Davidson College Student Housing / Davidson, NC

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The Details

This project includes a new 83,000 square foot dormitory facility. The building consists of two wings which include four stories of residential space. One of the wings has a fifth story to allow for a fitness center in the lowest level. The building also includes a one story common area which connects the two wings. The project design was completed as a fully integrated design utilizing BIM technology including the architectural, structural and mechanical consultants and the contractor.

Stewart provided structural and civil engineering during this project. To expedite the delivery of the project, multiple construction packages were required. Early site and foundation packages were submitted for express review in less than two months with finished construction documents one month later.

The project site sloped nearly a building story height from one end of the building to the other. Courtyards with sloped green space and stairs were utilized to provide a cohesive site surrounding the building and blending with the adjacent buildings. The lowest level of the five story wing was positioned a story height below the lowest level of the four story wing to have the building follow the grade change. This was accomplished with full story height basement retaining walls. Significant variations in the soil quality required a detailed study to be completed to determine the most economical foundation system.

Second floor construction is a podium slab that consists of composite steel construction that supports load bearing walls above the second floor. All floors above the second consist of long span concrete on metal deck that is supported on load bearing light gage metal stud walls. The gable roof structure was stick framed to provide a large open space to house the mechanical systems. The lateral system consists of a masonry shear walls. The exterior veneer consists of a brick to match the style of the other buildings on campus.


Davidson College


Hanbury Evans Wright Vlattas + Company

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Construction Cost

$14 million

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