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North Carolina Research Campus

David H. Murdock Core Laboratory Building

This 350-acre, private-venture research campus hosts the most advanced research laboratory space in the nation, and fosters collaborative, cross-disciplinary science among private businesses and universities to test, explore and advance scientific knowledge focused on biotechnology, nutrition, agriculture and health.

The Core Laboratory Building is the campus’ centerpiece and main facility for scientific research. The building comprises analytical chemistry labs, organic synthesis labs, clinical chemistry labs, radiochemistry lab, gamma radioisotope lab, Class 1,000 clean rooms, bio-specimen freezer facility, DNA analysis suites, immuno-bioassay lab, metabolomics lab, proteomics lab, fermentation facility; a 25,000-sf vivarium, 5,000-sf animal imaging suite with cyclotron, cluster of vibration-sensitive imaging equipment with an MRI, and two floors for research tenants, also includes conference, training, and administrative space.

HERA also worked on two other shared research facilities on the campus—the new 120,000-sf Plants for Human Health Building and the new 120,000-sf Nutrition Research Building.

All the projects were delivered with design-bid-build method.


Kannapolis, North Carolina


311,000 GSF




Master planning, programming, laboratory planning and design, construction administration assistance, equipment planning


Creech and Associates

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