University of North Carolina Genome Science Building

University of North Carolina Genome Science Building
University of North Carolina Genome Science Building
University of North Carolina Genome Science Building

Project Facts
  • Status Construction Complete
  • Completion Year 2013
  • Design Finish Year 2008
  • Size Building Height: 100 feet Number of Stories: 6
  • Awards
    2011, R + D Award, Architect Magazine 2012, Award of Merit: Schools Over $50 Million, Associated Builders & Contractors of the Carolinas, Inc. 2013, Green Gala Sustainable Business Awards: Thomas Edison Award, U.S. Green Building Council, North Carolina 2013, Design Excellence Award: Education Design, First Place, American Society for Interior Designers - Illinois Chapter 2013, CRSI Honors Recognition Program award, Concrete Reinforcing Steel Institute 2014, Honor Award, AIA – Illinois Chapter 2014, WAN Concrete in Architecture Awards: Shortlist, World Architecture News (WAN) 2014, Excellence in Structural Engineering: Honorable Mention, projects between $50 m, Structural Engineers Association Of Illinois
  • Sustainability Certifications LEED BD+C NC (New Construction) Gold, BD+C, Gold
  • Collaborators
    AEI Affiliated Engineers Construction Cost Systems - Illinois Research Facilities Design Rja Group Walker Parking Consultants Susan Brady Lighting Mckim & Creed, Pa Stewart Engineering Inc. Martin/Alexiou/Bryson Pllc Tom Rossiter Photography American Aerial Photos Kimley-Horn Associates Hoerr Schaudt Carpenter Norris Consulting Jones Worley Cerami & Associates
Project Facts
  • Status Construction Complete
  • Completion Year 2013
  • Design Finish Year 2008
  • Size Building Height: 100 feet Number of Stories: 6
  • Awards
    2011, R + D Award, Architect Magazine 2012, Award of Merit: Schools Over $50 Million, Associated Builders & Contractors of the Carolinas, Inc. 2013, Green Gala Sustainable Business Awards: Thomas Edison Award, U.S. Green Building Council, North Carolina 2013, Design Excellence Award: Education Design, First Place, American Society for Interior Designers - Illinois Chapter 2013, CRSI Honors Recognition Program award, Concrete Reinforcing Steel Institute 2014, Honor Award, AIA – Illinois Chapter 2014, WAN Concrete in Architecture Awards: Shortlist, World Architecture News (WAN) 2014, Excellence in Structural Engineering: Honorable Mention, projects between $50 m, Structural Engineers Association Of Illinois
  • Sustainability Certifications LEED BD+C NC (New Construction) Gold, BD+C, Gold
  • Collaborators
    AEI Affiliated Engineers Construction Cost Systems - Illinois Research Facilities Design Rja Group Walker Parking Consultants Susan Brady Lighting Mckim & Creed, Pa Stewart Engineering Inc. Martin/Alexiou/Bryson Pllc Tom Rossiter Photography American Aerial Photos Kimley-Horn Associates Hoerr Schaudt Carpenter Norris Consulting Jones Worley Cerami & Associates

As the centerpiece in SOM’s Bell Tower District master plan for the University of North Carolina, the Genome Sciences Building adds inviting new classrooms and laboratories while improving pedestrian access between the university’s historic north campus and its medical school.

Its glass-enclosed ground floor welcomes students inside, where flexible spaces encourage informal interactions. The design team created areas for traditional wet labs by dividing the building’s upper levels into three pods, each tailored to specific research programs.

Sustainable features such as daylighting strategies, high-performance glazing, and a green roof helped the building earn a LEED® Gold rating. Moreover, much of the structure is exposed, eliminating the need for a finish application and reducing costs.