Proj Overview

Project Overview

Colleges and universities are often challenged by a demand for new student housing and expanded student facilities while being squeezed for funding. North Central College met that challenge with a unique two-buildings-in-one solution that can serve as a prototype for educational institutions across the country.

The nation’s first LEED-certified (LEED Silver) combination college dorm and rec facility consists of a 198,000-square-foot Residential/Recreation Center with a 265-bed rectangular dormitory facility surrounding an internal activity and track center.

Precast Solution

The surrounding residence hall features precast concrete double walls and conventional sandwich panels, precast columns, beams, stairs, and water retention storage tanks. The building also features energy-efficient windows, radiant heat, high-efficiency air conditioning, heat recovery ventilators, a domestic hot water waste heat recovery system, a white membrane roof to reduce the heat island effect, low-flow plumbing fixtures, and extensive use of recycled and low-VOC-emitting materials. It also features one of the largest geothermal installations in the Midwest with 60 650-ft deep geothermal wells, as well as underground precast double-wall storm water retention tanks. The project also won an Honorable Mention Harry H. Edwards Award for Industry Advancement.

 

Awards
2011 PCI Design AwardsBest Sustainable Design and Harry H. Edwards Industry Advancement Award Honorable Mention
Project Team

Architect

Thomas A. Buchar & Associates 

Engineer

Architectural Consulting Engineers

Contractor

Mustang Construction 

Owner

North Central College 

Precaster and Precast Specialty Engineer

Dukane Precast Inc. 

Key Project Attributes

  • Features underground precast double-wall storm water retention tanks.
  • The nation’s first LEED-certified (LEED Silver) combination college dorm and rec facility
  • Interior wall and ceiling panels have a paintable, smooth finish surface that does not require drywall

Project/Precast Scope

  • Dormitory wall panels features two 2 ½-in. concrete faces on either side of a 3-in. layer of bio-based insulating foam
  • Area: 201,000 ft2
  • Number of stories: 4
  • Qualified for 41 LEED credit points which is a LEED Silver rating