Jun 22, 2016

Harkins Building New Student Housing at Shepherd University

Harkins Builders has broken ground for construction of a new student housing building at Shepherd University in Shepherdstown, WV. A groundbreaking ceremony was held on Wednesday, June 22.

Located on Shepherd University’s West Campus, the new student housing building will be a five-story, L-shaped building that will house approximately 300 students.

Harkins’ client is EdR Collegiate Housing, who were selected and hired by the Shepherd University Foundation Supporting Organization (SUFSO) to oversee all aspects of this third-party development, including financing, design, and construction. EdR is one of the nation’s largest developers, owners and managers of high-quality collegiate housing communities.

“Harkins is very excited to bring our experience in student housing to Shepherd University,” said Steve Rubin, Director of Project Development for Harkins Builders. “We are looking forward to working with EdR to deliver this wonderful addition to the campus before the 2017-18 academic year begins.”

With architecture by Design Collective, the first level of the building will be a steel frame podium and will include the lobby, a lounge, classrooms, retail and dining facilities, laundry facilities, bike storage, mail and package rooms, and mechanical spaces. Four levels of wood frame construction on top of the podium will contain the residential units.

Each residential floor will have two 36-student wings and a central study lounge space. Additional private study spaces will be provided at the ends of each wing. There will be two primary unit types: a four-bed suite with two double-occupancy bedrooms and two full bathrooms, and a two-bed suite with two single-occupancy bedrooms and a shared bathroom.

The building façade will consist primarily of brick veneer, complementing the reddish color of the surrounding buildings on the West Campus. The ground level will be open, with large expanses of glass in the public amenity areas. Outdoor amenities will include a dining and gathering terrace, and a covered colonnade that will connect the dorm to adjacent classrooms.

Green elements include VRF mechanical systems, low flow plumbing fixtures, green flooring, low VOC paint and caulk, and energy efficient windows.

Groundbreaking Photos

Photo: Jeffrey Resetco (EdR), Shane Carbaugh, John Kim, Todd Souder, Jordan Roth, Steve Rubin, Tom Trubiana (EdR), Mike Mallow, Luis Bernando (Design Collective), Charles Poropatic (EdR), and Greg Pearson.