The Divinity School Addition Building at The Westbrook in Durham, N.C.

Westbrook Building, Divinity School Addition



Thornton Tomasetti provided structural design for an addition that links to two existing structures: the 1920s-era Old Divinity and New Divinity, built in 1972. The 53,000-square-foot structure mirrors the English neo-gothic style of the adjacent Duke Chapel.

The Westbrook Building includes a chapel, administrative and teaching areas, a dining hall, and a loggia. The three-level structure was built into a sloping site with entrances at the upper and lower floors. The building “steps” down the hillside and is organized around a three-tiered lobby.

The 315-seat Goodson Chapel features 55-foot clear span glulam scissor trussed roof. The building also includes offices, a dining facility with kitchens and seating for 200, and a terrace on the middle level that rests atop the building’s bottom “step.” It also includes a tiered lecture hall beneath Goodson Chapel that seats 177 as well as multiple classrooms.

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