Shepherd University Tops Out
Harkins hosted a “Topping Out” celebration for the new student housing building at Shepherd University in Shepherdstown, WV on Friday, December 2. This event marks the building reaching its highest constructed point. A BBQ lunch was provided to thank all the subcontractors who are currently on the project. We were joined by members from our client EdR, our architect Design Collective, Civil and Structural Engineers, and Harkins employees.
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.
Construction on the project began in June 2016 and is intended to be completed by August 2017 so that students may move in for the fall semester.
Photo: Members from the EdR, Design Collective, Frederick, Seibert Associates, Hope Furrer Associates, and Harkins team.