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  Virginia Wesleyan College Student Apartments & Townhouses, Page 38Virginia Wesleyan College 
Student Apartments & Townhouses

Cutler Associates, Inc.
43 Harvard Street, Worcester, MA 01609

LOCATION: Norfolk, Virginia
DATE BID: May 2004
Construction Period: June 2004 to Apr 2005
Total Square Feet: 50,800 
SITE: 2.5 acres. 
BUILDING SIZE: 3-Story Apartment Complex, 38,700; Satellite Row House, 2 @ 6,050 each; total, 50,800 square feet. 
Building Height: 3-Story Apartment Complex, each floor, 10’; total 30’; Row House, first floor, 10’; second floor, 10’8”; total, 20’8”. 
Basic Construction Type: New.
Foundation: Reinforced concrete, slab-on-grade. 
Exterior Walls: Load bearing light gauge steel studs. 
Roof: Membrane. 
Floors: Composite metal deck, concrete. 
Interior Walls: Metal stud drywall.

STRUCTURAL ENGINEER: Structural Consulting Group, LLC - 6250 Shiloh Road, #330, Alpharetta, GA 30005 
MECHANICAL & ELECTRICAL ENGINEER: Thompson Consulting Engineers - 9308 Warwick Boulevard, #200, Newport News, VA 23601
CIVIL ENGINEER: C. Allan Bamforth Jr., Engineer Surveyor, Ltd. - 2207 Hampton Boulevard, Norfolk, VA 23517

With demand for on-campus student housing steadily on the rise, Virginia Wesleyan College, a small four-year liberal arts college in Norfolk, Virginia, turned to Cutler Associates for a design-build solution to meet the growing needs of the campus while creating a fully-integrated complex.

The new student apartment building along with its satellite row houses, were carefully designed to complement the existing nearby structures while adding several distinctive aesthetic features. The brick exterior covering the pre-fabricated, load-bearing metal-stud frame links the appearance of the dwellings with their older, neighboring buildings. The color and style of the windows also embody the original site design theme. 

The three-story signature entry lobby adorns the entire entranceway of the apartment complex, creating a welcoming focal point. Residents enjoy a view of the campus while studying or socializing in the common lounge areas located on each floor. A shaded porch recalls genteel southern hospitality and offers students additional gathering space.

The design team was challenged to create a student-housing solution within a constricted site. Because the site was originally prepared for a classroom building, all of the utilities required re-routing while keeping the adjacent existing dwellings fully operational.

A number of unique construction methodologies were incorporated into the design to shorten the overall construction schedule and save costs. In addition to the pre-fabricated frame, drop ceilings were installed, while the HVAC and electrical components were encased entirely within the ceiling.

Div. 5: Pre-Panelized Load-Bearing Metal Stud Walls: The Infinity Structural System; Pre-Insulated Steel Framing: Thermasteel; Composite Metal Deck: Epicore® by Epic Metals Corportion.
Div. 7: Membrane Roof: Firestone.
Div. 8: Curtainwall, Entrances & Storefronts: YKK America; Windows: Win-Vent by Extrusions, Inc.; Special Doors: Overhead Door.
Div. 9: Flooring: Mannington, Collins & Aikman.
Div. 14: Elevators: Thyssen/Krupp.
Div. 16: Lighting: Cooper, Metalux.

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