Architect: Zimmer Gunsul Frasca (Portland, OR)
The strategic plan for Pratt School of Engineering determined that Biomedical Engineering, Photonics/Signal processing and communication, Materials Science Engineering with interdisciplinary initiatives specifically with the School of Medicine is the direction for Duke engineering. The need for state-of-the-art research labs, faculty offices, teaching spaces, and interdisciplinary work and gathering areas resulted in a 322,000 square foot, certified LEED Silver building. Designed by Zimmer Gunsul Frasca architects, it has an exterior of Duke stone, Duke brick, and aluminum windows with metal panel penthouses to hide extensive mechanical systems. The sitework on this project was coordinated with that of the Bostock Library in order to establish the West Campus Pedestrianway, which has become a primary pedestrian spine connecting the West Quad with the Biomedical Research precinct.