Development of this student housing project at University of Maryland Baltimore included estimating, design, and proposal assistance from Harkins. The 16-story tower houses 287 students in 134 one-, two-, three-, and four-bedroom apartment units, and includes two parking levels. The structure is cast-in-place concrete, with three elevators and two stair towers, and the complex exterior includes brick, cast stone, storefront, metal panels, and architectural precast, with nine different roofs on multiple levels of the building. The suites are furnished with beds and desks, and amenities include a fitness center, a skyline lounge, study lounges, laundry rooms, and a sophisticated surveillance and monitoring system.
The project had a compressed time frame and a tight inner-city site next to existing buildings. Notice to Proceed was issued in January 2003, with the design at about 60%, and we started foundation work for the tower. We received 100% construction documents in the middle of May 2003, which required us to add caissons and grade beams to the foundations. On August 22nd we received a large contract addendum that changed much of the exterior design on an already complex tower building.
Despite these and other challenges, students were moving in, as scheduled, for the beginning of their fall semester.
Please also see details of the renovation of four historic buildings on the same block.