Duke Environment Hall, the 70,000-square-foot new home of Duke University’s Nicholas School of the Environment, opened on April 10, 2014.
The five-story glass-and-concrete building, located on Circuit Drive on Duke’s West Campus, incorporates start-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 common.
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.