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University of North Carolina
Energy Production Infrastructure Center
Charlotte, North Carolina

This new, multidisciplinary research facility was designed to enhance collaboration between students, faculty and energy industry partners providing innovative, interdisciplinary education and applied research opportunities.

Nearly half of the facility is dedicated to flexible/adaptable wet and dry research and teaching laboratories and specialized spaces such as manufacturing, testing, analytical chemistry, trace analysis, DNA, computational, signal processing/communications, shielded rooms, microelectronics research and fabrication, laser, ion processing, environmental and high bay. Together with a variety of lecture, classroom and conference/outreach space, the facility offers access and interaction to advance the novel concepts being developed by the state’s research community from bench-top to commercialized products and companies.

Landing zones encourage a higher level of interaction by providing office, lab and research support to industrial and visiting faculty/graduate students working with the university-based research teams. The landing zones offer a unique level of scientific access and capability while allowing for proprietary work and security.

Energy research includes fossil fuels, nuclear and numerous alternative technologies such as hydrogen and fuel cells, thermophysics/thermodynamics, wind, solar and bio-sources. Infrastructure refers to the engineering structure needed to support power generation and distribution. Located on the Charlotte Research Institute Campus, EPIC is LEED Gold certified.

Size: 200,000 gross square feet

Architect: Creech & Associates