Clemson University Douthit Hills Student Housing

Clemson, SC
ARCHITECT:
Clark Nexsen & The Boudreaux Group
CONTRACTOR:
Holder Construction Company
Metromont Project Details

Project Overview

Clemson University wanted to increase its enrollment from 18,000 students to 25,000 students. But in order to do that, it needed to be able to accomodate its growing student body.

Insert Douthit Hills – the largest undertaking, both in size and in cost, in Clemson’s history. Spanning 80 acres of Clemson University’s campus, Douthit Hills is a state-of-the-art, mixed-use development that includes student housing, a residential dining center, bookstore, a new campus recreation center and retail spaces.

Metromont has worked on a number of total precast structures, particularly for the student housing market. Having heard about a total precast student dormitory we did for the Savannah College of Art & Design, Holder thought a total precast solution would give them an edge over their competition. With competitive pricing and a schedule that couldn’t be beat, a total precast solution was the obvious choice.

Metromont worked closely with the two architectural firms on the project to rework the layout in order to achieve an open feel. Horizontally stacked wall panels enabled us to incorporate more punch outs for windows and doorways without compromising loadbearing ability. In order to appeal to both incoming freshmen and upperclassmen, the design team wanted to incorporate two living arrangements – standard dormitory style housing as well as apartment style housing. With Metromont’s MetroDeck system, we were able to create a modular system capable of accommodating both living arrangements with fewer ceiling joints and pieces than with other systems.

Project Details

Seven buildings spanning 80 acres
561,591 total sq ft precast; 14,423 pieces
Total precast concrete construction
LEED Silver
1,700 student beds
Includes residential dining hall and retail space
Insulated wall panels
MetroDeck floor system

Architectural Details & Finishes

White architectural mix with medium sandblast finish
White architectural mix with formliner
Cladded with traditional brick & mortar

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"Metromont was an excellent partner and worked seamlessly, closely to collaborate almost as an extension of our design team. It’s incredible how quickly it all came together.”
Scott Johnston
AIA Johnston Design Group
"The precast concrete design was able to meet the stringent performance requirements of the structure while providing an aesthetically pleasing, sustainable final product at an affordable price point."
Ben Townes
Townes + Architects
"Metromont’s team embraced our idea and got their whole team on board. It’s one thing for sales managers to want to make architects happy, but to have the plant manager, the finishing crew foreman and engineers fully engaged is something else. Metromont was extremely cooperative – the project was a win-win for everyone.”
K.J. Jacobs, AIA
McMillan Pazdan Smith

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