“ . . . loose floor plan . . . like the woods on the side . . . when trees mature, landscape will look very beautiful . . . LEED Platinum . . . ”
As the new home for the Nicholas School of the Environment and the hub of environmental activity on campus, Environment Hall stands as a bold statement of Duke’s commitment to leadership in forging a sustainable future through research, education and practice. The new building brings together Duke’s interdisciplinary community of faculty and students, previously situated throughout the Durham campus, under one roof. In so doing, this remarkable project fosters a collaborative spirit of inquiry that will enhance our understanding of how the natural world and humanity interact, enabling us to use that understanding to find sustainable solutions to the world’s environmental challenges. The outdoor environments are bold and inviting and meet the guidelines of the Sustainable Sites Initiative to use less energy, water and natural resources; generate less waste; and minimize the impact on the land. Environment Hall beautifully blurs the boundary between the work Duke’s students, faculty and staff embark on and the environment in which the work is performed.
Payette; Stewart; Simpson Gumpertz & Heger; Vanderweil Engineers; R.W. Sullivan Engineering; Arup