Shepherd University Cuts Ribbon for New Student Dormitory
The Harkins team celebrated the grand opening and ribbon cutting of the Potomac Place dorm at Shepherd University on Saturday, September 23rd. Located on West Campus, the Potomac Place dorm is a five-story, L-shaped building and houses approximately 300 students and even one service animal. The first level of the building is a steel frame podium and includes 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 are on top of the podium, containing the residential units.
Each residential floor consists of two wings and has space for 36 students and an RA organized around a central study lounge space. Additional private study spaces are provided at the ends of each wing. There are 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. There are also ADA compliant versions of each unit. These unit types allow for an ideal mix of personal space and group interaction at various stages of a student’s academic career.
The building façade consists primarily of brick veneer that complements the reddish color of the surrounding buildings on the West Campus. The ground level is open with large expanses of glass in the public amenity areas, while the upper levels feature individual windows.
Construction was completed in July, which was ahead of schedule and on budget.
Photo: Members from the EdR, Shepherd University, Design Collective, and Harkins team.