Smith Warehouse
+ Duke TIP Department

Duke's Talent Identification Program (TIP) administrative offices were overcrowded and a solution that would accommodate the staff was found by repurposing this historic 1926 power house. The Power House in downtown Durham was originally constructed in 1926 to provide electricity for the Liggett & Myers Tobacco Company operations. It now houses this program whose reach is in seven states and four international locations. Video of multipurpose room with partitions can be seen here.

The Power House in downtown Durham was originally constructed in 1926 to provide electricity for the Liggett & Myers Tobacco Company operations. Today it houses a vibrant environment for Duke University's Talent Identification Program

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Entrance to the building - New design elements hearken to the industrial past with mechanical systems exposed.

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Workspaces include small meeting areas

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Because the existing architectural fabric was so rich, bold colors delineate new elements and form a counterpoint to the predominate red brick on the exterior walls.

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The second floor offers a large, open collaboratory with expansive windows, complete with the center court logo repurposed from the basketball court (which is now a large learning center)

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A large learning room, formerly an in-house basketball court, divides (with partitions) into three smaller rooms, tailoring spaces for various instructional styles.

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The breakroom doubles as a catering kitchen for special events.

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