Fall 2020 Construction Update

AUGUST 31, 2020

New building on track for planned move-in to begin in November and classes to start in January 2021

Through the spring and summer, construction has continued on our New Engineering Building. Despite the challenges of the global pandemic, our construction and project teams have been able to keep the project on track for our planned move-in to begin in November and classes to start in January 2021. There were slowdowns due to COVID-19, but the project team was able to make adjustments, recover and push ahead. Kudos to Skanska, BCJ, and many others on the project and construction teams for all their hard work and success. See the building progress in the photos below.

exterior view of the new engineering building with Duke Chapel in the background
main entrance construction
Main entrance, with coffee bar at left and media wall at right
garage lab construction
Student garage lab
classroom construction
Active learning classroom
lower level hallway and staircase construction
Garden level, with auditorium entrance at left, donor recognition wall at center, and main staircase at right
auditorium construction
study area construction
Learning Commons
wet lab construction
Wet lab on upper research floor
upper level hallway construction
Third floor, with conference room at center
terrace construction with names etched on pavers
Fourth floor terrace, with pavers honoring former department chairs
exterior step installation
Exterior step installation


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group of undergrad students in Duke gear