Duke University

Durham, NC

Athletic Facilities Strategic Assessment and Program of Architectural Requirements

In 1999 Duke University wanted an analysis done on its varsity football facilities.  The school wanted to assess the nature of improvements needed to enhance the its competitive position for recruiting and training Atlantic Coast Conference-caliber athletes, and to help the Department of Athletics better fulfill its mission.  It hired B&D to do this analysis and our responsibilities included: evaluating the existing facilities, developing a recommended building program, and documenting space requirements.  We determined that the existing facilities fell short of the quality level consistent with comparable and competitive facilities.  As a result, we recommended the construction of a new facility that would complete the school’s master plan for the plaza area.  We then assembled a Program of Architectural Requirements for the facility design.  The Duke football program moved into the Yoh Football Center in 2002. This 78,000 SF, $22 million facility features a speed and agility room, a weight room, a sports medicine center, a position group meeting room, locker rooms, offices, a players’ lounge, and a memorabilia floor.