Duke University Levine Science Resource Center
Working with the project architects, CRJA-IBI Group was responsible for the award-winning site design of the new 300,000 square foot Levine Science Resource Center at Duke University.
The pedestrian and landscape connections to the building were an important component of the architectural concept. The landscape design serves to incorporate elements of the historic West Campus designed by the Olmsted Office into the newer part of the campus. The plans included a woodland understory teaching garden for the Nichols School of the Environment. The site drops over 40 feet, requiring careful manipulation of grades to provide vehicle and pedestrian access at multiple entry points.
The existing clay soils required technical testing and special design for successful drainage, planting, site improvements, and long-term maintenance. An eight foot diameter storm sewer passes through the site and the building. Site walls were built of Duke stone from its own quarries. The site provides informal areas for outdoor classrooms and eating terraces adjacent to a new cafeteria.