Duke University

School of Law Addition and Renovation

This four-story facelift project encompassed the addition of a 300-person capacity, 8,000 sf, glass-enclosed commons center, a new 78-student tiered classroom, and the complete renovation of the existing law library. With balconies that overlook the large commons space, an adjacent café, and outdoor patio, the facility provides comfortable seating for people to read, study, dine, and collaborate. The renovation included a large open two-story reading room bathed in natural light from the newly expanded commons center. It also included private reading rooms, new study carrels, expanded mobile shelving, offices and conference rooms, and a rare book and special collections room. All mechanical, electrical, and fire protection systems were replaced. New and renovated spaces included state-of-the art digital, audio and video systems. Additional enhancements included renovations to the surrounding landscape including “Duke Stone” walls.

“BE&K Building Group performed extraordinarily well in meeting all challenges…. Throughout the process the BE&K Building Group team kept things moving and under control, keeping the many specialized subcontractors focused and on schedule…. The results exceeded our expectations….”
— Richard A. Danner, Duke Law, Senior Associate Dean for Information Services

  • Service — Construction Management
  • Architects — Shepley Bulfinch Richardson Abbott | Pearce Brinkley Cease & Lee
  • Sustainability — LEED Certified
  • Multiple Award-Winning
  • Repeat Client