Construction keeps campus humming this summer duke today year 6 electricity assessment


Just inside the front door, there will be a small closet. Beyond that, the suite opens onto a kitchenette and living area. Right now, the interior walls are nothing more than metal framing, so light from massive windows washes through the entire space. On the other side of the windows, is a lush, green forest.

Over the summer, between 170 to 200 workers will be on the site each day. Over the next few weeks, the concrete and metal framing will be covered over with sheetrock walls and, finally, bricks. Massive cranes that have loomed over West Campus will likely come down in July.

What’s happening: Solar panels are being installed above the parking areas on the top-level of the seven-story garage. The panels will provide 1.3 million kilowatt hours of electricity, more than is required to meet the electrical demands of the garage.

Thanks to key pieces of infrastructure already incorporated into the design of the deck, the project should be a quick one. The outer support structures are currently being completed and solar panel installation has begun. Work on the center bay support structures will begin in June.

What’s happening: While it has had modest renovations since opening in 1930 as one of the first residence halls on West Campus, Crowell Quad had yet to see the kind of comprehensive improvements involved in this most-recent work. While the exteriors remained largely intact, the interiors were gutted. New HVAC systems were added, outdated firewalls were removed in order to improve flow, sprinkler system was added and the electrical system received major upgrades. Exterior windows were restored and the Ludowici clay tile roof replaced.

What’s happening: Also one of the first residence halls built on West Campus in 1930 Craven’s interior will undergo an overhaul. Like Crowell, the utility infrastructure – such as electrical, heating and cooling, and sprinkler systems – will see major upgrades while obsolete firewalls opened for circulation. Exterior windows will be restored and the clay tile roof replaced.

What’s happening: The pedestrian entrance to East Campus near the intersection of Broad and Perry Streets will see improvements as more pavers are added, along with bollards to restrict vehicular traffic, and nearby stone walls will be extended to create a more cohesive look.

What’s happening: The stunning new home for the Duke Alumni Association is continuing to take shape at the corner of Chapel Drive and Duke University Road. The wood and glass event building and meeting pavilion will soon be enclosed, allowing work on the interior to begin. Much of the work on the existing Forlines House has already been completed with much of the current work focusing on the interior. The second story of the Duke Alumni Association’s future offices is being framed.

What’s happening: In order to ease congestion at a pinch-point for West Campus foot traffic, the sidewalk near the intersection of Science Drive and Bryan Center Drive will be widened by 12 feet on the side near Chapel Woods. Also, a new bus shelter for the existing bus stop will be constructed and there will be a new Duke stone seat wall along the walk.

What’s happening: Work recently began on the new engineering building on the corner of Research Drive and Telecom Drive. Still in the early phases, the work currently consists of rerouting existing utilities and excavating for the building’s foundation.

What’s happening: Construction will continue on the five-story, 102,000 square foot building along Trent Drive that will serve multiple purposes. Work began on the building, which replaces the now-demolished one-story Elizabeth C. Clipp Building, this winter and will continue well into next year.

Roughly 50 percent of the building, which is connected to the Christine Siegler Pearson Building, will be occupied by the Duke University School of Nursing. It will also house Duke’s Doctor of Physical Therapy program and offices for the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery.