DURHAM, N.C. – Skanska USA recently announced it has completed construction of the 150,000-square-foot Wilkinson Building for the Pratt School of Engineering at Duke University in Durham, N.C.
The five-storey concrete structure, which expands spaces dedicated to student education and programming in engineering by 50 per cent, was built using Duke stone and Duke blended face brick, a release stated. The two materials are signature elements of the architectural identity of Duke’s West Campus and have been used throughout the school to create the Collegiate Gothic style of many of the original and new university buildings.
Two floors are devoted to student learning with flexible active-learning classrooms, teaching and design laboratories, and specialized educational centres. It also includes a 200-seat auditorium with an adjacent learning commons.
The three remaining floors house “research neighbourhoods” focused on health innovation, computing and intelligent systems, and environmental health.
“This transformational project serves as a key asset for the Duke community and will continue Duke Engineering’s legacy of impact in education and research,” said Greg Peele, general manager and executive vice-president responsible for Skanska’s North Carolina and Virginia building operations, in a statement. “We are proud to deliver another project in our ongoing partnership with Duke University.”
Additionally, Skanska recently completed the Hollows Residence Hall, a 265,000-square-foot building on Duke’s West Campus and is building a 500,000-square-foot patient bed tower addition at the main campus of the Duke University Health System.
Operating from a regional headquarters in Durham, Skanska USA has completed nearly $2.7 billion worth of work in North Carolina and Virginia over the past 10 years and currently has $1.3 billion of work in progress in the two states.