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The initial effort for Carolina North was completed in 1998 with the JJR Report, which established key elements of the planning and transportation systems for the development of the property.

Next, the Horace Williams Advisory Committee worked extensively with Ayers Saint Gross to develop a concept master plan using the JJR Report as a basis, for the highest and best use of the Horace Williams property to fulfill the strategic vision over the near term (10–20 years) and long term (100 years). The work of this committee helped establish more specific concepts of design for the type of mixed-use innovative research park that could be created at the property.

March 2, 2006 – January 19, 2007

The Leadership Advisory Committee’s (LAC) purpose was to gather a broad range of feedback from the local community about Carolina North. LAC developed principles that will guide the University in preparing plans for submission to the local governing bodies.

Ken Broun, Henry Brandis Professor of Law at Carolina and former Chapel Hill mayor, chaired the committee, which included representatives from the towns of Chapel Hill and Carrboro, the Chapel Hill-Carrboro Chamber of Commerce, Chapel-Hill Carrboro City Schools, Orange County, EmPOWERment, the State Department of Transportation, the governor’s office, and the University. Chancellor James Moeser formally charged LAC on March 2, 2006.

Committee members

  • Etta Pisano, professor, Radiology and Biomedical Engineering, UNC-Chapel Hill
  • Holden Thorp, Chair, Chemistry, UNC-Chapel Hill
  • Douglas Crawford-Brown, head of the Carolina Environmental Program at UNC
  • Lisa Stuckey, Chairwoman, Chapel Hill-Carrboro School Board
  • Delores Bailey, Executive Director, EmPOWERment
  • Roger Perry, member, UNC Board of Trustees
  • Bob Winston, member, UNC Board of Trustees
  • Nancy Suttenfield, Vice Chancellor of Finance and Administration, UNC-Chapel Hill
  • Tony Waldrop, Vice Chancellor of Research and Economic Development, UNC-Chapel Hill
  • Mark Crowell, Associate Vice Chancellor of Economic Development and Technology Transfer, UNC-Chapel Hill
  • Anita Badrock, Vice President, Chapel Hill-Carrboro Chamber of Commerce Board
  • David King, Deputy Secretary, N.C. Department of Transportation
  • David McCoy, Director, N.C. State Budget Office
  • Ken Broun, professor of law, UNC-Chapel Hill; former Chapel Hill mayor
  • Cam Hill, member, Chapel Hill Town Council
  • Bill Strom, member, Chapel Hill Town Council
  • George Cianciolo, member, Chapel Hill Planning Board
  • Julie McClintock, Chair, Chapel Hill Horace Williams Citizens Committee
  • Barry Jacobs, Chair, Orange County Board of Commissioners
  • Jay Bryan, Chair, Orange County Planning Board
  • Valerie Foushee, Commissioner, Orange County Board of Commissioners
  • Bernadette Pelissier, member, Orange County Planning Board and Commission for Environment
  • James Carnahan, Vice Chair, The Village Project, Inc.; Chairman, Planning Board, Carrboro
  • Dan Coleman, Alderman, Carrboro
  • Mark Chilton, Mayor, Carrboro
  • Randee Haven-O’Donnell, Alderman, Carrboro
  • Mac Clark, Chair, Orange County Water and Sewer Authority Board
  • Sharon Myers, geologist and environmental specialist, UNC-Chapel Hill
  • Jessica Luginbuhl, student, UNC-Chapel Hill


  • Laurin Easthom, Town of Chapel Hill
  • Alice Gordon, Orange County
  • Allen Spalt, Town of Carrboro
  • Randy Kabrick, OWASA
  • Jack Evans, UNC faculty
  • Glen Glenstreet, Chapel-Hill Carrboro Chamber of Commerce
  • Tim Burnett, UNC Board of Trustees
  • David Gerber, UNC faculty
As part of the University’s commitment to developing Carolina North as a model for sustainability, we have begun a planning process to address concepts related to Infrastructure, High-Performance Buildings, and Sustainable Design at Carolina North. One of our objectives in this planning effort is to gather input from a variety of stakeholders and experts in early discussions to help us shape effective plans for sustainability at Carolina North.

Between November and January, UNC-Chapel Hill is holding workshops focused on defining sustainability principles at Carolina North. The workshops are held at UNC and led by consultants engaged by the University because of their expertise with these topics.

As meeting materials are available from these workshops, they are being provided here for your information. If you have specific questions about the workshops, please email Tiffany Clarke (

These workshops will help us gather and assess technical information fundamental to the planning of Carolina North, and will allow us to develop facts and figures needed for a meaningful exchange in subsequent public forums. This work is part of the discovery phase of our planning process where we will work with our consultants to explore the possibilities for Carolina North. The public forums that are planned to follow the technical workshops will be open to the community and will offer opportunities to build on the workshops and to gather additional information to inform our goals and vision for Carolina North.

We will conduct two kinds of technical workshops:

  1. Infrastructure workshops will include our staff, consultants, and selected experts working in specialized teams.
  2. An ecological assessment workshop, held the evening of November 6, included our staff, consultants, and invited local participants with special knowledge or expertise.

December 13 Public Review of the Ecological Assessment for Carolina North

Chancellor Moeser has said that Carolina North will be a model of sustainability. As one of the first steps to that goal, Biohabitats, Inc. has produced an ecological assessment to inform our planning. We are eager to get your input to help us shape effective plans for sustainable development at Carolina North.

We will hold two sessions (featuring the same information). Both sessions will be on Wednesday, December 13 in room 2603 of the School of Government.

Information from all workshops



From the first conceptual plans to the Citizens Committee report


  • Horace Williams Advisory Committee works with Ayers Saint Gross architectural firm to design a conceptual plan for Carolina North
  • Initial planning sessions create several committees to address specific issues of the project: Executive Committee, Advisory Committee, External Relations, Infrastructure, New Business Development, and University Uses
  • Town of Chapel Hill’s Horace Williams Citizens’ Committee meets and issues a report outlining the Town’s goals for Carolina North



  • Talbert & Bright engineering and planning firm presents conceptual plan to Board of Trustees
  • UNC Board of Trustees endorses vision for Carolina North


Master Planning/Project Management


1040 Hull Street, Suite 100
Baltimore, MD 21230

410-347-8500 (Phone)
410-347-8519 (Fax)

Luanne Greene
Karla Aghajanian

ASG is architecture and planning firm of 90 people in three offices working with more than 40 campuses worldwide. ASG has extensive experience designing environments that support the collection and dissemination of knowledge and culture.

Sustainable Design/High Performance Buildings


106 W. 14th Street
Suite 200
Kansas City, MO 64105

866-894-2646 (Phone)
816-783-1500 (Phone)
816-783-1501 (Fax)

Bob Berkebile
Brad Nies
Mohit Mehta

“At BNIM Architects, we have made sustainability a way of life for our clients and for ourselves. It is not seen as an additional element of our design, or as an afterthought; it is simply the way we design.” BNIM is a focused, rigorous, curious and driven design practice, workshop and laboratory. BNIM is idea-centered. It is a place where design is the product and process. It is people who work together with a passion for elevating every aspect of work.

Ecological Assessment and Site Ecology

Biohabitats (Baltimore)

The Stables Building
2081 Clipper Park Road
Baltimore, MD 21211

410-554-0156 (Phone)
410-554-0168 (Fax)

Keith Bowers
Ted Brown

Biohabitats (Raleigh)

8218 Creedmoor Road, Suite 200
Raleigh, NC 27613

919-518-0311 (Phone)
919-518-0313 (Fax)
919-815-2309 (Cell)

Kevin Nunnery

The BioHabitats, Inc. firm is a team of ecologists, biologists, geologists, landscape architects, engineers, fluvial geomorphologists, and GIS/CADD technicians with a focus on regenerative design. Regenerative Design goes beyond simply solving today’s problems to recognizing the potential a healthy system is capable of manifesting long into the future.

Infrastructure/MEP Engineering/Utilities

Affiliated Engineers East, P.C.

1414 Raleigh Road, Suite 305
Chapel Hill, NC 27517

919-419-9802 (Phone)
919-419-9803 (Fax)

Jerry Schuett
Brad Petterson

Affiliated Engineers, Inc.

5802 Research Park Blvd.
Madison, WI 53719

P.O. Box 44991
Madison, WI 53744-4991

608-238-2616 (Phone)
608-238-2614 (Fax)

Mike Walters

Affiliated Engineers is a strong advocate of utility master planning and has provided this service to multiple college and university clients to help guide the development of their campus facilities.

Civil Engineering

Rummel, Klepper & Kahl, LLP (RK&K)

81 Mosher Street
Baltimore, MD 21217

410-728-2900 x1333 (Phone)
410-462-9333 (Direct Dial)
410-728-2834 (Fax)

John A. d’Epagnier, P. E.,
Chris Krupinski

Rummel, Klepper & Kahl, LLP is a 622-person multi-disciplinary consulting engineering firm headquartered in Baltimore, Maryland. RK&K’s expertise is in transportation, sanitary, environmental, civil, structural, geotechnical, mechanical/electrical, natural gas/petroleum operations, and construction engineering and inspection.


Martin/Alexiou/Bryson, Inc.

4000 WestChase Blvd., Suite 530
Raleigh, NC 27607

919-829-0328 (Phone)
919-829-0329 (Fax)

George Alexiou

Martin/Alexiou/Bryson, PLLC specializes in transportation planning and traffic engineering services for public and private organizations. The principals of the firm are committed to their belief that transportation is about people, not just moving vehicles.

The university will hold a series of monthly public information sessions about Carolina North, at which UNC representatives will present potential uses of the new campus and discuss conceptual approaches to its development. Local residents, faculty, staff, and students are invited to participate. The first set of sessions were held March 27, 2007 in the UNC School of Government. To add a comment, send an email to

News release about the Innovation Center community meeting

November 29 Meeting

October 4 Meeting

August 28 Meeting

July 31 Meeting

June 21 Meeting

May 29 Meeting

April 26 Meeting

March 27 Meeting