Duncan is a U-shaped building with five distinct floors. The first floor contains the main public spaces, including the laundry room, music room, and the mail room.
The living floors are the second, third, fourth and fifth floors, but new students only live on floors two through four. Each of the floors has three hallways, defined alphabetically (e.g “A-B” hallway, between A and B stairwells). Singles and suites are located at the stairwells of Duncan while the hallways are lined with doubles.
Each floor also contains two study lounges (one on each of the side hallways) as well as and a resident associate’s lounge and apartment (except the 4th floor).
In addition to rooms, the fifth floor also doubles as a sundeck, which is a large gathering and hangout place for all of Duncan.
As strong supporters of environmental awareness, Anne and Charles Duncan requested for Duncan College to be an environmentally friendly building. Duncan College, designed by Hopkins Architect, is one of the first buildings in Houston to be awarded the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold Certification.
- reduced energy and water consumption (at least 25% and 30% respectively)
- monitoring system that shuts off lights when no motion is detected for ~30 minutes
- air conditioning that shuts off when windows are opened
- rooftop gardens with low-maintenance plants that cut heating/cooling costs
- runoff water collection system for reuse
- pod bathrooms, minimizing construction waste and traffic
- two flushing options to lower water consumption
- lack of carpet, a product that when manufactured causes heavy CO2 emission and waste
- use of green materials in construction and furnishing
- recycling containers are located in each floor’s elevator bay and down in the servery