West Campus at dusk

Contractors & Consultants

Construction Standards

Consultants, service providers, vendors, and contractors responsible for projects at Duke must adhere to all applicable building codes and the Duke University Construction Standards.

High Performance Building Framework

A rigorous sustainable design standard and a tracking system to review performance for all of Duke’s new buildings and major renovations, our High Performance Building Framework outlines our improved process for planning and designing campus buildings.

Architectural Design Guidelines

The Architectural Design Guidelines are intended to aid architects, campus designers and stewards of the environment at Duke in creating a cohesive campus. One which learns from architectural work from the past, while allowing progress and innovation to meet the future needs of the University.

Landscape Guidelines

Developed by our University Landscape Architect, the landscape guidelines are intended to be a resource for creating and maintaining a campus landscape with a certain level of consistency that exists across various precincts with specific contextual requirements.

Excavation Program

The Excavation Program is designed to ensure underground utilities are not damaged during ANY kind of excavation (digging) being performed on the Duke University property.

Capital Project Initiation

"Capital projects" are construction and renovation efforts with estimated total project costs of $100,000 or more, inclusive of professional services, construction, furniture, fixtures, equipment, contingency and fees. Projects are initiated by contacting the Office of Project Management.

Exterior Sign Guidelines

Developed for the Duke University Landscape Architect, the exterior signs guideines provide drawings, elevations, and layouts required for Duke University exterior signs.