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Blue Cross Blue Shield Of NC Moving Out Of Iconic Chapel Hill Building

BlueCross BlueShield NC's Chapel Hill headquarters, a rhomboid-shaped glass building built in 1973.
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Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina employees will soon move out of their landmark Chapel Hill headquarters and consolidate operations in Durham. The health insurer purchased two buildings on its Durham campus where they could move employees starting in September. 

Spokesman Lew Borman says the move is expected to save the company up to $2.5 million in operating costs annually.  As for the signature building they now call home, Borman says its fate is yet to be determined.

"In 1973 when we opened the doors of the Chapel Hill glass, rhomboid structure it was state of the art…and there's a lot of history here,” Borman says. “So we know the importance of this building to the community and we're going to work closely with town leaders and keep them informed as we discuss the future of this property."

Borman says he expects most of the 900 Chapel Hill employees to make the move to Durham.  Chapel Hill officials say they made every effort to keep the company in the town.

Gurnal Scott joined North Carolina Public Radio in March 2012 after several stops in radio and television. After graduating from the College of Charleston in his South Carolina hometown, he began his career in radio there. He started as a sports reporter at News/Talk Radio WTMA and won five Sportscaster of the Year awards. In 1997, Gurnal moved on to television as general assignment reporter and weekend anchor for WCSC-TV in Charleston. He anchored the market's top-rated weekend newscasts until leaving Charleston for Memphis, TN in 2002. Gurnal worked at WPTY-TV for two years before returning to his roots in radio. He joined the staff of Memphis' NewsRadio 600 WREC in 2004 eventually rising to News Director. In 2006, Raleigh news radio station WPTF came calling and he became the station's chief correspondent. Gurnal’s reporting has been honored by the South Carolina Broadcasters Association, the North Carolina Associated Press, and the Radio Television Digital News Association of the Carolinas.
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