Administrators at Lincoln University wanted to expand the school’s housing options for students, creating a traditional looking design for America’s first historically black university.
The building also had to meet budget and schedule goals, which would require construction to continue through the winter.
Designers chose a total-precast concrete structural system, including hollowcore plank, columns, beams, and interior structural walls, along with architectural panels.
The residence hall was designed with two wings that could be constructed in phases and positioned to create a light-filled outdoor courtyard for group activities. Each unit contains five single bedrooms, two bathrooms, and a common living space with kitchen.
The exterior panels were cast simultaneously with the structural components, allowing construction to progress through the winter months, eliminating the cost of expensive winterization of other exterior constructed materials. The cross wall design lends itself to a quiet space, perfect for this student housing application.