UNC Hospital at Hillsborough / Hillsborough, NC

UNC Hillsborough Hospital

The Details

In an effort to better serve the area, UNC Hospitals will transfer approximately 68 beds from the main hospital on the UNC Chapel Hill campus to this new facility located in Hillsborough north of I-40 at NC 86.

Stewart is responsible for the structural design for this project which consists of a 265,000 square foot new hospital with a bed tower wing and a diagnostic and treatment (D&T) wing, a 60,000 square foot medical office building, and a 14,000 square foot central utility plant. The D&T wing of the main hospital building will consist of a partial basement and two levels above grade. The floor framing will be a combination of a cast-in-place two-way flat plate concrete slab over the basement area and composite steel construction for the remaining floor levels and roof. The lateral load resisting system is concrete shear walls. The D&T wing will be designed for very restrictive vibration criteria due to the intended occupancy including operating rooms and an imaging department. The D&T will also contain a two-story main entrance lobby and a large cantilevered canopy.

A complicated system of retaining walls and elevated structure will surround the loading dock as the emergency room entrance with ambulance traffic located directly above it. The bed tower wing will be four levels above grade with no basement. The floor framing will be composite steel construction with a steel braced frame lateral load resisting system. The central utility plant will be a single story steel framed structure and will include a large service yard.


UNC Health Care


Zimmer Gunsul Frasca

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Construction Cost

$125 million

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