UNC Chapel Hill Genomic Science Image
Chapel Hill, North Carolina, United States

UNC Chapel Hill Genomic Science

Lendlease, in joint venture with Clancy & Theys Construction Company, managed the Genomic Science Building project under the University System Construction Manager at Risk Program.


UNC Chapel Hill Genomic Science

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Chapel Hill, North Carolina, United States


470,000 square feet

Construction Management, GMP

Skidmore, Owings & Merrill

Project outcome

The multi-phased, mixed-use project included the construction of a 228,000 square foot genomic science laboratory, 750-vehicle parking deck, an improved chiller plant, and site utility and infrastructure work including an underground cistern and series of storm management chambers capable of mitigating a 50-year flood. Additionally, the project served to link the UNC Hospitals/Health Affairs and Academic Affairs areas of the campus.

The project was located in the heart of the University of North Carolina's Chapel Hill campus on a former parking lot and surrounded by UNC Hospital, the State Coroner's Office, Kenan Stadium, several campus buildings, and a main road and heavily trafficked pedestrian paths. The project team were required to maintain access for facilities and maintenance persons at all times.

The modern, state-of-the-art genomic science laboratory building contains classrooms including an 80-seat classroom and four 30-seat seminar rooms, laboratories including nine wet laboratories, four bioinformatics laboratories, and a 250-seat and a 450-seat lecture halls.

The project team incorporated safety and sustainable components into the project, keeping in line with the Lendlease commitment to sustainability and safety. For example, built into each subcontract were requirements to have an OSHA 30-hour trained, competent person on site at any time work is being completed.

The project achieved a LEED-NC Gold rating.