Directions

The Nicholas School of the Environment is headquartered in Environment Hall at 9 Circuit Drive located on Duke’s West Campus and linked by a walkway to the A Wing of the Levine Science Research Center (LSRC) its former home. The 70,000-square-foot, five-story glass-and-concrete building incorporates start-of-the-art green features and technologies inside and out. The hall houses five classrooms, a 105-seat auditorium, 45 private offices, 72 open office spaces, a 32-seat computer lab, an outdoor courtyard and an environmental art gallery, as well as conference rooms, shared workrooms and common. It also is home to the Division of Environmental Sciences and Policy. Green features range from rooftop solar panels and innovative climate control and water systems, to special windows that moderate light and heat, to an organic orchard and sustainably designed landscaping.

The Division of Earth and Ocean Sciences which currently has laboratories in the Old Chemistry Building on the West Campus will relocate in spring 2015 to the A-Wing of the LSRC, which is undergoing renovations. The division maintains state-of-the art facilities for geochemical analysis and climate modeling studies. The A-Wing also will house Nicholas School student services.

Duke University Marine Laboratory is home to the third division of the Nicholas School, the Marine Science and Conservation division. Situated on Pivers Island on the coast of North Carolina, the Marine Lab is Duke’s coastal campus and features dormitories, a dining hall, a student center, classrooms, laboratories, and research buildings. The Marguerite Kent Repass Ocean Conservation Center is the Marine Lab’s first LEED-certified building. The Orrin Pilkey Research Laboratory was dedicated in 2013 and, houses state-of-the-art molecular biology research laboratories and a teaching lab where faculty and students can apply advanced genetic tools and techniques toward understanding marine systems to understand marine ecosystems. The Pilkey Laboratory was designed with sensitivity to the changing coastal environment and is designed for LEED certification In addition to modern analytical facilities, the Marine Lab operates a variety of seawater systems and tanks for experimental work. The Marine Lab also maintains modern computer facilities and IT services, including state-of-the-art video conferencing and telepresence facilities. The Pearse Memorial Library at the Marine Lab is a component of the Duke University Library System. Computer and library facilities are described in further detail in the sections highlighting the Computer and Library Resources of the Nicholas School and Duke University. The Marine Lab now features a new, fully equipped and state-of-the-art shared-use Marine Conservation Molecular Facility in the Bookhout Research Laboratory. This laboratory enables a range of genetic studies from genomics to populations genetics and forensics. The Marine Lab operates the R/V RT Barber, a 27-foot oceanographic research vessel well-equipped for offshore fieldwork, the R/V Susan Hudson, a 57-foot fully equipped coastal research vessel and a fleet of small skiffs, kayaks, and canoes for research and teaching.

The Duke Forest comprises over 7,000 acres of land in Alamance, Durham, and Orange counties and has been managed for teaching and research purposes since the early 1930s. A variety of ecosystems, forest cover types, plant species, soils, topography, and past land use conditions are represented within its boundaries. In terms of size, diversity, accessibility, and accumulated long‐term data, the Duke Forest is a resource for studies related to forest ecosystems and the environment that is unmatched by any other university.

Directions

FROM THE EAST

Take I-40 West toward Durham. Take Exit 279B (NC147 North/Durham Freeway) into the city. After going through downtown Durham, exit at Fulton Street. Go under the highway and take a left at the stoplight. Take a right on Erwin Road. Take a left onto Research Drive. (These distances are all very short - less than 1/4 mile). At the roundabout turn right onto Circuit Drive and proceed to the STOP sign at LaSalle Street intersection. Environment Hall is on your left. Note the arched rock wall in front of the building.

FROM THE WEST

Take I-85 North into Durham. Get off at Exit 170 (NC751/Duke University). At stoplight, take a right onto 751 South. Go several miles through Duke Forest. Go through the intersection with US 15-501 and turn left onto Erwin Road. Proceed to the second stoplight and turn right onto LaSalle Street. You will come to a STOP sign at the Circuit Drive intersection and will see Environment Hall in front of you slightly left. Note the arched rock wall in front of the building.

FROM THE NORTH

Take I-85 South into Durham. After passing the Hillandale Road sign, get in the left lane and watch for a split in the highway. Exit I-85 by taking the US15-501 Bypass towards Chapel Hill. Exit at the NC751/Duke University sign. At the stoplight, take a left onto Cameron Boulevard. Go to the second stoplight and turn left onto Erwin Road. Proceed to the second stoplight and turn right onto LaSalle Street. You will come to a STOP sign at the Circuit Drive intersection and will see Environment Hall in front of you slightly left. Note the arched rock wall in front of the building.

FROM THE SOUTH

Take I-85 North into Durham. Get off at Exit 170 (NC751/Duke University). At stoplight, take a right onto 751 South. Go several miles through Duke Forest. Go through the intersection with US 15-501 and turn left onto Erwin Road. Proceed to the second stoplight and turn right onto LaSalle Street. You will come to a STOP sign at the Circuit Drive intersection and will see Environment Hall in front of you slightly left. Note the arched rock wall in front of the building.

FROM RALEIGH-DURHAM AIRPORT

Take airport exit, continuing to intersection with I-40. Take I-40 West toward Durham. Take Exit 279B (NC147 North/Durham Freeway) into the city. After going through downtown Durham, exit at Fulton Street. Go under the highway and take a left at the stoplight. Take a right onto Erwin Road. Take a left onto Research Drive. (These distances are all very short - less than 1/4 mile). At the roundabout turn right onto Circuit Drive and proceed to the STOP sign at La Salle Street intersection. Environment Hall is on your left. Note the arched rock wall in front of the building.


Please note: Parking on campus for visitors is very limited. There is a small metered lot at the corner of LaSalle Street and Circuit Drive. There is also a parking garage located next to the Bryan University Center on Science Drive, and other metered parking is located throughout campus. Any individual who parks in a pay station lot or at a meter must pay the appropriate fee for the time their vehicle is parked. Rates, maximum time allowed and hours of operation are displayed on each meter and pay station.