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It’s a Reality. A Virtual Reality.

Have you had a chance to stroll through the 6-acre water harvesting facility / plant and reuse pond on Duke University’s historic campus? You can take a VR tour right here! These 360 views will put you right on site at this innovative water-saving project. In addition to significant water and money savings that the City of Durham and Duke University will continue to receive, the pond has also become a campus amenity and destination, fulfilling the original campus master plan as envisioned in 1920. (McAdams was teamed up with nationally recognized Nelson Byrd Woltz to bring this project to life).

The Circuit Drive Overlook provides a connection to Duke’s pedestrian network, is an outdoor classroom and “amphitheater” area, and serves at the main inflow point for runoff from the watershed into the pond.

The wetland boardwalk along the southern shoreline of the pond provides an access point to the water as a break along the circular trail system or for water quality sampling by students for one of the multiple on-going studies in the facility.

The Pavilion along the south side of the pond provides a scenic overlook for the entire facility.  The pavilion is over the hidden intake structure that draws hundreds of millions of gallons of water a year into the adjacent chiller plant.  The Pavilion is constructed mostly of wood harvested from the site during construction.