Summer of Campus Construction Nears End

Facilities Management coordinated projects across Duke

Widening East Campus' Brodie Gym Drive was just one of many construction projects across campus this summer. Photo by Alex Sampson.
Widening East Campus' Brodie Gym Drive was just one of many construction projects across campus this summer. Photo by Alex Sampson.

First-year students will be moving in when orientation begins Aug. 19, just as final steps in this summer’s broad range of construction projects complete across campus.

From classroom upgrades to road repairs, Facilities Management staff have overseen much this summer.

“We know there has been a lot of effort to finish upgrades and renovations across campus, but it’s worth it,” said Paul Manning, director of project management for Facilities Management. “We’re proud of everything from new aesthetic looks to a much smoother ride on Campus Drive.”

Below is a list of this summer’s major projects with updated information on the status of each:

Chapel Drive Circle Aesthetic Upgrades

The West Campus roundabout has new plantings and a new shape. It was slightly decreased in size to allow for buses to more easily travel around it and also received new granite curbs and new landscaping.

The project is set to finish Aug. 15.

Pipe Installation on Campus Drive

In this final step of a project to install chilled water piping from West Campus to East Campus, crews have spent recent weeks repaving Campus Drive. No vehicles have traveled from the Swift Avenue-Campus Drive intersection to the Main Street overpass near Maxwell Street since May.

Campus Drive will open to traffic Aug. 15.

Brown Parking Lot Repairs

During the repair of a sinkhole near Brown Lot, crews also repaved the lot’s surface.

Full access to the lot will resume on Aug. 15.

Rubenstein Library Renovation

Waterproofing of Rubenstein Library’s foundation will take a hiatus during student move-in and Convocation from Aug. 19 to 22. Weather permitting, the tentative finish is Sept. 30.

The foundation work is part of a complete renovation of Duke’s original West Campus library building, with the entire project scheduled for completion next summer. Temporary walkways created alongside Perkins Library will remain in place throughout the year as Facilities oversees rebuilding of new sidewalks.

Click here for more information about this project.

Brodie Gym Drive Entrance Restructuring

Closed for two weeks in July, crews widened the entry from West Markham Avenue to allow for two vehicles to easily use the entrance at the same time. The entry’s slope was also improved to allow for smoother driving up the short hill.

Trent Drive Pedestrian Upgrades

Delayed due to scheduling priorities and weather, this project to repaint crosswalks, trim bushes and add pedestrian signage will begin Aug. 18. Weather permitting, it is expected to complete mid-September.

Baldwin Loop Repairs

Work finished in June to make aesthetic repairs to curbs outside the performance venue.

Research Drive Repaving

Due to scheduling conflicts, this project was moved to summer 2015. At that time, the road will be milled and repaved from the roundabout at Circuit and Research drives south to Searle Center Drive, formally known as Coal Pile Drive.

For a list of projects on campus, visit the Facilities Management website.