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MEDICAL EDUCATION BUILDING

Location: Chapel Hill, NC
Size: 172,000 sf
Projected Completion:
2022

The Medical Education Building (MEB) replaces Berryhill Hall where UNC medical students have trained for over 50 years.  The project began with a feasibility study that looked at renovating Berryhill Hall.  LHC found the lateral force resisting system to be deficient for current seismic design criteria.  Considering the burden of addressing this and multiple other deficiencies, it was decided to demolish the building and construct the MEB on the same site.

The new building is eight stories plus a penthouse framed with structural steel founded on drilled micro-piles.  The two-story atrium opens up to an exterior plaza with connectivity to the adjacent courtyard and café space in Brinkhaus-Bullitt Hall.  Off the atrium is the 400-seat Active Learning Theatre with large open space spanned by steel transfer trusses supporting the learning and collaboration space on the floors above.  The grade changes approximately 25 ft. from the courtyard to the west down to Medical Drive to the east; foundations and framing traverse the grade change while interfacing with Carrington Hall, Brinkhaus-Bullitt Hall and multiple site utilities.

In addition to the feasibility study and building design, LHC participated in the design of enabling projects to relocate and protect chilled water and steam utilities and to relocated vivarium and animal surgery space to multiple buildings on campus. 



 Architect: Flad Architects / SLAM Collaborative