CPC On The Move!

Originally posted August 28, 2014.


What did the Carolina Population Center do this summer? Everyone at CPC participated in a major office move. Over 300 people affiliated with the center moved between December 2013 and June 2014.

The move was required because of the forthcoming demolition of University Square East and West towers at 123 and 143 West Franklin St. This move prompted recollections of CPC’s 48-year history and its origins with offices at University Square. Additions to the center’s history archive were unearthed as faculty and staff worked their way through lots of paper, most of which was scanned or shredded. A few treasures are from CPC’s education campaigns: vinyl records from the “How Many Children Do You Want?” series launched in 1970 and filmstrips and audio cassettes from the Population Dynamics series in 1975. Also found were early computing gems including IBM keypunch cards, 12” magnetic (reel) tapes, greenbar paper, 5¼” floppy disks, 3½” diskettes, CD-ROMs, and even diskettes with WordStar and Lotus 1-2-3 software.

As described in CPC’s history website, in 1968 CPC outgrew its space at 500 Pittsboro Street and the two-year-old University Square East Tower was a perfect location close to campus. CPC’s first Director Moye W. Freymann is shown working at University Square in this photo. CPC was in University Square for 46 years.

Where are we now? We’re in five different buildings – four are within walking distance of UNC’s campus, while the MEASURE Evaluation project’s offices are in Meadowmont. For the most part, we’re grouped by research disciplines and areas as described below with clusters centered around our multidisciplinary collaborating research teams. Our predoctoral trainees and postdoctoral scholars are located near their preceptors.


206 West Franklin Street (2nd floor and basement)

  • CPC’s Director Phil Morgan and the center’s deputy directors
  • Human resources, travel, proposals, general services
  • Research Services including the library, spatial analysis, publications and graphics, data support and programming, IT services, web services, and Carolina Demography
  • Add Health project and other research projects, including those with social science and public health focus
  • Training program administration
  • Friday seminars will be held in Room B005 in the basement of this building

137 East Franklin Street (CVS Tower - formerly Bank of America Plaza), 6th floor

211 West Cameron Avenue, building behind church building

308 West Rosemary Street, 2nd floor

400 Meadowmont Village Circle, 3rd floor

CPC phone numbers also changed. Use the CPC Phone Directory to find new numbers and office locations.

If you’re coming to visit us, please use these directions and photo references to get to our offices.

This move was a major undertaking and we thank:

  • UNC’s Vice Chancellor for Research
  • UNC’s ITS Communication Technologies
  • UNC’s Design and Construction Services
  • UNC’s Engineering Information Services
  • UNC’s Purchasing Office
  • UNC’s Physicians & Associates
  • UNC’s Surplus Property Office
  • Several vendors: TROSA Moving Company, Two Men and a Truck Moving Company, Alfred Williams, Triangle Office Equipment, Dynamic Electrical Solutions, Gunneson Electric Co., Security Integration Group, Learning Environments, Inc., Whitlock
  • Owners and property managers of University Square and all new buildings
  • The many CPC staff who coordinated and participated in making the move a success

Before University Square was built on West Franklin Street, the former Chapel Hill High School was located on the same land, as seen in this aerial photo of downtown Chapel Hill in 1960.

Demolition of University Square is scheduled to begin in 2015. A new complex will be built in its place and will be called 123 West Franklin Street. The Carolina Population Center is slated to move from our five buildings into the new office building.


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