University of North Carolina
Mary Ellen Jones Research Building Renovation
Chapel Hill, NC
The 228,000 sf Mary Ellen Jones Research Building, completed in 1978, is undergoing a full renovation to provide new laboratories, offices, a vivarium, public spaces and collaborative amenities to support the UNC School of Medicine.
Our work at the Mary Ellen Jones Building began with a Feasibility Study to assess potential strategies to renovate or expand the building. This study also included a precinct analysis, which recommended the addition of an elevated plaza to connect the building to the pedestrian circulation network and realize the campus master plan. The study defined a path forward for transforming the existing, outdated and highly compartmentalized laboratories into more open and flexible facilities in alignment with the dynamic, collaborative and interdisciplinary research taking place at UNC. Exterior work includes recladding a significant portion of the building with a high-performance curtainwall system – significantly enhancing the quality of the working environment and allowing for views and daylighting within interior spaces.
LAS has also been involved in the planning for research occupants for the building, including the programming and design for the following groups: Biomedical Engineering, Computational Genomics, Thrombosis and Hemostasis, Dermatology, Pediatrics, Neurosciences and DLAM. The third floor of the building will also contain a shared public collaboration area with conference rooms and gathering spaces.