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Caudill Laboratories

University of North Carolina

Location: Chapel Hill, NC
$70 million
Size: 150,000 sf
Year Completed: 2006

Completed in 2006, the W. Lowry and Susan S. Caudill Laboratories is the first phase of UNC’s massive Science Complex project. The 150,000 SF building is four stories above grade and the equivalent of three stories below grade. The building is framed with cast-in-place concrete with steel framed gable roofs and chimneys. The building abuts the adjacent Kenan Laboratories building, which was underpinned for the full height of the basement excavation. 

The building framing accommodates dense mechanical systems associated with lab space for the departments of chemistry, computer science, marine sciences and physics. The steel framed chimneys are functional, with building exhaust stacks concealed within. Specialized areas include an NMR suite and clean room space to be utilized by the Institute for Advanced Materials, Nanoscience and Technology.

Architect: Wilson Architects
Photographer: Gerry Blake