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USC Foundation Gadsden & Greene Student Housing

Columbia, SC
USC Development Foundation
Holder Properties
Cooper Carry & Associates
New South Construction
Metromont Project Details

Project Overview

Located on 3.75 acres at the intersection of Gadsden Street and Greene Street in Columbia, the USC Foundation Student Housing project is a 750,000 SF mixed-use total precast development that includes a 940-bed student housing community and 580-space precast concrete parking deck. The project’s location at the edge of the USC campus provides convenient access to Colonial Life Arena, Greek Village, the Darla Moore School of Business, and the Greene Street Bridge.

Originally envisioned as a cast-in-place concrete structure, the new Gadsden & Greene student housing community was reimagined as a design-build total precast development utilizing Metromont’s MetroDeck floor and ceiling system, exterior insulated MetroMass walls, and interior walls/framing. The 11-story student housing community features 42,000 square feet of student meeting space and 12,000 square feet of retail and restaurant space. The total precast development includes a 181,230 GSF parking deck, resort-style pool, two-story fitness center, study areas, and rooftop lounge.

A total of 4,740 precast concrete components were produced and erected for the project. The exterior façade of the student housing features charcoal gray concrete mix with light and medium sandblast finish and cast-in thin brick.

Project Details

750,000 SF total precast student housing community and parking deck
4,740 precast components
11-story student housing structure
42,000 SF student meeting space
12,000 SF retail/restaurant space
181,230 GSF precast parking deck
580 parking spaces

Architectural Details & Finishes

Charcoal gray concrete mix
Light and medium sandblast finish
Cast-in thin brick

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"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

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