University of North Carolina
Genetic Medicine Building
Chapel Hill, NC
The Genetic Medicine Building stands as a significant addition to the University’s south medical school campus and provides a primary component in the medical center’s expanding research facilities. This 340,000 gsf building provides extensive state-of-the-art wet and dry lab functions, office areas, and support space for genetics, pharmacology, and other life sciences research.
The laboratories are designed with flexibility and adaptability in mind. Transparency throughout the facility and carefully considered circulation enhances and promotes casual interaction and collaboration.
Computational areas, dry analytical spaces and wet bench areas are all integrated into the interdisciplinary lab modules. This has become a key design component for interdisciplinary laboratory planning projects.
The Genetic Medicine Building creates the southern edge of a quadrangle that is bounded on the east by the University’s new Bioinformatics building. Two of the seven floors are located below ground level to accommodate the site grading and allow for a smaller building above ground.