Awards / Two of Stewart’s Higher Education Projects Make the Grade and Receive Awards

July 29th / 2019


Two of Stewart’s Higher Education Projects Make the Grade and Receive Awards

They say it’s not work if you love what you do. It follows then, that being on the team that receives awards for working on amazing design projects is a gift, not an assignment. Stewart is proud to be part of the design team on two projects that were recently honored with awards.

Duke University’s Brodhead Center for Campus Life was recently recognized by SCUP, the Society for College and University Planning, for excellence in Architecture. The renovated West Union, originally built in 1928, unites academic, residential, and social environments into a gorgeous design from Grimshaw Architects that pairs a modern look with the campus’s historic architecture. The Center was awarded the Jury’s Choice Award for Outstanding Achievement in Integrated Planning and Design.

The project involved renovations to the historic building, keeping much of the original façade while modernizing the interior and adding a new steel and glass atrium.

Stewart provided civil engineering, surveying, including laser scanning, geotechnical engineering, subsurface utility exploration (SUE), and permitting for the project.

In the earliest stages of the renovation, our Geomatics practice team created 3D scans of the existing building (pictured above) to provide accurate base information about the historic structure. Our geotechnical engineers were engaged throughout the project from the conceptual phase through early construction phases, providing expertise to assist with the evolving design, structural complexity, and challenging subsurface conditions.

Stewart’s civil engineers obtained all jurisdictional permits for the project, and designed sewer, water, and storm improvements, along with a stormwater collection and reuse cistern, that contributed to the building earning a LEED Silver certification.

Stewart would also like to congratulate Longwood University, Skanska, Perkins + Will, and Frank & Lohsen, on receiving the 2019 ENR MidAtlantic Award of Merit Higher Education/Research for the University’s new Upchurch Student Center. Opened at the end of 2018, the new three-story 80,000-square-foot student union is the latest campus destination, featuring gathering spaces, dining options, offices, gaming and lounge areas, and a ballroom.

Stewart provided structural engineering for the building, which now serves as the heart of student life and is an elegant addition to the Jeffersonian architecture of the campus.

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