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Architecture Operations D.P.C. (ArcOps) recently won two 2016 North Carolina AIA Honor Awards.  The project successfully transformed and integrated several elements of Duke’s West Campus, a hub for student interaction and amenities, with the larger overall campus.  The first element transformed the east entry for the Bryan Center, a building completed in the 70’s that lacked daylight and a larger connection to the surrounding campus.  The new entry work repositioned the busy threshold as a subtle contemporary addition to the existing building while bringing in ample daylight to clarify internal circulation and solve exiting code issues.  The second element woven into this West Campus sits adjacent to Grimshaw Architects’ West Union building, the new main dining services for the West Campus district.  An integrated bridge and pavilion was designed to clearly establish the main connection between the neo-gothic campus core and the West Union and Bryan Center buildings.  Circulation occurs both above and below the bridge, and it was critical to the vitality of the West Union building that the bridge equally celebrated movement above and below, while creating an inviting gathering space below activated by light.  The result is a thin, elegant bridge deck supported by polished stainless steel columns and punctuated with cast glass lenses that bring light down below the bridge during the day and broadcast light above the concrete structure in the evening.  The trellis like pavilion spaces below the bridge incorporate outdoor dining, a pub and flexible seating where students and facility gather and these spaces have an immediate connection to the landscape and the sky above.  JCDA worked as an artist collaborating with ArcOps on the project.  The planning principles were developed in collaboration with both Reed Hilderbrand, the landscape architect and Grimshaw Architects, designers of the West Union Building.