Academic Neighborhood

When The Duke Endowment announced a $45 million gift to Davidson College in October 2012, the largest gift ever to the institution, a plan for increased collaboration and transdiscplinary study was set into motion. The time came to reimagine how students and faculty conduct research, how they learn and how they engage with the community around them.

The Academic Neighborhood plans call for a restructuring of the main academic portion of campus to create spaces that foster new methods of learning. Six buildings will be expanded, renovated, or constructed over the next decade to create a "neighborhood" with flexible spaces and common areas that encourage the exchange and generation of ideas across conventional academic boundaries—between departments, between disciplines, and between the arts and sciences. Faculty and staff will be grouped in these facilities by the resources they need and their potential interactions with others. The new building, as currently planned, will include up to 20 teaching laboratory spaces, 34 research labs, 47 faculty offices, shared faculty and student common areas and five learning environments for lectures, presentations and group discussions. An open forum or atrium will provide a gathering place for the campus community and encourage collaboration among faculty, students and staff.

Naming opportunities are available and range from $50,000 to $10 million. A visit to the Academic Neighborhood website will provide detailed information about the project, a video showcasing campus perspectives and a fly-through tour of the architectural plans. For additional information or to discuss a naming gift, please contact Kelly Knetsche, Campaign Manager, at 704-894-2017 or