DURHAM, NC – Duke Law School’s new Star Commons has been recognized for its highly sustainable design and operations, receiving LEED certification from the US Green Building Council. The light-filled Star Commons is highly energy-efficient, with vapor barriers for heat conservation and high-performance glazing. Great care was taken to recycle a high percentage of construction debris from the project, which also emphasized the use of materials low in volatile organic compounds (VOCs).
The 4,000 s.f. Commons was part of a larger addition and renovation project for the law school, which included a renovation of the Goodson Library and completion of a new front entrance for the building.
The Star Commons, which opened for the start of the 2008-09 academic year, is the most recent of Shepley Bulfinch’s buildings to be so recognized. The firm’s sustainable projects include the north and east additions to Concord Hospital, the first LEED-certified hospital in northern New England; and the Frank Ricketson Building for the University of Denver’s Sturm College of Law, the first LEED Gold law school in the country.
The firm’s other recent work at Duke includes the multi-phased renovation of Perkins Library and the addition of the von der Heyden Pavilion and Bostock Library.
In addition to this recognition for its sustainable design and construction, it was separately announced that Duke Law School was a recipient of an Award of Excellence from Southeast Construction magazine. Construction manager BE&K will accept the award at a December 9 ceremony.