A TIME TO BUILD
Trying to determine what will be torn down is a moving target)
as a master plan is easy to change.
will look completely different, at least
from the street. The Student Union
addition will have a pitched roof,
dormer windows and other features
more akin to Carolina's more tradi-
tional architecture. The building will
be about one-third larger when it's
finished in early 2002, with a substan-
tial increase in offices and meeting
rooms for student organizations.
• The Eddie Smith Field House,
complete with an SO-yard football
field and a 220-meter track, will give
athletes a climate-controlled practice
site and the track team the ability to
host indoor competition. Partly on the
site ofits predecessor at the east end
of Fetzer Field, the new privately
funded building is expected to open
this spring. Smith, a 1965 graduate, is a
former chair ofthe Educational Foun-
dation and co-chair offund raising for
the recent Kenan Stadium renovation.
He gave $2.5 million for the building
and asked that it be named in honor
of his father, Eddie Smith Sr.
And what comes down
The imminent construction will not
displace existing buildings. But as UNC
proceeds along the campus master plan,
expected to be approved by the UNC
Board of Trustees early this year, the
wrecking ball will fall here and there.
Trying to determine what will be
torn down is a moving target, as a master
plan is easy to change. In the latest ver-
sion, the historically significant part of
Swain Hall would be spared, as would
the adjacent Smith Building, a 1901
Tudor structure that has fallen into disre-
pair. Abernethy Hall would fall for a
complex ofbuildings to house a digital
multimedia instructional center. The
architecturally incompatible additions to
Swain and Hill Hall tentatively are
scheduled for demolition.
Besides Venable, the Naval ROTC
building built during World War II is
expected to be torn down for the
sciences complex. Chase Hall does not
fit into the South Campus plans and
probably will be demolished. A plan to
demolish Caldwell Hall, a 90-year-old
campus workhorse and first home of the
medical school, has been put on hold,
probably for several years. m
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