Metromont Logo

GSU University Commons

Atlanta, GA
Niles Bolton Associates, Inc.
Hardin Construction Company
Metromont Project Details

Project Overview

University Commons consists of four apartment buildings on a 4.2 acre site in the heart of Atlanta, GA. The heights range from eight to fifteen stories and house approximately 2,000 students. All units come with a fully equipped kitchen, furnished bedrooms and living spaces.

Budget restraints, approaching deadlines and a tight downtown site all contributed to the need for a smarter solution for this project consisting of four buildings ranging from eight to 14 stories.

Construction of the largest, privately funded university housing complex in the nation demanded careful attention to each system. The design team opted to use precast for several reasons. It was more economical to replace the metal stud and brick veneer system with an easy to install precast wall panel, finished on the exterior and ready to paint on the interior. This limited the cost and unpredictability of field labor as well as finishing materials. Setting the precast panels at night allowed for use of the general contractor’s on-site tower crane, eliminating the need for mobilization of another crane. This knocked months off the construction schedule. When the project team weighed options for the building envelope and looked at issues like cost, performance, speed of erection, logistics, aesthetics and more, the choice was clear: a thermal efficient precast concrete wall system.

Project Details

C.I.P. structure cladded with insulated precast panels
Four buildings: 8-14 stories, 2,000 beds
8.5” R-13 c.i. precast panels
6” & 8” Solid Panels
410,000 sq ft of precast
370,000 sq ft of thermal efficient walls
2,532 Pieces
Erected in 10 months

Architectural Details & Finishes

Steel trowel finish on interior walls making them a durable paint-ready surface
348,000 sq ft sandblasted architectural mix
24,000 sq ft integral thin-set brick
Cornice at parapet

Sustainability Highlights

Use of local and regional materials
Thermal efficient mass wall system with continuous insulation exceeded ASHRAE Energy Standard
Large wall panels minimized air infiltration
Determined “very energy efficient” by infrared imaging consultant with an effective R-14 value
33% energy savings ($411,000) in year one!

Do you have a similar project?

We’d love to hear more about it and answer any questions you have.

"Thank you for your professionalism and expertise on the Cornell University North Campus Residential Expansion. Your contributions were critical to our success."
Ben Robertson
"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

Let's Discuss Your Project

Our industry-leading experts are ready to answer your questions and put our proven experience to work for you. Contact us today and let’s discuss the ins and outs of your project.

This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.
Metromont Concrete Slab

LUNA at Viera

Viera, FL

The Shepherd Hotel

Clemson, SC

West Georgia Technical College Carroll Campus

Carrollton, GA

The Standard at New Brunswick

New Brunswick, NJ

Fulton Science Academy Addition

Alpharetta, GA

The Barclay at SouthPark Retirement Community

Charlotte, NC

JW Marriott

Charlotte, NC

The Standard at State College

State College, PA

The Metropolitan

State College, PA

AJ Whittenberg Elementary School

Greenville, SC

Clemson University Douthit Hills Student Housing

Clemson, SC

Cornell University Student Housing

Ithaca, NY

Dr. Phinnize J. Fisher Middle School

Greenville, SC

French Broad Place

Brevard, NC

GSU Piedmont Central Student Dormitories

Atlanta, GA

Levern Hamlin Allen Residence Hall at WCU

Cullowhee, NC

Locks Tower

Richmond, VA

NOVA Southeastern University MAKO Residence Hall

Davie, FL

Proximity Hotel

Greensboro, NC

River Pier Landing

Chattanooga, TN

SCAD Montgomery House

Savannah, GA

South Falls Tower

Richmond, VA

The Bookends

Greenville, SC

The Cascades

Tallahassee, FL

The FORTY Residence Hall & Event Space at SCAD Atlanta

Atlanta, GA

The Hawk

Charlotte, NC

The Pearl

Tampa, FL

The Standard at Atlanta

Atlanta, GA

The Tides Luxury Condominiums

Mount Pleasant, SC

University of South Florida Student Housing & Dining Hall

St. Petersburg, FL