With a name like Duke Environment Hall, you’d expect the future home of the Nicholas School of the Environment to be eco-friendly. And, indeed, the 70,000-square-foot building is striving to be the greenest on campus. Plans for the five-story structure, which will be adjacent to the Levine Science Research Center, call for a green roof, solar-heated water, recycled water for toilets and irrigation, and natural lighting. When completed in the summer of 2013, the building is expected to exceed standards for LEED platinum certification.
The new space will help accommodate the school’s growing student population; enrollment in its master’s of environmental management and master’s of forestry programs has increased by 50 percent since 2007. Faculty offices and classrooms currently are spread among several West Campus buildings.