SLAM provided design-build services for a new, 35,000 SF dormitory and academic building on an occupied campus to accommodate 80 students and five faculty families. The building design includes classrooms, an art studio, digital imaging lab, darkroom, dorm rooms, faculty living spaces and a multi-purpose room. Sustainable design features include geothermal wells, in-floor radiant heating, energy recovery units, and a high-performance building envelope.
The integrated design-build team collaborated to resolve numerous site challenges including a brook within a 100-year floodplain, poor soil-bearing capacity, hurricanes, lightning strikes, limited site access and protected wildlife. With scheduled sequencing and overlapping trades, construction was completed approximately three months ahead of the original schedule and $1,088,111 under budget.