Chapel Hill, NC | Perkins+Will

This $245-million, nine-story, 340,000-square-foot facility houses laboratory space for nanomedicine, biomedical imaging, School of Pharmacy laboratories, a vivarium, general-purpose laboratories as well as administrative and support spaces.

The building required an Early Site Package to meet the aggressive schedule for final completion. Civil work consisted of potable water and sanitary sewer improvements, grading, erosion control, and storm water design. The unique storm system included a critical storm water pump station and large force main, which was required due to site constraints. Also, to meet the Jordan Nutrient Watershed protection rules, a 75,000 gallon cistern was designed to provide re-use water for the buildings in the UNC campus quadrangle.

Special structural considerations of this Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Silver goal project include vibration and radiation shielding requirements, below-grade waterproofing for two underground floors, a cyclotron vault with walls and ceiling concrete thicknesses that vary from 5 to 7 feet and designing with non-magnetic steel reinforcing in areas intended for equipment with high-power magnets. Another unique challenge was creating spaces for such state-of-the-art equipment that its manufacturer had not completed its design.


2015: ACEC NC – Engineering Excellence Grand Conceptor Award

2015: Associated Builders and Contractors – Best Mega Project (Over $100 million) in the Nation

2015: Associated Builders and Contractors of the Carolinas – Eagle Award, Best Higher Education Project in North and South Carolina

2015: Associated Builders and Contractors of the Carolinas – Carolinas Green Award

2014: Engineering News Record Southeast – Excellence in Safety Award

2011, 2012, 2013: North Carolina Department of Labor – Gold Certificate of Safety

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