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Building the Blue Zone: This is Carolina

The following is an excerpt from "Inside Carolina" the magazine
Article written by Zach Read

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The athletic department argues that the expansion of Kenan Stadium is vitally important to the future of Carolina athletics. Revenue from ticket sales will have an enormous impact on the competitive success of Olympic sports at the university, especially as department costs and individual program budgets continue to rise. So when the plans for stadium expansion were approved three years ago, the long-term future of Carolina's sports programs immediately looked brighter.

At the start of the 2009 football season, the results of the first phase of the project could be seen rising above the west end zone in the form of the newly renovated Kenan Football Center, which now boasts an additional fifth floor. And just last spring, shortly after the Tar Heels finished up the 2009 season, construction began on Phase II in the east end zone, where the Carolina Student-Athlete Center for Excellence and the Blue Zone will be completed and ready for use before the start of the 2011 season.

Completing such a large project, and doing so on an aggressively short timetable, is no easy feat. In working quickly to construct Phase II, complications would inevitably arise. But design people from Corley Redfoot Zack, Inc., along with general contractor T.A. Loving Company, subcontractors, university officials, and the athletic department, among many others who have had a hand in the Phase II effort, have helped in the aim to keep the project moving swiftly and smoothly...

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