Levern Hamlin Allen Residence Hall at WCU

Cullowhee, NC
ARCHITECT:
Clark Nexsen
CONTRACTOR:
James R. Vannoy & Sons
Metromont Project Details

Project Overview

The Levern Hamlin Allen Residence Hall is a five-story, 165,000-SF, 612-bed dormitory at the central part of Western Carolina University’s main campus.

The new residence hall includes double occupancy and single occupancy living units, kitchen/living room spaces, laundry rooms, study rooms, resident assistant apartments, university office suite, and building support spaces.

A total precast design and exterior skin was selected to help aide the expedited 17-month construction schedule. The project was completed in time for the Fall 2019 semester.

As part of an increase in student enrollment, the University established a strategic plan for guiding the growth of the institution. A significant portion of the master planning goal is dedicated to the replacement of its residence halls, which were built during the 1950s.

The Levern Hamlin Allen Residence Hall project is the first step in moving the University forward towards that goal. The upper campus residence hall project acts as a gateway between the steep topography, giving students an on-grade internal and external pathway to traverse campus.

Project Details

1,372 pieces total
151,950 SF (324 pieces) of 11” (3’-4”-4”) sandwich wall panels
148,530 sq ft (501 pieces) of 9.5” deep MetroDeck
Buildings A & B erected in 47 working days
Building C was erected in 26 working days

Architectural Details & Finishes

Medium sandblast finish
Light sandblast finish
Form-Liner
Red cast-in thin brick with running bond and soldier pattern
Steel trowel finish on interior

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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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