Student Services Join the Migration South
The University is taking a big step toward its goal to quash any notions of a campus divided into
north and south by filling Chase Hall's
footprint with two buildings that will
house a wide array ofservices for students.
Evoking the look of Old East and Old
West in a part of the canlpus where noth-
ing looks old, the two-building Student
and Academic Services complex is
expected to open in fall 2006.
The idea of moving essential services to
the neighborhood that houses about 5,500
students is to end the sense of isolation of
living on South Campus. The four original
South Campus dorms each now has a
four-floor companion dorm, and apart-
ment-style dorms are under construction
behind Hinton James and Craige.
The two buildings, combined totaling
roughly 85,000 square feet, will flank the
intersection of Manning Drive and Ridge
Road on Chase Hall's footprint. Chase was
set to be razed in May. Many offices and
services will fully relocate there: cashier, dis-
abilities services, registrar, Honor Court,
APPLES service program, the Carolina Cen-
ter for Public Service, learning center (a hub
for academic counseling and peer tutoring),
housing and residential education depart-
ments, and offices for the dean ofstudents,
which includes the offices of Greek affairs
and of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender
and Queer students.
While the convenience level will go up
for South Campus students, the impact on
the approximately 3,575 North Campus
dwellers remains to be seen. Christopher
Payne, associate vice chancellor for student
affairs, said satellite offices were not
planned for the above services.
The offices of academic advising, minor-
ity affaits, scholarships and student aid, the
Writing Center (workshops and other serv-
ices for students who need help with writ-
ing), Academic Services (a catchall academic
support program) and Information Technol-
ogy Services will open satellite offices, their
main offices remaining on North Campus. A
third, smaller building could be added to the
complex for the ROTC program.
A 24-hour computer lab, combined with
a technology help desk and training area for
UNC's Info Tech services, will occupy two
floors of the building along Manning Drive.
Dianne Bachman, a campus architect
who directed the project, said the buildings'
exterior details are meant to echo the style
of North Campus. To some extent the build-
ings are modeled after Old East and Old
West, she said. The red brick exterior and
pitch of the roofS are meant to replicate the
features ofsome of UNC's oldest buildings.
The building along Ridge Road will
curve to match the curvature of the road.
With four floors, it will be higher and
longer than the one on Manning Drive.
Although the buildings will have no
classroom or lecture facilities, abundant con-
ference and seminar spaces can be booked
by anyone on canlpus and will be made
available to students after business hours.
The project will create a courtyard
between the new buildings and Morrison.
The services complex will be connected to
the dining hall, gym, grocery store and
parking deck ofthe Rams Head Center by
an elevated walkway that will even the ele-
vation between the two.
- Nirav Vora
Top: This Is the view standing on the Morrison
front lawn looking toward where Chase Hall
has stood; the gap between the buildings
would be at the Manning-Ridge intersection.
Above, looking north
as If standing in
Manning Drive near
the intersection with
Ridge Road. The
building at right
curves along Ridge.