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  Rider University West Village HousingRider University West Village Housing


Spiezle Architectural Group, Inc.
120 Sanhican Drive, Trenton, NJ 08618

General Description

Location: Lawrenceville, New Jersey
Date Bid: Feb 2008
Construction Period: Apr 2008 to June 2009 Total Square Feet: 50,500 Site: 4.5 acres. Number of Buildings: Two.
LEED® Silver
Building Size: First floor, 8,500; second floor, 8,375; third floor, 8,375; total, 25,250 square feet each building.
Building Height: First floor, 9’; second floor, 9’; third floor, 9’4”; floor to floor, 11’; total, 49’.
Basic Construction Type: New/Structural insulated panels.
Foundation: Slab-on-grade. Exterior Walls: CMU, brick, structural insulated panels Roof: Asphalt shingles, metal. Floors: Wood. Interior Walls: CMU, wood stud drywall, metal stud drywall.
Projected and/or modeled energy usuage KBTU/SF/yr: 172.28.

LEED® Points Achieved
Sustainable Sites
Water Efficiency
Energy & Atmosphere
Materials & Resources
Indoor Environmental Quality
Innovation Design Process

35 Total







Construction Team

Structural Engineer: Harrison Hamnett, P.C. - 40 Knowles Street, Pennington, NJ 08534
General Contractor: Seacoast Builders Corporation - 566 Halls Mill Road, Freehold, NJ 07728
Mechanical & Electrical Engineer: R. G. Vanderweil Engineers, LLP - 101 Grovers Mill Road, Lawrenceville, NJ 08648
Site & Civil Engineer: Van Note-Harvey Associates, P.C. - 777 Alexander Road, #102, Princeton, NJ 08540

With increased need for housing and a growing international student summer program, the university completed construction of two 25,000-square-foot buildings with 152 beds consisting of a mix of individual apartments and suites-which has received LEED® Silver certification.

The design team developed an innovative solution to the building construction utilizing structural insulated panels (SIPs). Use of the SIP construction reduced the time needed for construction, allowing a three-story buildings to be fully enclosed in less than a week. The SIPs also dramatically increased the energy performance of the building envelope, allowing the university to use a conventional, inexpensive HVAC system to keep costs down while still achieving a 17 percent better-than-code energy performance.

Other unique sustainable features include harvesting trees using horses to reduce construction carbon footprint and reusing the wood for exterior benches; low-flow plumbing fixtures; pervious pavement at new parking lots to reduce storm-water runoff; installation of Energy Star® certified appliances; purchase of 35 percent of the building's overall power from renewable energy sources such as wind and solar; VOC-free paints and adhesives; rapidly renewable material such as cork flooring in the kitchen; extensive daylighting and views for occupants; 90 percent construction waste recycled; and covered bike racks.

Product Information
SIPS: R-Control Panels Roofing: GAF, Merchant+Evans
Gypsum: National Interior Doors: Algoma
Acoustical: Armstrong Paint: Sherwin Williams
VCT: Armstrong Carpet: Mohawk
Lighting: Cooper, Focal Point
Entrances & Storefronts: Oldcastle BuildingEnvelope®
Elevators: Otis

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