Location: Durham, NC

Healthy workplace. By consolidating community services under one roof, the Durham County Human Services Complex promotes streamlined teamwork across agencies.

Designed with its users in mind, occupants of the Durham County Health and Human Services Building now enjoy access to natural light with ample outside views.

Durham County Human Services Complex

Size: 293,000 square feet
Sustainability: LEED Silver
Glass: Vitro Solarban XL70 on clear
Durham City-County Appearance Commission Golden Leaf Award
AIA Triangle Merit Award

The Durham Health Services Complex wraps the entire city block and creates an incredible, fully landscaped courtyard, providing access to the County Wide Meeting Hall while adding much-needed green space and a place of respite in downtown Durham, North Carolina.

Installed by Binswanger Glass of Charlotte, sunshades and light shelves are used throughout the Durham Health Services Complex; allowing natural daylight to penetrate through the building while providing shade near the windows reducing solar heat gain and window glare.

In contrast to their former offices with few windows and fewer views, workers at the Durham Health Services Complex now enjoy access to natural light and views of the outdoors. Office spaces are arranged around large “light wells” that bring luminance into the work environment.


Architect: Freelon Group

General Contractor: New Atlantic Contracting, Inc.


Commercial Services, Curtain Wall, Sunshades & Lightshelves