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Carrington Hall

University of North Carolina

Location: Chapel Hill, NC
Budget: $20 million
Size: 70,000 sf
Year Completed: 2005

Completed in 2005, the $20 million Carrington Hall is a 70,000 SF addition constructed on an urban site on a former parking lot. The seven-story building is framed with reinforced concrete post-tensioned flat slabs and concrete columns. Reinforced concrete shear walls are utilized around the stair and elevators as the lateral force resisting system. A mechanical penthouse rises from the seventh level framed with steel bar joists on steel stud bearing walls.

The project is the first in the 16-school North Carolina university system to receive LEED Certification. The most prominent “green” feature is a roof garden that has become a model for other projects in the region. Carrington Hall is clad in traditional brick and also utilizes cast stone and curtain wall. The building excavation was complicated by adjacent buildings and underground utilities; the work required active participation by the LHC team during construction.

Architect: Clark Nexsen
Photographer: KC Ramsay Photograph