Frequently Asked Questions

What is The Foundry?

The Foundry is a new 7,600-square-foot 'maker space' located in the ground level of Gross Hall. The primary use of the space is for student teams or clubs to create, design and build projects associated with a co-curricular activity or entrepreneurial venture.

How is this space different from The Edge, Innovation Co-Lab, or  Pratt Student Shop?

The Foundry is similar to the new collaborative and creative spaces added to Duke over the last decade. However, The Foundry is unique at Duke in that it offers space to those who design and build for individual or team projects that are not necessarily part of a course. By comparison:

  • Innovation Co-Lab is a creativity incubator program, providing capital, technology resources and a community for students who want to explore new technologies.
  • The Edge is a collaborative space, with basic project rooms and technology for data analysis and visualization located in Bostock Library.
  • Pratt Student Shop houses machine tools that students may use to design, manufacture, and build projects for coursework.

Who can use The Foundry?

Use of the space is limited to Duke University faculty and staff, and to student teams studying in special topics courses, involved in a co-curricular activity or working in an entrepreneurial venture.

What kinds of spaces can be reserved?

Spaces run the gamut from small project rooms, to machining and fabricating spaces, to the large Project Work Space with 25-foot ceilings. Check the Space & Tools section for details on the available spaces.

How can my team reserve space?

Make a request through the online request form.

You'll have the best chance of getting the space you need when you need it if you detail your project goals, specific space needs, expected project duration, and any special requirements.

How are space requests processed?

Space requests are reviewed by a steering committee of faculty and students.

For existing users there is a re-application and review process each spring to allocate space for the following academic year.

Requests are accepted throughout the academic year through the online request form.

What are the operating hours?

The facility has card-reader access and is available for use 24/7.

Are visitors allowed?

Yes, visitors are encouraged. Visitors should make a request through our online contact form.

I just need a place to study – Where can I go?

The Foundry is a work space, and is often noisy. Quiet study areas can be found throughout campus, particularly at the Perkins and Bostock libraries. You can search for and reserve a study area:

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