James Madison University Duke Hall
Nielsen teamed up with Skanska USA on The Duke Hall Renovation and Addition. The existing building is roughly 67,000 sq ft and the two additions are roughly 70,000 sf. The existing building was a complete gut renovation with a new MEP system. The gallery is the focus point of the project. It has structural columns that are designed to look like tree branches holding up the new roof. The new roof is roughly 12 feet above the new clearstory that allows natural light into the featured gallery.
The East Wing is connected to the existing building by a two story curtainwall connector. The exterior of this wing is blue stone veneer and curtainwall with a clay roof tile matching the existing campus roofs. The North Addition along Grace Street is mostly curtainwall allowing natural light throughout the addition. The rooms in both additions are mainly teaching classrooms.