Duke University – Duke Student Wellness Center

  • area / size 71,900 sqft
  • Completed 2017
  • Duda|Paine Architects created a transparent design for Duke University’s Student Wellness Center located on campus in Durham, North Carolina.

    The Center weaves health and wellness together into everyday student life, with Student Health, Nutrition, Counseling and Psychological Services, Wellness and Case Management programs coming together under one roof.

    The design’s transparent two-story entry brings natural light into the building and allows for views of the outdoors. To minimize the project’s environmental impact, oak harvested from the site was used extensively for interior surfaces and exterior seating. A contemplative garden reinforces connections to nature and extends to campus pathways. A monumental entry stair follows a translucent wall up through the lobby to celebrate the intersection of care, prevention and social interaction in achieving wellness. Public and private functions are layered—the entry is open, but presents circulation options for students seeking care, privacy, socializing or wellness programs.

    ArchitectDuda|Paine Architects
    Design Team: Principal-In-Charge – Jeffrey Paine AIA, Design Principal – Turan Duda FAIA, Project Architect – Scott Baltimore AIA, Project Manager – Dane Thompson AIA, Project Team – Brian Payne AIA, Lindsey Trogdon AIA, Interior Design – Allison Lowe
    Contractor: Everett Construction Group & Gilbane Building Company
    Photography: Robert Benson Photography