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Building an Academic Healthcare Facility

Based in Chapel Hill, the University of North Carolina Hospitals (UNCH) is academically linked to the School of Medicine where the life-saving results of world-renowned biomedical research are applied to a wide array of patient care at institutions specializing in children, cancer, neurosciences and women at its main campus. With the addition of the North Carolina Cancer Hospital and Memorial Hospital running at peak capacity, the Chapel Hill campus has become much more congested in recent years. In order to carry on UNCH’s mission of delivering quality healthcare and outstanding service, they developed a long-term strategy to expand critical care at the main campus and serve the less extreme cases at a satellite facility.

Along the banks of the Eno River, just 10 miles away from the hustle and bustle of Chapel Hill, is historic Hillsborough, NC. With its strategic location at the junction of two major highway arteries—Interstates 40 and 85—and its close proximity to the Triangle region where approximately one-third of UNCH’s patients reside, Hillsborough is a perfect choice for the site of a new 61-bed full-service hospital.

The vibrant town is celebrated as much for its antebellum architecture and acclaimed authors, as it is for its trendy bistros and progressive populace that sees the new hospital as a way to attract quality businesses while maintaining intelligent growth.

The core team for the $200-million hospital—general contractor Skanska and Zimmer Gunsul Frasca Architects—is well known to UNCH having successfully delivered the North Carolina Cancer Hospital in 2009. Bergelectric’s proven track record at several UNC venues, including the 210,000-sf Physical Science Complex and its current work on a logistically-complex remodel at the main hospital, provides the Hillsborough team with a solid base of knowledge from which to provide exceptional service to UNC. “We’re glad to be back with UNC working on this high-profile project that will contribute so much to the local community as well as the region,” stated Bergelectric Raleigh-Durham Regional Manager Ray Murfello.

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In addition to two 3200-amp electrical services, both the treatment building and the patient tower will be backed-up by 4,150 volts / 3,200 amps of emergency power that will ensure the hospital will remain up and running during power outages. Bergelectric professionals will also provide the full-service hospital—which features operating rooms, x-ray and MRI services, its own lab, as well as a fully-staffed emergency room and trauma center—with a comprehensive set of fire/life safety systems focused on secure and reliable operations.

In addition to the facility-wide fire alarm, state-of-the-art tel/data, security, CCTV, paging and nurse-call systems will enhance critical communications at the Hillsborough hospital.

316,000 square feet

Electrical Construction Cost
$17 Million

September 2012 – Ongoing

Delivery Method

Other Team Members
Skanska USA
Zimmer Gunsul Frasca Architects
AEI Engineers

Berg Regional Office




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