Portion of West Campus Plaza Closed

Pedestrian traffic will detour during construction until January 2016

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DURHAM, NC - Beginning November 27th, a portion of the West Campus Plaza will be closed off to pedestrian traffic as part of ongoing renovations to the West Union Building.

All pedestrian traffic will be detoured from the arched entrance to the quad to the exterior corner of the Great Hall. Pedestrians will be able to walk by Penn Pavilion or through the Flowers Building to reach the Bryan Center and most of the plaza will remain open. The portion along the West Union will be closed for the duration of the construction, which is anticipated to last until January 2016.

Duke community members and visitors will still be able to access the eating and seating area immediately outside the Bryan Center and University Store. This outlines the new pedestrian foot traffic pattern that will be in place during construction.

Bill McCraw, Facilities Management's project manager for the effort, said that a portion of the Plaza must be demolished initially in order for construction crews to have full access to West Union. McCraw said that as demolition work starts after Thanksgiving, crews will first demolish mechanical, electrical and plumbing infrastructure inside the building. At the end of the fall semester, Dec. 15, demolition of the Plaza as well as the floors and walls at the core of West Union will begin.

For additional updates about the project, visit the West Union Renovation blog