DURHAM – Construction is now complete at the Quantum Center, a Duke University facility that is located in the historic Chesterfield Building in Durham.

The $5 million, 10,000 square-foot facility will serve as a laboratory for teams affiliated with the university’s department of electrical and computer engineering as well as the department of physics can experiment and work on quantum computing.

The builder, Skanska USA, shared in a statement that the facility maintains the historic design elements from the 1940s-era building while providing the modern amenities and features essential for the center to operate.

The Quantum Center will host the university’s Scalable Quantum Computing Laboratory (SQLab) which is home to the Error-corrected Universal Reconfigurable Ion-trap Quantum Archetype (EURIQA), according to a statement shared with WRAL TechWire.

According to a statement, the lab is one of five new quantum research centers funded by grants from the U.S. Department of Energy.

The lab is led by Duke University professor Christopher R. Monroe, who is also a co-founder of the now publicly-traded quantum computing company IonQ.

What’s killer app for quantum computing? Hunt is on, Duke prof tells Congress

“This transformational project is an important asset for the Duke community and will continue the university’s legacy of impact in education and research,” said Greg Peele, general manager and executive vice president responsible for Skanska’s North Carolina and Virginia building operations, in a statement.  “We are proud to deliver another project in our ongoing partnership with Duke University.”

$2B quantum startup with strong Duke ties is good news for university’s quantum center