University of North Carolina Koury Oral Health Sciences Center
Creating a common ground
LocationChapel Hill, North Carolina
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill envisioned a dynamic, functional, and inspiring environment for the dental sciences building. With this new facility, the institution will be able to recruit top-tier students and faculty, while furthering the development of a health sciences precinct on campus.
Key elements of the design include: respectfully working with the scale and historic character of the university's academic precinct; creating meaningful interior and exterior spaces for students, faculty, and researchers; establishing state-of-the-art instructional spaces to accommodate evolving technology and instruction methods; and creating flexible and efficient research environments that are not only connected to clinic spaces, but designed to encourage collaboration among disciplines.
The resulting design meets all of these goals. The facility, which is composed of two wings, includes clinical, research, and educational spaces, an internal, sky-lit "Main Street," and a dental commons area.
One of our goals from the beginning was to create a social hub for the school,
its patients, and its visitors to enjoy. By recovering the under-utilized courtyards and alleyways
between existing buildings, we were able to incorporate a light-filled Dental Commons
area as a space not only connecting the buildings, but the people who use them as well.
Chuck MummertAIA, LEED AP BD+C, PrincipalFlad Architects
We want to see Carolina remain at the top of dental education, and this building allows us to
use innovation to its best advantage in new educational methodology.
Dr. Janet GuthmillerAssociate Dean for Academic Affairs