Within the six story building, there will be 153,000 square feet of office space, while a 5.5 story parking deck with 580 parking spaces is also being built.
Alan Wolf, a media relations manager for UNC Health Care, said the project was a step to a greater plan with the Town of Chapel Hill.
“This project is really one piece of a much larger puzzle," Wolf said. "UNC Health Care is undertaking a pretty ambitious expansion in the Triangle, both in Chapel Hill and also in Wake County. It's all aimed at improving care and access to that care for patients and their families.”
Wolf said population growth has contributed to the need for more convenient access to medical care. With the population also aging, it was important to meet the demand for services and care that were close to home and easily accessible.
Wolf said the project would alleviate congestion that often causes problems on the main medical campus.
“So this type of project, this Eastowne project will be much easier to get into, easier parking, easier access, it's near that intersection of I-40 and 15-501, so it’s a pretty well traveled route anyway,” he said.
Chapel Hill Mayor Pam Hemminger also highlighted the convenient location.
“We're very excited to have UNC Health Care call Chapel Hill home," she said. "We think it's a great location, it'll allow people — it's got direct access to the I-40, it was supposed to have the rail connection, but we'll be working on bus connection now or other types of modes, and we know it'll be a huge job center in our community."
The University has expressed interest about getting outside input on the plan and offering workshops, walking tours and open house meetings to touch on topics such as site ecology and resiliency.
Hemminger said the Town was excited to be working with the UNC Health Care to create a win-win project for Chapel Hill.
The Stormwater Management Utility Advisory Board, along with the Parks & Recreations Commission, have provided input into the planning process as well. By doing so, UNC Health Care hoped to address the need for an effective stormwater utility management system and also assure the new construction on the site of the development will not increase congestion in the area.
Wolf said the current project is just part one out of four planning stages. The Master Plan will include improvements to the project from now until the project's estimated completion in 2020.