Duke University, Few Quad Renovation

Durham, North Carolina

  • FIRM

    Clark Nexsen, PC


    Duke University

  • AREA

    130,267 sq.ft.





Few Quad at Duke University was constructed in 1938 and includes three L-shaped buildings that form two quadrangles in the heart of the historic campus. These Collegiate Gothic-style buildings with stone exteriors house 452 residents in living groups along with a faculty-in-residence.

The goals of the renovation were to update interior finishes, renovate ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONCOST PER SQ FT$158.05CITATIONSilver CitationFEATURED IN2009 Educational InteriorsINTERIOR CATEGORYResidence Halls/Lounges bathrooms, update MEP and fire-protection systems, provide increased ADA accessibility, and provide commons rooms on all main levels and a new faculty-in-residence apartment. The stunning success of the project was because, in large part, of the selection of new interior finishes, which complement the existing architectural features and the historical context, such as new wood paneling in the commons and sixth-floor study designed to emulate the original wood paneling prevalent in the building.

This project has been registered for LEED silver certification. Sustainable-design strategies included water-use reduction, energy savings, recycled and rapidly renewable materials, construction waste management and indoor air quality plans, low-VOC finish materials, daylighting and individual controls.

The renovation also included an upgraded HVAC system with variable-air-volume terminal box in each room, lighting and electrical upgrades, and replacement of plumbing lines and fixtures.

“The well-executed design keeps the integrity of the existing architecture while modernizing the space. It uses a beautiful richness in materials and lighting to create a ‘place to call home’ in a residence hall.”--2009 jury