Duke Water Reclamation Pond | Durham, North Carolina | Nelson Byrd Woltz Landscape Architects

With an extreme drought straining the city of Durham’s utilities, Duke University engaged the landscape architect to design a stormwater management pond that would reduce its reliance on municipal water and help conserve the region’s other natural resources. The landscape architect led a technical team and an intensive planning and design process to successfully transform a derelict and unhealthy landscape into one that is vibrant, resilient, and memorable. Today, Duke Pond is far more than a utility; it supports the university’s pedagogical, social, and environmental missions, and has become a model of sustainability enjoyed by the entire Durham community.

Collaboration and Design Excellence

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