2018 Offsite Tour

Duke University's French Family Science Center
French Family Science Center, Duke University

Duke University's Chilled Water Plant #2
Chilled Water Plant #2, Duke University

Duke University
French Family Science Center and Chilled Water Plant #2

$50 per person
Limited to 30 attendees
Wednesday, October 17
1:30–5:30 p.m.-SOLD OUT!

TOUR IS SOLD OUT. Email info@i2sl.org to be placed on the waitlist.

The French Family Science Center, named for the family of Duke alumnae Melinda French Gates, is a 293,500-square-foot LEED Silver teaching and research facility that opened in 2006 and houses Duke's biology, chemistry, and physics departments.

Occupancy sensors control energy efficient lighting throughout the building. Windows are treated with glaze to limit solar gain, and reflective louvers bounce natural daylight into the building. A white coating on the building's roof reduces the energy needed for indoor cooling by 41 percent.

In this research-intensive lab building, 249 low-flow fume hoods operate at 80 feet per minute, and heat recovery systems capture energy from the exhaust air stream and preheat (or precool) the incoming air. Shared laboratory space allows flexible use of the building as the nature and demands of research change. The building also features green roofs to mitigate storm water runoff, waterless urinals, and low-flow faucets.

Chilled Water Plant #2 is a LEED Gold utility plant that provides campus buildings with chiller water for building cooling needs through an extensive closed loop system. The plant draws 20 percent of its water (100 million gallons annually) from the adjacent reclamation pond that opened in 2015. The pond drains 22 percent of Duke's campus and serves as a natural filter for stormwater runoff, in addition to supplying the chiller plant.

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