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Precast Chosen for University Dorm systems around central lounge areas. The precast concrete system consists of columns, beams, hollowcore plank, stairs, landings, parapets and 8-inch-thick solid precast concrete interior wall panels. The perimeter contains 11-inch-thick load-bearing architectural panels that include 3 inches of insulation. The panels are finished with a combination of a buffcolored sandblasted texture and embedded
The project was slowed by various design and construction-team changes, leading to the need to complete the 16-month schedule in only 11 months. Corkill explains, “We went to a fast-track system once all of the changes were worked out, and the precaster kept things rolling. ” Oldcastle Precast operated two cranes 12 hours per day to meet the schedule, and was able to erect the north portion of the building while precasting details on the south side were still being designed. THE TEAM
New Haven University dormitory / Rendering courtesy of The Design Collaborative
New Haven, CT – Officials at the University of New Haven used a total precast concrete system with architectural insulated precast concrete wall panels in several finishes to create a new dynamic hub for student activities on the campus. Precast Chosen for the Aggressive Construction Schedule
“I was skeptical that precast concrete was the best choice for a high-design dormitory like this,” says John Corkill, project architect at Design Collective Inc. “But the erection has gone relatively
quickly while the final design and shopdrawing process was completed on a parallel schedule track.” The four-story, 90,000sf facility sits on a podium base consisting of below-grade mechanical, kitchen-support, and parking areas. Its first floor consists of a 300-seat dining room, common lounge spaces, office space for university personnel, and about 2,300sf of state-of-the-art technology classrooms. Above this are three more levels with 151 units providing space for up to 355 student beds, arranged in pod
Dormitory in progress / Photo courtesy of Oldcastle Precast Building System
thin brick, with large glass areas and projections to add dimension and visual interest. Oldcastle Precast fabricated the precast concrete components. “The blend of brick that can be achieved today with precast concrete panels has improved greatly, providing a more natural look,” says Corkill. A white cement mix was used as the backing and mortar between bricks, creating a bright joint pattern.
The Design Collective Inc. of Baltimore, Md. STRUCTURAL ENGINEER:
Structural Design Group of Birmingham, Ala. CONTRACTOR:
Consigli Construction Company of Milford, Mass. PRECASTER:
Oldcastle Precast Building System
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University of New Haven Westside Residence Hall, New Haven, CT Designer: The Design Collective, Inc. Photo courtesy of Oldcastle Precast Building Systems.
Rendering courtesy of The Design Collective, Inc.
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