Proj Overview

Project Overview

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.

Precast Solution

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.


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Project Team


AP3C Architects 


David Chou & Associates 

General Contractor

EDiS Co. 


Lincoln University 

Precaster and Precast Specialty Engineer

Oldcastle Precast Building Systems 

Key Project Attributes

  • Fabricating the precast concrete components under controlled conditions in the plant ensured high quality and tight tolerances, minimizing field adjustments and speeding up erection time.
  • Casting components off-site while site work was completed allowed precast concrete pieces to be ready for erection as soon as foundations were ready, speeding up construction.
  • Precast concrete’s aesthetic versatility provided a traditional look that blended embedded thin brick with other finishes.
  • Embedded thin brick eliminated trades at the site and provided textured masonry look in a panelized system, speeding erection and minimizing long-term maintenance needs.
  • Total precast concrete structural system was cast simultaneously with exterior panels, speeding erection during harsh winter months.
  • Precast concrete’s inherent inorganic composition provides fire resistance without additional time and material to add fireproofing materials.
  • Precast concrete’s dense mass provides built-in noise damping to help reduce distractions between student rooms.

Project/Precast Scope

  • Four-story, 127,000-square-foot dormitory.
  • 400 beds in two wings, with each unit containing five single bedrooms, two bathrooms and a common living space with kitchen.
  • Precast concrete structural system included hollowcore plank, interior walls, beams, and columns.
  • Architectural precast concrete wall panels featured embedded thin brick plus other finishes.