Project status

Duke University
The Richard H. Brodhead Center for Campus Life

Durham, NC, United States

The renovation and expansion of the Duke University West Campus Union are part of efforts by the university to revamp facilities across the whole campus. As well as the renovation of existing buildings, which date back to 1931, the project also includes an annex which was added to the original core of the building. The new Richard H. Brodhead Center for Campus Life has provided students with a vibrant place in which they can study, relax and network.

A striking, south-facing, 37-foot suspended curtain walling system was built on the annex. The glass loads are carried by vertical stainless steel rods suspended from a facade beam. The beam is supported by steel posts so that the loads from the curtain wall are transmitted into the ground. Glass fins are secured horizontally to the steel posts. Terracotta and steel fins are attached to the outside of the 4-story building on two sides to protect the interior from the sun. The new building was also designed with glass staircases, canopies and skylights.