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Case Study / Durham Innovation District

Durham Innovation District

A mixed-use, master-planned development located in the heart of Downtown Durham. Developed in close collaboration with Duke University, the Durham.ID spans 14 acres of lab/office space, complimentary residential buildings, ground floor retail, and open green space throughout to create a vibrant community destination that is woven into the urban fabric of Downtown Durham.

330,000 RSF

Durham, NC
Project Size

14 Acres


LEED Silver


Investor / Developer


The vision for the Durham.ID came together as a result of Longfellow and Duke’s successful collaboration on the Research Lab and Carmichael building for Duke Medicine. Representing Duke’s first major commitment to move research space downtown in over 165,000 square feet, the first two projects led Longfellow to successfully gain control of the adjacent 15 acres and commence master planning of a new 27-acre district in Downtown while working closely with Duke on place making, desired uses, and community and government relations with the City and the County.

In 2018, the team celebrated the completion of the 200 and 300 Morris Buildings in Southern Gateway, representing the first ground up development in the Durham.ID and Longfellow’s third project with Duke. In addition to the 330,000 square feet of Class A office space, the Southern Gateway includes a 1,200-stall parking deck, ground level retail spaces and programmable public spaces including a public alley way, activated building lobbies and a park. 200 Morris is leased to the Duke Clinical Research Institute and 300 Morris is occupied by notable tenants such as Kimley-Horn & Associates, Cherry Baekart, Spreedly, and WeWork.