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Building for the Future of Duke Engineering

A transformative new space to advance education and research at one of the nation's fastest rising-schools of engineering.

Opening in late 2020, the new Engineering Building at Duke Engineering will dramatically expand education and research space for the Pratt School of Engineering—and open the doors wide for an exciting array of ambitious initiatives under way in engineering education and research.

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Research Neighborhoods

Created for Collaboration

Interdisciplinary research "neighborhoods" will occupy three floors of the new building. Designed to promote collaboration, these spaces will intermingle faculty and students from different departments who work toward shared goals, including improving human health, advancing computing and intelligent systems, and paving the way toward a more sustainable future.

  • Three floors for signature Research Neighborhoods focused on Health Innovation, Computing & Intelligent Systems, and Environmental Health
  • 35 research lab modules, 50+ offices and 170+ workstations for faculty, graduate students and researchers
  • A strategically located hub for partnerships with researchers across campus

Read the building project announcement

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Student Spaces

Designed for our Signature Educational Experience

The building will expand current engineering student programming space by nearly 50 percent.

By providing ample space for all students to participate in experiential, team-based projects, the facility will support Duke Engineering's vision for inspiring students to become creative problem-solvers through an innovative new curriculum focused on design, data science, computational thinking, research and entrepreneurship.

  • Two floors focused on active student learning, with flexible teaching and design spaces, and a 200-seat auditorium
  • Specialized educational centers focused on Entrepreneurship and Energy, Engineering & Environment
  • A Learning Commons dedicated to nurturing teaching excellence and the student experience

Learn more about our Signature Undergraduate Experience

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Opportunities to Contribute

Naming opportunities available for key interior spaces, as well as the building as a whole:

  • Health Neighborhood — $5,000,000
  • Environment Neighborhood — $5,000,000
  • Computing Neighborhood — $3,000,000
  • Outdoor Plaza — $2,000,000
  • 60-Student Active-Learning Classroom — $1,500,000
  • 40-Student Active-Learning Classroom — $1,000,000
  • Undergraduate Garage Lab — $1,000,000
  • Faculty Research Labs (multiple) — $300,000-$1,000,000
  • Class Labs (3) — $500,000
  • 4th Floor Terrace — $500,000
  • Conference Rooms (7) — $150,000-$500,000
  • Graduate Research Lounge (3) — $100,000
  • Faculty Offices (multiple) — $75,000
  • Graduate Student Offices (multiple) — $50,000
  • Name on the Wall of Recognition — $25,000


For more information, please contact:

Jim RuthJim Ruth
Associate Dean and Director of Development

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