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  Rolling Hills Graduate Student Housing, Nova Southeastern University

Rolling Hills Graduate Student Housing, Nova Southeastern UniversityArchitect

Gallo Architects & Development Consultants
1311 West Newport Center Drive, Deerfield Beach, FL 33442
Site Planning

1512 East Broward Boulevard, Suite 110, Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33301

General Description

Location: Davie, Florida
Negotiated Bid: Oct 2007
Construction Period: Jan 2008 to Aug 2008
Total Square Feet: 203,500 Site: 8.65 acres.
Number of Buildings: Three.
Building Size: First floor, 42,500; second floor, 41,600; each of five floors, 23,880 each; total, 203,500 square feet.
Building Height: First floor, 8’6”; second floor, 8’6”; each of five floors, 8’6”; total height, 60’.
Basic Construction Type: Renovation/Adaptive Reuse.
Foundation: Existing.
Exterior Walls: EIFS, CMU, curtainwall.
Roof: Built-Up. Floors: Concrete.
Interior Walls: Metal stud drywall, CMU.

Construction Team

Civil, Structural, & MEP: DeRose Design Consultants, Inc. - 470 South Andrews Avenue, #206, Pompano Beach, FL 33069
General Contractor & Cost Estimator: JWR Construction Services, Inc. - 1311 West Newport Center Drive, Deerfield Beach, FL 33442
Landscape Architect: Landscape Architects Collaborative, Inc. - 4310 West Broward Blvd., Plantation, FL 33317

Over 11 weeks in the autumn of 1979, famous scenes from the movie Caddyshack, starring Chevy Chase, Rodney Dangerfield, Bill Murray and Ted Knight, were shot at the former and once thriving Rolling Hills Golf & Tennis Resort (referred to as Bushwood Country Club in the movie). In more recent years, the resort fell into a serious state of decline. The resort suffered extensive and significant damage from Hurricane Wilma in October 2005 and never reopened.

Nova Southeastern University purchased the property, located in Davie, Florida (near Fort Lauderdale) and began a major $25 million renovation of the 203,500-square-foot complex, transforming it into modern housing for 373 graduate and doctoral students. Rolling Hills’ proximity to NSU and its scenic setting overlooking NSU’s Grande Oaks Country Club make it an excellent and appealing housing option for the University’s graduate and doctoral students.

The fast-track nine-month construction schedule had a firm August 2008 deadline to accommodate students arriving for the Fall 2008 semester. Rather than simply tear down existing buildings, a piece of the past was carefully preserved, renovated and rejuvenated. The resort was demolished to its original tunnel form shells and rebuilt to bring buildings up to code, with new/upgraded electrical and plumbing systems, impact windows that meet South Florida’s stringent hurricane code, and modern fire alarm and fire suppression systems. For aesthetic appeal, old brickwork was replaced with a new facade created from an energy efficient EIFS system of structural stud with sound-dampening/insulating panels painted in a robust earth tone palette.

Now, the Rolling Hills Graduate Apartments, which reside in three-story and seven-story residential towers, house over 300 graduate and doctoral students. Each single, double and quad apartment is furnished and features:

• Single or Married housing
• Kitchen and Living Room
• Laundry Facilities
• Elevators
• In-Room Wireless Internet
• Cable Television
• In-Room Telephone with local telephone service
• Air Conditioning
• Shuttle Bus Service to Campus

Beginning April 2009 the next phase of redevelopment will renovate the conference center and support services building, the main entrance to the complex, creating a lobby with vaulted ceilings, administrative offices, and conference, recreational and other common areas. A tropical pool area will be renovated, including the installation of a pool heating system using a combination of solar energy and heat recovery from the conference center system. Also, environmentally compatible landscaping will be planted, and driveways and parking lots will be redesigned to create a welcoming entrance and grounds.     


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