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The building will allow the UNC School of Medicine to increase enrollment, training more physicians to care for the people of North Carolina.

The highest steel beam was set in place on Monday, Nov. 15, at Roper Hall, the UNC School of Medicine’s new medical education building that is expected to open in spring 2023. The building is named in honor of Dr. Bill Roper, former dean of the UNC School of Medicine and CEO of UNC Health.

“If you were to visit Roper Hall once it is opened you would see hundreds of students, staff and faculty working together in an exciting atmosphere as our students learn and develop into future Tar Heel doctors in service to the state and beyond,” said Cam Enarson, vice dean for strategic initiatives in the UNC School of Medicine, at the building’s topping out ceremony.

Dr. Cam Enarson, UNC School of Medicine Vice Dean for Strategic Initiatives Cam Enarson speaks at the Nov. 15, 2021, Roper Hall Topping Out Ceremony.

“The students who learn how to become doctors inside Roper Hall may one day care for us and our loved ones, and for that we are grateful.”

Roper Hall was designed with a 50-year vision to enhance medical education at Carolina for decades to come, which will allow for expanded enrollment at the UNC School of Medicine.

The building will feature the latest technology for simulation and telemedicine in addition to classroom spaces designed to facilitate collaboration between students and faculty as well as interdisciplinary learning.

It will provide enhanced connections between medical students in Chapel Hill and those learning at UNC School of Medicine satellite campuses in Asheville, Charlotte and Wilmington.

Additionally, the building’s eight floors will include a 240-seat Active Learning Theater, two floors dedicated to clinical skills and simulated learning, and flexible labs, classroom, study and collaboration spaces.

The highest steel beam is placed on Roper Hall on Nov. 15, 2021, during the building’s Topping Out Ceremony.

Many thanks to our construction partners at TA Loving, FLAD architects, and for everyone across the School of Medicine and UNC Health who has contributed to the ideas and designs behind Roper Hall.