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.
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.
“The project name fails to convey to complexity of the project. Programmatically, the space includes traditional simulation and instruction spaces, Dean and development suites, open research labs and shared instrument rooms. It also includes a BSL-3 suite and a life sciences lab. And Koury connects to three adjacent buildings to form an integrated dental science complex.”
- different floor-to-floor heights, different building codes.