Duke University – East Campus Union Renovation

  • area / size 42,306 sqft
  • Completed 2015
  • Clark Nexsen brought more mobility and an innovative transformation to the East Campus Union at Duke University in Durham, North Carolina.

    Originally constructed in 1927, the historic structure is the heart of Duke’s East Campus and an integral structure in the first year resident experience. Drawing from precedents of New York and Chicago’s Eatily, as well as others, the building blends modern interventions with the historic fabric of the building. The expanded main servery alleviates the congested offerings, extending into the North Dining Hall, and generating mezzanine seating above the new Durham Market station. The remaining servery area is then transformed through new finishes, an herb wall installation, and enhanced menu offerings designed to showcase the University’s healthy dining options. Existing skylights are reopened to maximize natural daylight into the space. New specialized dining rooms on the basement and second floor levels will complement the University’s Focus Program, which organizes cluster courses around interdisciplinary themes. The basement level will also become the new home for Trinity Café, creating the essential “go-to” location for students who want to study, grab a quick bite, meet a friend, and/or catch an open mic show. Offering multiple dining options, the transformed East Campus Union reflects Dukes commitment to maintaining an innovative, cutting-edge collegiate dining program.

    Architect: Clark Nexsen
    Contractor: LeChase Construction Services
    Photography: Mark Herboth