New buildings dedicated on Duke campus

Apr. 11, 2014 @ 07:18 PM

Duke University dedicated two new buildings Thursday on West Campus.

Duke Environment Hall, which cost $40 million, is a 70,000-square-foot building on Circuit Drive that’s the new home of the Nicholas School of the Environment.

The building was designed to meet or exceed the criteria for the LEED green building’s highest certification level. It incorporates -- among other features -- a green roof, solar hot water and photovoltaic systems, greywater and rainwater recycling for toilets and irrigation and a thermal corridor for improved insulation.

The second building, a $23 million expansion the School of Nursing’s Christine Siegler Pearson Building, houses high-tech classrooms, study spaces, an audio-video technology suite, offices and meeting rooms and 14 simulation labs for the school’s Center for Nursing Discovery.

The new wing gives the Pearson Building a total of 107,000 square feet of space.

Duke officials said that both new buildings were needed to accommodate rapid growth of student enrollment, academic programs and faculty and staff size.