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Horizontal openings should not be treated as strip windows. Ideally, window openings should be vertical.

  • Acceptable materials for window frames are: wood (painted or clad) or metal.
  • Windows should be operable (where technically feasible).
  • Frame color will vary throughout campus but will be compatible with exterior of building. (Sample panels will need to be developed for final approval, ideally during design development.)
  • Standard module should be vertical, organized with the facade tripartite system of base, middle and top.
  • Special windows (square, arch, round, etc.) should appear in base or attic.
  • Tops of windows could be a lintel or an arch. (In either case, the head and sill should be articulated, with head either a jack arch or limestone/precast.)
  • Clear glass is preferred. (Any colored glass should use subtle/soft colors. No reflective glass should be used.)
  • Patient care facilities and historical renovations may require special exceptions. Tinted glass may be used where required for patient privacy.

UNC-Chapel Hill

Murphey Hall

Other Precedents

University of Maryland, Baltimore

UNC-Chapel Hill

Single Window
Double Windows

Other Precedents

Syracuse University
Johns Hopkins University
  • Entries should be created by a hierarchy of openings.
  • Terraces, porches and other transitional devices should be considered.
  • Main entrances should be proportional to entire facade.
  • Consideration should be given to shade and overhead cover.
  • Arrival area in front of entry should be identified by landscaping and paving.
  • Buildings may have multiple primary entries, with all sides of every building being equally considered.
  • Doors should be wood or metal with glazing.
  • Primary entries must accommodate access for the handicapped.
  • These principles should be applied to renovations as well.

UNC-Chapel Hill

Howell Hall
Carroll Hall
Dey Hall
Old East

Other Precedents

Old Dominion University
Princeton University
Syracuse University
Johns Hopkins University
Johns Hopkins University