University of North Carolina Genome Science Building

Chapel Hill, North Carolina / United States of America

The 210,000 square-feet concrete and glass Genome Science Building is home to the University of North Carolina's interdisciplinary genomic sciences. Completed in September 2012, the building fosters collaboration through its shared lab, work, learning, and social spaces. Its upper floors house a research greenhouse, wet and dry laboratories, and support services. Three research lab "pods"—that can be shared by up to 30 people—are configured to maximize interaction; food and informal gathering places are strategically placed at points of "collision." The pods are lifted above a porous plaza level containing glass enclosed core labs, seminar rooms, and a new café. The GSB's lower levels provide teaching facilities, linking the research above with undergraduate teaching for the entire university below.

The building's use of exposed concrete introduces contemporary design into UNC's traditional Georgian campus architecture. The concrete structural walls that frame and support the building's research laboratories are visible through—and contrast with—its glass membrane as it passes from the interior to the exterior. Inside, the material creates an elegant, warm finish, providing clarity of structure and a timeless framework of adaptable spaces.

The GSB earned a LEED Gold rating thanks to a suite of integrated sustainable features.

Architect of record

Richard Tomlinson
Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP
224 S. Michigan Ave., Suite 1000
Chicago, IL 60604, United States
Phone: 312 360 4378

General contractor

Ronnie Stott
Bovis Lend Lease/Clancy & Theys--a Joint Venture--CM at Risk
8540 Colonnade Center, Suite 201
Raleigh, NC 27615, United States
Phone: 919 841 5100

Consultant 1

Jerold Schuett
AEI Affiliated Engineers
1414 Raleigh Rd., Suite 305
Chapel Hill, NC 27517, United States
Phone: 919 419 9802

Consultant 2

Leslie Ashor
Research Facilities Design
3965 Fifth Ave., Suite 300
San Diego, CA 92103, United States
Phone: 619 297 0159

Consultant 3

Peter Schaudt
Hoerr Schaudt
410 S. Michigan Ave., Suite 612
Chicago, IL 60605, United States
Phone: 312 922 9090

Consultant 4

Lester Lowe
McKim & Creed
1730 Varsity Dr., Suite 500
Raleigh, NC 27606, United States
Phone: 919 233 8091

Consultant 5

Roy Lornenzen
Stewart Engineering
421 Fayetteville Street Mall, Suite 400
Raleigh, NC 27601, United States
Phone: 919 380 8750


Tom Rossiter
Tom Rossiter
2615 N. Wilton Ave.
Chicago, IL 60614, United States
Phone: 312 543 8233