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Rogers Building features innovative design

The Rogers Building is the first Platinum LEED certified building on the East Coast. The $18 million facility offers 56,500 square feet of classroom, office, and meeting space.

When it opened in fall 2012 it became home to the departments of Biology, Chemistry, Math, and Environmental Science, and the Blair College of Health. There are classrooms and laboratories for classes in biology, chemistry, physics, environmental science and geology. All academic departments across campus benefit from the new building, through use of general purpose classrooms and a 100-seat Duke Energy Auditorium.

Additional space is devoted to a greenhouse where students can manipulate plant growth conditions and environmental factors in ways not possible in a traditional laboratory, and an adjoining herbarium. The greenhouse can simulate desert and humid tropical environments, enriching the learning experience.

While this extraordinary Platinum LEED certified facility is directly involved in teaching about environmental conservation, it also demonstrates conservation, as the abundance of green design features ensures that students learn both in and from the building.  Its "green wall" with plants native to North Carolina helps keep the building cool, for example.  Also, a display board in the main lobby/entrance generates information related to how the building is using energy. Wood culled from trees that were removed to make way for the new building have been incorporated throughout its design, and art in the building reflects the beauty and significance of the sciences.

We are thrilled that this state-of-the-art building provides a facility that matches the high quality of our science and health faculty, students and programs.

Located at the intersection of Selwyn and Radcliffe avenues, its design mirrors that of the existing Sykes Learning Center to the south on Selwyn, providing "bookends" on the far corners of campus. The Rogerses and the Duke Energy Foundation separately gave major gifts that made this project possible.

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