University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Marsico Hall

Marsico Hall is a high-rise research facility including laboratories for drug discovery and delivery, a vivarium housing 3,000 small and 18 large animal cages, general wet laboratories, and a campus district energy plant. Marsico Hall houses many of the School of Medicine’s and the Eshelman School of Pharmacy’s research programs, including the Marsico Lung Institute, the Biomedical Research Imaging Center, and researchers from the Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center, nanomedicine, microbiology and immunology, and pharmaco-engineering. Underground chilled water piping work includes the replacement of 800 linear feet of 24″ chilled water mains and a new 18″ connection to the Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center. Imaging equipment located in the facility includes a cyclotron, a small bore 9T MRI, a 3T MRI, MR/PET, PET/CT, and multiple NMRs. Sustainable features include a district energy plant with heat recovery chillers, a runaround loop energy recovery system, variable volume laboratory controls, a non-potable water system, low flow plumbing fixtures, and laboratory equipment water saving options. This building is pursuing LEED Silver certification.

Acoustics

Mechanical and electrical systems noise and vibration control.

Audio-Visual

Audio-visual systems including videoconferencing and distance learning technologies for numerous medium and small classrooms and conference rooms.

Campus Infrastructure

Extension of the campus steam system, including the addition of manholes and precast pipe tunnels.

Communications

Voice and data pathways and cabling systems, complete wireless LAN coverage, and a raceway system supporting a distributed antenna system (DAS) for connection to future campus in-building wireless systems.

Security

Video surveillance, access control, and alarm monitoring systems monitor laboratories and audit/log users into controlled spaces.

Plumbing

Two pure water generating systems are provided for the building, each serving three floors. Each system is sub-divided into a low-grade system that generates RO-quality water for distribution to glassware washers and clean steam generators for sterilizers and into a high-grade system (supplied from the low-grade system) that generates deionized water for distribution to laboratory pure water faucets. Each low-grade sub-system is capable of producing a minimum of 1,080 gallons per day; each high-grade sub-system is capable of producing a minimum of 675 gallons per day. The typical low-grade sub-system consists of pre-filters, a water softener, carbon filters, reverse-osmosis unit, master control unit (to control both the low- and high-grade sub-systems), storage tank, distribution pumps, ultraviolet sterilizer, post-filter, and distribution piping. The typical high-grade sub-system consists of a storage tank, distribution pumps, ultraviolet sterilizers, deionization vessels, post-filter, water quality monitor, and distribution piping.

Electrical

Electrical design includes landscape and site lighting for a quad between Marsico Hall and the Genetic Medicine Building.

Awards

Marsico Hall is the recipient of the 2014 National ENR Excellence in Safety Award and the 2014 ENR Southeast Award of Merit in the Higher Education/ Research category.

Project Data
LOCATION SIZE SERVICES CLIENT
Chapel Hill, North Carolina 343,000 square feet Mechanical, Electrical, Plumbing, Fire Protection, Audio-Visual, Communications, Security Perkins+Will

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