Gilbane Building Company Receives Merit Award for Excellence in Construction for Duke University Student Wellness Center

The Associate Builders and Contractors of the Carolinas (ABC) recognized the Student Wellness Center with a Merit Award at their annual ceremony

Durham, North Carolina – December 2017 – Gilbane Building Company, a leader in higher education construction, received a Merit award for the construction of the Duke University Student Wellness Center in Durham, North Carolina from Associated Builders and Contractors of the Carolinas (ABC).

The new facility centralizes Duke Reach programs, Student Health Services and DuWell, as well as a pharmacy, physical therapy services and a meditation garden.

The modern, three-story facility was designed specifically to streamline wellness services for the University and its resources to be under one roof to create a holistic and integrated approach to individual wellness. The 72,000-square-foot facility created an inviting and more open space.  The design’s transparent two-story entry brings natural light into the building and allows for views of the outdoors. Integration of multiple materials were used to give the appearance of continuity including terracotta, self-consolidating concrete, storefront system, curtain wall, mixed metal panels and balcony pavers. The complex curtain wall and Glulam structure incorporated natural elements from the outdoors into the facility with use of reclaimed wood and stone locally sourced from the surrounding forest. Other trees were reintegrated into the building through use in wood veneer for furniture, decorative wood wall paneling and wholetree benches.

“Through a collaborative effort and transparent team environment that included the owner, design team, end users and subcontractors, this team worked hard to deliver a project that met the highest quality standards,” said David Repnyek, senior project executive for Gilbane Building Company. “Receiving recognition from the Associated Builders and Contractors for this project is verification of our team’s commitment and dedication to construction excellence.”

Other amenities include a meditation garden, student service offices, and student commons area for conversation and collaboration.

ABC Carolinas’ Excellence in Construction program is the premier competition within the Carolinas construction industry that recognizes outstanding construction projects built by ABC members. The Excellence in Construction Awards celebration honors Carolinas most innovative and high quality construction projects, and safety programs.

About Gilbane Building Company

Gilbane provides a full slate of construction and facilities-related services – from pre-construction planning and integrated consulting capabilities to comprehensive construction management, general contracting, design-build and facility management services – for clients across various markets. Founded in 1873 and still a privately held, family-owned company, Gilbane has 48 office locations around the world. For more information, visit