The Housing, Dining and Residence Life staff at Duke University were tasked with improving Edens Dorm and its sense of community. Dean for Residential Life Joe Gonzalez shared, “over the years, there has been student unhappiness with Edens, and we want to change that.”
Teaming with Clark Nexsen, the Surface 678 team enhanced the outdoor gathering spaces and the students’ path of travel from Edens Quad to West Quad. Concrete railings were removed to open the space and lighting was added to enhance the walkway. Architectural improvements included replacing a stonework wall with glass to connect the dorm with the surrounding landscape.