Durham Innovation District Unveils New Life Science and Tech Buildings

The Durham Innovation District (Durham.ID) will soon include two new mixed-use buildings, leaders from Longfellow Real Estate Partners, Duke University, Measurement Inc. and Duda|Paine Architects announced.

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The announcement marks an important milestone for the award-winning Durham.ID, a 15-acre research hub and live-work-play campus that connects dynamic neighborhoods on the west side of the Bull City’s thriving downtown.

To date, execution of the master plan has primarily involved the adaptive reuse of existing buildings, such as the transformation of Carmichael Warehouse into the Triangle’s first urban located Class-A lab building and of the 1916 Imperial Building into the sleek home of the Duke Innovation and Entrepreneurship Initiative. North and South are new buildings with a shared mission to further accommodate the burgeoning demand of innovative tenants in downtown Durham. Together, these Innovation District projects help to usher in a new era of development for the region.


Duke Clinical Research Institute (DCRI), the largest academic research organization in the world, has signed a lease to occupy all of the office space in the South Building.

The DCRI conducts multinational clinical trials, manages major national patient registries and performs outcomes research. DCRI research spans multiple disciplines, from pediatrics to geriatrics, primary care to subspecialty medicine, and genomics to proteomics. With its new location in the South Building, DCRI will consolidate operations adjacent to its other offices in the center of innovation activity in downtown.

Longfellow is well along in the process of marketing the North Building, focusing on technology and innovation based enterprises ranging from fast growing start-ups to full building tenants.


Architects from Durham’s Duda|Paine were chosen to design Durham.ID’s North and South office buildings. The firm is headquartered just steps away from the building site, giving its architects unique insight into a project that is further energizing the growth and dynamism of downtown Durham. Design highlights include:

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