SCUP Excellence in Landscape Architecture for Open Space Planning and Design
Photos by Reed Hilderbrand
Reed Hilderbrand LLC; Pfeiffer Partners Architects PC; Stewart Inc.; Ecological Landscape Management; Jeffrey L. Bruce Co.; Irrigation Consulting, Inc.; Grimshaw Architects; James Carpenter Design Associates; Buro Happold; Tillotson Design Associates; Rico Associates; Shepley Bulfinch; Collaborative Lighting LLC
“ . . . from a landscape perspective, it had a rigor and intensity of study . . . graphics were really interesting and made the concepts very clear . . . it is going to be beautiful . . . ”
The goal of the project was to forge a vibrant new student life commons from a series of disconnected, under-articulated spaces, and tie everything together seamlessly into the rest of the campus. The project will dramatically change the area in and around the heart of Duke’s West Campus and involves site improvements associated with major renovations to historic buildings, siting and design of new student facilities, and the complete restoration of the iconic West Quad landscape. Challenges included a difficult topography, an immediate historic context, a nest of utility corridors and service zones, and a multifaceted program at the center of student activity.