UNC Imaging Research Building

The Imaging Research Building on the campus of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is a unique, leading edge research center containing the most advanced imaging equipment in any one location in the world. The building contains a 17 MEV Cyclotron to produce radioisotopes and ultimate radiopharmaceuticals used in nuclear imaging, five separate nuclear MRIs ranging from 500 to 950 MHz, four different MRIs from 3 to 9.4 tesla and an X-ray generator with X-ray imagining. The center of chemical biology is housed in the building to develop new compounds to fight cancer and other diseases. In this building, UNC-Chapel Hill researchers will conceive new ways to detect, diagnose, and treat serious illnesses in human populations to improve our future quality of life. The construction of the mechanical and plumbing systems in the "IRB" presented several challenges during the preconstruction and construction phases of the project. The building is the largest research building on UNC-CH's campus making the construction no small task. The challenges were a direct result of the facility's complexity, university, and hospital surroundings and purpose to provide extraordinary benefits to the researchers. The mechanical value of this project is $37,000,000.