Duke University

Pratt Engineering Building

Flexibility for transformative engineering education and research.

Duke University’s new five-story interdisciplinary engineering education and research facility is designed to accommodate evolving modes of research and instruction for the departments of Environmental/Civil Engineering, Electrical and Computer Engineering, and Biomedical Engineering. AEI is providing MEP/FP and Architectural Lighting services, designing building systems for maximum flexibility within typical MEP costs for an advanced laboratory facility.


Durham, NC


  • Bohlin Cywinski Jackson - Architect of Record

LEED Status

Registered for LEED

Building Size

150,000 sq. ft.

This five-story facility will house research “neighborhoods” with a focus on Health, Innovation, Computing & Intelligent System, and Environmental Health.

The facility includes wet and dry research labs, classroom and maker spaces, offices, conference rooms, and a tiered lecture hall. AEI created a series of CFD models in early planning to determine the most effective HVAC system for precision temperature control that minimizes air turbulence at the laser tables.

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The building HVAC system is a dedicated outside air system with a high-performance run-around loop system for both traditional air delivery and decoupled active chilled beams, depending on the space type. A building-wide environmental monitoring system automatically resets reduced lab air changes rates to higher values in the event of an emergency. In addition to redundant equipment, there are ‘A’ and ‘B’ substation and electrical distribution systems in the building for resiliency. AEI integrated the building emergency power system with the campus emergency power system. AEI also provided the engineering leadership to reroute and enhance 15 KV electric distribution, steam, chilled water, water storm, and sanitary systems, including the addition of a separate walkable utility tunnel.

energy reduction

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