in the same space simplifies the process for patients.
MHAworks was hired to design the facility in December of 2017. The campus is set to open in 2020.
Toma Rogers, Michael Hining, and Julia Brewer of MHAworks