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Duke University Arts Building

Durham, NC

The Rubenstein Arts Center is a hub for artistic production at Duke University. Students, faculty, visiting artists, and other collaborators come together in flexible project studios to hone their skills and create new work. Public programs, including performances, film screenings and exhibitions, launch this work into the world. The Ruby is also home to the programs in Dance and the Arts of the Moving Image and WXDU 88.7 FM, Duke’s student-run radio station.

Established with a founding gift from arts philanthropist David Rubenstein (Trinity ‘70) in 2015 and opened in 2018, the Ruby was designed with the arts in mind. The building encompasses flexible multipurpose studios, seminar classrooms, a makerspace, the Ruby Lounge, the von der Heyden Studio Theater, a film screening theater, and more with glass facades through which the making of dance, film, visual art, theater and other art is visible.

With spaces designed to inspire Duke’s creative community, and through programming initiatives supported by the Vice Provost for the Arts, the Rubenstein Arts Center will drive arts education at Duke.

The HVAC and plumbing effort, along with additional trades, was a true balance of form and function. The heartbeat of the building is the basement mechanical rooms that hold five air handlers, seven fan coil units, two Cleaver Brooks boilers, as well as a series of inline domestic water heaters. The building received a silver LEED accreditation.  In addition, the building is a hot water plant to help feed the Duke Campus.

Despite 80 changes to the original building design, Kirlin was able to deliver the building on time and within budget.  Kirlin’s success helped land additional projects at Duke University with the same general contractor Skanska USA.