Skanska USA announced the topping out of the East Campus Residence Hall Complex at the University of Delaware in Newark, Delaware, the first phase of three planned phases of a major expansion.
Phase One of the expansion includes the construction of two new resident buildings on campus that total 260,000-sf of space and 767 beds, providing students with a comfortable living environment. The buildings will house incoming first year students and will be designed to foster community building with communal bathrooms, open lounges and added gathering space for students to network and study together.
The project consists of extensive site development, which includes landscaping and site finishes, walkways, fire lanes, and utility infrastructure that will include connections to the central utility plant. The utility plant controls the university’s steam distribution, chilled water and electricity. In addition, office space for the University’s Office of Residential Life will be part of Phase One.
The topping out ceremony was not a traditional topping out because a ceremonial last steel beam was not raised. A hybrid panelized wall system, which is often used for hotel construction, has been installed in place of the traditional steel beams used in most buildings in order to save time and money. For example, hybrid wall paneling for one floor of the building, which is approximately 30,000-sf, is built in two weeks.
So far, Phase One is 45% complete, and is on schedule for construction completion in September 2013. In addition, 66% of all work has been awarded to local Delaware subcontractors in an effort to contribute to the state’s economic recovery and boost job creation.
The architect is ABHA Architects from Wilmington, Delaware. +