Duke University Brodhead Center for Campus Life

The Duke University Brodhead Center for Campus Life, formerly the historic West Campus Union, is the major cornerstone of the Duke Campus. Stewart has been involved with multiple teams over the years to study and analyze the project. In 2012, Duke University awarded the preservation and renovation for the West Union to Grimshaw Architects, with Stewart on the team to provide civil, survey, geotechnical engineering, subsurface utility engineering, and permitting for the project. The 1920 building interior was entirely demolished except for the Horace Trumbauer-designed dining halls. The building exterior remained as close to the existing as possible with major modifications to the interior of the building increasing the entire building to 130,000 square feet. Stewart was responsible for the design of the sewer, water, and storm improvements, along with a stormwater collection, and re-use cistern. The rainwater is collected from the entire building roof plus in addition to a precinct-wide capture and filter system for re-use in the West Union for a gray water system and for irrigation of the interior proposed green wall.

In addition to the building renovation, a major re-visioning of the adjacent quad, nearly one acre in size around the existing building, was completed with Stewart in charge of drainage, site design, and utility relocations. Stewart was responsible for obtaining all jurisdictional permits, site plan approval, utility permits, and grading permits for the entire project.



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