GSU University Commons

Atlanta, GA
ARCHITECT:
Niles Bolton Associates, Inc.
CONTRACTOR:
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!

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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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