With the academic year officially beginning, many efforts are coming to an end during a season that saw about 60 summer projects costing roughly $50 million take place at Duke. Crews spent time this summer on campus utilities, living and dining spaces and more.
Plenty of work will continue through the upcoming year, but here’s a look at where several summer projects stand with the fall semester underway.
Beginning Monday, Facilities Management will oversee a roughly seven-month project to upgrade and install utilities and infrastructure by the intersection of West Campus’ Union Drive and Towerview Road.
Pedestrian and vehicle traffic will initially see minimal impact during the first phase of construction from March 23 to April 5. However, pedestrian detours will begin in early April, and traffic flow will be affected in early May.
Updated Schedule Of Events/Services During
Previously announced restoration work at Duke Chapel, scheduled to begin May 11 and to last for about a year, will result in many events and services usually held in the chapel occurring elsewhere on campus.
For example, Duke Chapel Christmas Eve services for 2015 are scheduled to take place in Cameron Indoor Stadium. A list of locations for other events during the closure can be in this article.
West Union will serve as the anchor to a neighborhood of student life that includes the new Penn Pavilion, as well as the newly renovated Bryan Center and Plaza. Together, the collection of indoor and outdoor spaces will provide students and the entire Duke community a vibrant set of spaces capable of meeting many needs.
When completed, the West Union will feature one of the finest, state-of-the-art dining facilities in the country, capable of effectively serving 6,000 meals per day to students, faculty, staff and guests, with particular focus on enhancing the undergraduate community experience. The building will also address many other student needs through both the creative use of spaces for individuals, student clubs and organization to meet with one another, creating a lively beehive of student life throughout what will be an extraordinary space.
The Student Health building project is moving along. These new renderings bring the concept to life. Take a look.
Wondering what it looks like in the West Union right now? Wondering where all this work is headed? Take a look through these images.
- Install rebar and prep for placement of concrete at the plaza level on Wednesday, 11/26
- Prep for selective demolition in the northeast tower
- Roof restoration in East Wing
- Restoration of legacy windows
90 day look-ahead:
The structural phase will continue with concrete frame erection from the basement through the plaza elevated slab. These are the main areas of the building as they will house the primary kitchen spaces and food preparation areas. Steel installation and site utility work will also continue over this period.
Continuation of work as noted in 8/30-9/5 update.