Monthly Archives: September 2015

FCIEMAS’ bird deterrent pattern is featured on WRAL

WRAl on pattern

You are now all aware of the fact that the deadliest building on Duke’s campus is deadly no more! CIEMAS has gone bird friendly and the local news are all over it celebrating this wonderful action. The full story will come out on September 17th when Duke’s administration presents the bird friendly pattern on CIEMAS, for now here’s this news piece.

Read more and watch the video here!

“The law of unintended consequences” : Op-ed in The News & Observer

oped News and Observer, July 2015

We all know that architects don’t put lots of glass in buildings intending to kill birds. No, they put there so people inside the building enjoy natural light and beautiful views. So the architects are not to blame, they all mean well and want us happy. However, large amounts of glass take millions of collisions each year, at Duke, one building especially: CIEMAS. The News & Observer, after doing a story about our bird-window collision project, proceeded to write a nice opinion piece on the subject.

Read the article here!

Dotted pattern at NYC Convention Center reduces collisions by 90%

NYC Javits Center

Sometimes architects and project managers argue that renovations to make a building bird friendly are expensive, and don’t give an added benefit to the structures. Well…think again! After a half-billion 5-year renovation, the Javits Center has bird friendly glass that has also reduced energy consumption by 26%. A dotted patter, just like the one installed at Duke’s CIEMAS, has reduced bird collisions by 90%.

This is a great example of a large scale renovation that yields benefits for all. Plus this building now has a green roof with nesting gulls, geese, and (soon) kestrels!

Read the complete New York Times article here!