View of the courtyard at the Genome Science Building on the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill campus at dusk
UNC's Genome Science Building entryway detailing
This building was part of the Bell Tower development project at UNC chapel hill
Genome Science Building on the campus of North Carolina University at Chapel Hill
Genome Science Building lecture hall lobby
The new central park includes a bowl-shaped lawn articulated with granite retaining walls that are at seat height
One of three conference rooms in the Genome Science Building
Support rooms include cold rooms, dark rooms, tissue culture, growth chamber, freezer farm, crystallography, low ozone, x-ray, robotics, isotope, warm room, and plant growth
Nine wet laboratories, four bioinformatics laboratories, and a ten-compartment greenhouse
Classrooms including an 80-seat classroom, four 30-seat seminar rooms, a 250-seat and a 450-seat lecture hall
A cast-in-place architectural concrete building with multiple glass systems with two levels below grade, five levels above grade
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Bell Tower Development – Genome Science Building

The $177 million CM at-Risk project built by Clancy & Theys Construction Company consisted of the new Genomic Science Building, new central park, related site utilities work, surface parking, a new cast-in-place parking deck and modifications/additions to the existing chiller plant on a tight 20-acre site at UNC-CH.

The Genome Sciences Building (GSB) is a cast-in-place architectural concrete building with multiple glass systems with two levels below grade, five levels above grade, and a greenhouse on the roof.  The GSB contains research laboratories, research support space, classrooms including an 80-seat classroom, four 30-seat seminar rooms, a 250-seat and a 450-seat lecture hall, 54 offices, and three conference rooms.  GSB incorporates three distinct laboratory types: wet labs, dry labs and rooftop greenhouses. By the numbers: nine wet laboratories, four bioinformatics laboratories, and a ten-compartment greenhouse.  Support rooms include cold rooms, dark rooms, tissue culture, growth chamber, freezer farm, crystallography, low ozone, x-ray, robotics, isotope, warm room, and plant growth. Level five is the roof level and contains a greenhouse space and an extensive green roof system that utilizes a low-profile perimeter air diffuser cabinet along the exterior wall of the greenhouse along with clear acrylic ductwork to maximize natural light exposure.  With a fully functioning headhouse and lobby entrance gallery, the rooftop greenhouse of the GSB is a unique design feature of the building—one with a minimal presence—stylized and in-line with the façade of the building enclosure.

The new central park includes a bowl-shaped lawn articulated with granite retaining walls that are at seat height.  This area slopes down from the eastern entrance of the Genomic Science Building to Kenan Stadium and includes a narrow granite wall water feature intended for large gatherings/seating during outdoor events.  The cast-in-place concrete parking deck is an eight-level parking deck accommodating 700+ cars and is located between the chiller plant and central park.  The chiller plant was upgraded and new cooling towers replaced.

Project earned LEED Gold.