Duke Health

Duke Central Tower

With larger private patient rooms accommodating technologically advanced medical equipment, Duke Health’s new Bed Tower prioritizes both clinical care and patient wellbeing.

Duke Health’s new 11-story bed tower provides pediatric and adult services including med-surg, ortho, ICU, solid organ transplant, neurology and bone marrow transplant units. Additionally, the new bed tower has cath labs and procedure rooms, an imaging suite, pharmacy, loading dock and materials management as well as administrative support services.

Size510,000 SF

LocationDurham, North Carolina

ServicesMEP Building Engineering, District Energy


RMF provided an uninterruptible power system (UPS) for the imaging suite to ensure continuous operation of patient scanners in the event of power outage. Normal power distribution for the new bed tower incorporates a new line-up of main-tie-main configured medium voltage (15kV) switchgear dually fed from separate 15kV circuits. The basement and level 0 of the building house the electrical, mechanical and plumbing systems. The building is served by 11 air handling units in the basement and roof top. Steam service is distributed to the hot water heat exchangers and domestic water heaters. A domestic water booster pump system delivers cold water and hot water up to all patient floors. Medical air and vacuum systems are distributed to all 11 floors of the addition, and oxygen needs are delivered from the existing oxygen tank farm.

Program Spaces




Solid organ

Bone marrow transplant


Cath labs

Procedure rooms

Imaging suite


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