Not Your Mother’s Dorm
A residence hall that will leave parents envious of their student’s home away from home
It only takes a quick glance to see that Trinity House is not your average residence hall. The newest addition to the Duke University Campus, Trinity House, located on Duke’s East Campus, was modeled after the existing Bell Tower freshman dorm, which Balfour Beatty completed in 2005. The 90,231-square-foot structure, comprised of structural steel and concrete with a brick veneer finish, seamlessly blends the modernity of new construction with the campus’ signature Gothic architecture that dates back to the 1920s.
Complete with a demonstration kitchen, movie theatre, game room, and a combination open study, dining and lounge space, this dorm rivals the most upscale multifamily apartment buildings built today. As a result, Duke University students get a space with character that’s enriching and enlivening. In addition to Trinity’s luxurious enhancements, the four-floor structure also includes 127 two-person dorms, as well as 17 single dorms, accommodating up to 271 students total. The new addition of Trinity Hall replaces three of the existing dorms in Duke’s East Campus: East, Epworth and Jarvis.
Through Balfour Beatty’s expertise and adaptability, Duke students called Trinity “home” almost eight months earlier than initially anticipated. While the University planned on welcoming students to Trinity in the Fall 2018 semester, Balfour Beatty developed a progressive schedule that allowed students to begin moving in as early as January 2018. Availability of the residence hall has allowed the University to provide housing to students returning from study abroad programs. Beginning this fall, Trinity will be home sweet home to one in every seven incoming freshman.
Balfour Beatty’s Raleigh team is no stranger to working with Universities, having revitalized more than eight North Carolina higher education campuses within the last fifteen years. This experience allowed Balfour Beatty’s team to overcome significant challenges including working on an active campus in a jobsite situated a mere 30 feet away from an existing dorm full of students. Project Manager, Chris Edwards, reflected on the campus activity, saying, “Duke also has a ‘walking’ path that goes around the entire East Campus that is used by the community and students. We had to be mindful of students and pedestrians as you had to cross the walking path to enter and exit the site.” In addition to safety concerns, it was a priority to both Balfour Beatty and Duke University that students, faculty and staff not be inconvenienced by the construction activity on campus.
Whether students are gathering around the full feature kitchen whipping up late-night study snacks or kicking their feet up in the movie theater on a slow weekend, one thing is for sure—Trinity House is luxurious, it’s inviting, it’s unmatched in size and spectrum—and it’s definitely not your mother’s dorm.