University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Koury Oral Health Sciences Building

Complex building integrates buildings to advance dental research and education.

The UNC School of Dentistry envisioned the Koury Oral Health Sciences Building as the keystone project connecting with its existing three buildings to create an integrated research complex for exploring the relationship between oral and overall health. AEI’s exhaustive energy modeling helped determine design of the best systems for energy efficiency while maintaining thermal comfort and cost-effectiveness.


Chapel Hill, NC


  • Flad Architects - Architect of Record

LEED Status


Building Size

216,090 square feet


  • 2013 Brick Design Award

Open research labs.

Affiliated Engineers provided mechanical, electrical, piping, and information technology design services for the project. AEI also provided the site utility design for UNC’s 5 KV, steam and chilled water systems. The project achieved LEED Gold certification.

In addition to providing instruction, the UNC School of Dentistry is a leader in exploring the relationships between such dental conditions as periodontal (gum) disease, and diabetes, heart disease, and other systemic disorders.

Central atrium space with Brauer, Koury and Old Dental from left to right.

different floor-to-floor heights, different building codes.

Primary instruction and simulation spaces for UNC dental Students.

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