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Durham, North Carolina, United States

Duke University Environment Hall

Lendlease performed construction management at risk services for the new iconic sustainable building that serves as the hub of environmental activity on campus. The facility stands as a bold statement of Duke University's environmental aspirations and leadership and as a testing ground for technological innovation.

Duke University Environment Hall

Duke University

Durham, North Carolina, United States


72,000 square feet

Construction Management, GMP

Payette Associates

Project outcome

Home to the Nicholas School of the Environment at Duke University, Duke Environment Hall is a 72,000 square foot, five-story glass and concrete building containing classrooms, laboratories, offices, study lounges, computer labs and an environmental arts gallery.

The sustainable building features a green roof, solar hot water photovoltaic systems, gray- and rainwater recycling for toilets and irrigation, natural lighting and a chilled beam system for air conditioning. A thermal corridor along the south utilizes a relaxed temperature strategy to further insulate the program and reduce overall energy consumption.

Sustainability did not end once construction was complete. Duke Environment Hall has become a living laboratory where students and faculty, using an advanced energy monitoring and management system, explore how human behavior can be most effectively aligned with technology to maximize building performance and occupant productivity.

Environment Hall is the first large building on Duke's campus to be awarded LEED Platinum certification.