Master Plan: Implemented over three successive phases, the Towers|Golde site design seamlessly integrates this ten-building complex of new and renovated facilities into the fabric of the 1920’s Polk Place landscape. The plan honors not only the scale and the spatial organization of the historic campus core, but also the grid of its pathways and the rhythm of the smaller quadrangles which flank the central lawn.
Traditional brick walks, lawns with majestic tree canopies, and iconic native rock walls characterize the new complex, disguising the fact that, to meet both the programmatic and aesthetic requirements of the project, many of the landscape spaces are on-grade roof-deck developments above support facilities which will include a 300-car garage and central delivery area in the final phase.
Two buildings were constructed in the initial implementation of a $400 million, three-phase science complex that Towers|Golde helped master plan for the University of North Carolina:
Chapman Hall has been inserted between three existing buildings with almost surgical precision. The challenge of the site design was to celebrate the various entries at different levels of the four distinct buildings while providing accessibility, and to preserve/enhance a memorial azalea garden with native stone walls and seating areas.
Caudill Laboratories climbs a steeply rolling site adjacent to the Wilson Library at the terminus of Polk Place, the historic campus quadrangle. The building straddles one north-south campus pedestrian axis and fronts on a major cross axis, providing exciting integration of building and site design.