This five-story residence hall at North Central College totals 101,101 square feet and accommodates 229 students in apartment-style suites. The common areas of the building provide break-out meeting space, a public kitchen, and a central computer lab, individual floor lounges, and laundry rooms.
The project is a prime example of how precasters can add windows, doors, radiant tubing, electrical components, and even finished roofing cast into their precast components. The goal is to ensure consistent quality, cut construction time, reduce site labor, speed construction, and provide energy-efficient weather-tight structures fast.
The total precast residence hall project features R-24, 10-inch-thick exterior, insulated double walls with windows factory installed. Interior walls are insulated 8-inch-thick double walls. Floors are 10-inch-thick, insulated double wall panels with embedded radiant tubing. Interior precast walls have cast-in electrical components. Roof consists of R-36 insulated double wall panels with a white roof membrane cast into the panels.
With a brick and stone form liner finish, exterior wall panels were painted to match other campus buildings.