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  Rector Science Complex Stuart Hall and James Hall, Dickinson College

Rector Science Complex Stuart Hall and James Hall, Dickinson CollegeConstruction Manager & General Contractor

Reynolds Construction Management
3300 North Third Street, Harrisburg, PA 17110


Zimmer Gunsul Frasca Architects LLP
1800 K Street, N.W., #200, Washington, DC 20006

General Description

Carlisle, Pennsylvania
Date Bid: Apr 2006 Construction Period: July 2006 to May 2008
Total Square Feet: 87,195 Site: 2.88 acres.
Number of Buildings: One; 3 classrooms
with seating capacity for 30; auditorium seating 80.
Building Size: Basement, 13,613; first floor, 32,175; second floor, 26,454; third floor, 14,953; total, 87,195 square feet.
Building Height: Basement, 15’; first floor, 15’3”; second floor, 15’; floor to floor, 12’;
penthouse, 21’4”; total, 66’7”.
Basic Construction Type: Addition/Steel Frame.
Foundation: Cast-in-place, pier & grade beam, reinforced concrete, slab-on-grade. Exterior Walls: CMU, stone, metal panels.
Roof: Metal, membrane, vegetated. Floors: Concrete.
Interior Walls: CMU, metal stud drywall.
Projected and/or Modeled Energy Usuage KBTU/SF/yr: 215.6.

Construction Team

Structural Engineer: LeMessurier Consultants - 675 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge, MA 02139
MEP Engineer: BR+A Consulting Engineers, LLC - 311 Arsenal Street, Watertown, MA 02472

Dickinson College is a 90-acre, private liberal arts college in Carlisle, Pennsylvania. In 1773, it became the first chartered college of the United States. Dickinson College is known for its interdisciplinary program of studies and its commitment to environmental sustainability.

Completed in 2008, the new Stuart Hall and James Hall addition of the Rector Science Complex is comprised of 90,000 square feet of high-tech laboratories, classrooms, and research facilities for the chemistry, biology and psychology departments. This new addition, which extends in a two-wing configuration, is seamlessly attached to the existing Tome Hall at two locations creating an interior courtyard area that is flanked on the new building side by a two-story atrium, or spine, that serves as the social hub of the complex.

Zimmer Gunsul Frasca Architects LLP served as the project's designer. Sloped roofs and limestone exterior walls were balanced with iridescent, metal shingles and a glass curtain wall - blending the traditional-style of the campus buildings with the bolder look of modern architecture. Amidst the interior spaces are common areas, courtyards, chalkboard-clad walls and alcoves that are used for social gathering and interactive learning. An environmental concern that impacted the original design was a large linden tree and a specimen horse chestnut tree on the proposed site. To spare the trees, the Stuart Hall design was shifted westward.

Reynolds Construction Management, Inc. was hired by Dickinson College to serve as the project's construction manager. Reynolds performed construction management services during the pre-construction, bidding, and construction phases of the project. During the construction phase, Reynolds managed the work, which included recycling 75% of the construction waste, for the 17 prime contractors.

The building's skeleton is comprised of poured concrete foundations with a steel composite superstructure and concrete slabs on deck. Some exterior features of the building, besides the limestone and metal panel facade, include a fluid applied vapor barrier, zinc-coated copper standing seam, vegetated and white thermoplastic roofs, and an architecturally appealing sunscreen system fabricated using high percent recycled content aluminum by Industrial Louvers, Inc. Carlisle SynTec, located in Carlisle, Penn., donated the vegetated roof. The surrounding landscape was restored with native plants that are watered via a storm water retention pond/bioswale. There is also preferred parking for carpooling.

Some interior features of the building include scored and integrally colored concrete floors, perforated, wood paneled ceilings, a passenger elevator with a hanging pit, and wall panels for informational postings. To reduce water consumption, waterless urinals and electric eye sensors on faucets and lavatories were installed. For the LEED
® Energy Recovery credit, four enthalpy heat recovery wheels and one plate-to-plate heat exchanger were installed to provide proper ventilation and clean air throughout the building.

The new Stuart Hall and James Hall addition to the Rector Science Complex has achieved LEED Gold certification from the U.S. Green Building Council.

There is a capstone phase for the Rector Science Complex that is currently in the planning stage. It consists of a third wing or hall that will provide 70,000 square feet of teaching labs and research space.


Vegetated Roof: Carlisle SynTec Roofing
Louvers: Industrial Louvers


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