Duke Kunshan University breaks ground on phase 2 expansion project in China

WCN Editorial Team 20 Aug 2019 ASIA BUILDINGS

Duke Kunshan University, a Chinese-American partnership of Wuhan University and Duke University, has broken ground on the second phase of its sustainable campus expansion project in Jiangsu province, China.

Scheduled for completion around the end of 2021, the project is intended to more than double the size of the existing campus.

Covering almost 47 acres, including 713,300ft² of green space, the project will feature advanced spaces for living and learning including a library, sports complex and residence halls.

Upon completion of the phase two, the university will comprise 26 new classrooms and 18 to 22 new laboratories. It will capacity to accommodate 2,000 undergraduate students, 500 to 800 graduate students and 800 employees.

The expansion project will improve the university’s advanced library and sports facilities. It will include the WHU-Duke Research Institute, a visitor centre and a community centre.

Duke Kunshan phase two project general manager Ning Bai said: “All of the buildings in phase two are consistent with sustainable and flexible design principles.

“Once complete, the new buildings are expected to receive LEED certification from the U.S. Green Building Council – one will get platinum, four gold and the others silver – and should receive China’s own green building label.”

The university will also feature an underground garage with room for 790 cars, with 79 e-car charging points and 12 spaces for disabled drivers.

Duke Kunshan University chancellor Youmei Feng said: “As with the first phase of construction, these new buildings will be aesthetically impressive and distinctive, but more importantly they will serve our mission to create dynamic spaces for students, faculty and staff to interact and engage.”

Duke Kunshan University executive vice chancellor Denis Simon said: “Students and faculty members will find the infrastructure to be not only extremely cutting-edge in terms of technology but also highly user-friendly in terms of providing great spaces for team exercises, collaborative learning and interactive dialogue about critical issues.”

Construction commenced on phase one of the expansion project in 2010 and was finished in August 2019, culminating the completion of the Innovation Center.

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Image: Illustration of phase II of Duke Kunshan University construction. Photo: courtesy of  Duke University.

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