The 70,000-square-foot home of the Nicholas School incorporates state-of-the-art green features and technologies inside and out. It has been designed to meet or exceed the criteria for LEED Green Building platinum certification, the highest level of sustainability.
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 commons.
GrAINGER HALL GREEN Features
A green roof with experimental garden
- Solar hot water and photovoltaic systems
- Greywater and rainwater recycling for toilets and irrigation
- Natural lighting
- Chilled beam system for air-conditioning
- Thermal corridor providing natural insulation for offices and laboratories
- Environmental art gallery
The Wegner Art Gallery is located on the second floor of Grainger Hall, adjacent to the building's main entrance. The gallery is a multi-purpose space which features artwork highlighting the Nicholas School, Duke University Marine Lab and Duke Forest.
Duke University Marine Lab
The Marine Laboratory in Beaufort, NC is a campus of Duke University and a unit within the Nicholas School of the Environment.
The Marine Laboratory operates year-round to provide educational, training, and research opportunities to about 3,500 people annually, including undergraduate, graduate and professional students enrolled in the university's academic programs; visiting student groups who use the laboratory's facilities; and scientists who come from North America and abroad to conduct their own research.
The Duke Forest, an important resource for Nicholas School students and faculty, comprises just over 7,000 acres of land, lying primarily in two counties adjacent to the Duke University campus. A variety of ecosystems, forest cover types, plant species, soils, topography, and past land-use conditions are represented within its boundaries. With its long-term records of forest cover, the Duke Forest is a resource for studies related to forest ecosystems and the environment that is unequaled at any other university.