Commonwealth Architects and its team of consultants prepared bridging documents for the new Quad II residence hall on the campus of Virginia State University. The building will house 485 residents in a mix of single and double-occupancy rooms. It will also provide a Living/Learning Center integrating academic and residential life, designed to foster student and faculty interaction. Multi-functional lounges and computer labs will be incorporated into the design on each floor, while central spaces on the ground floor of each wing will offer multi-purpose classrooms/Smart Rooms, wellness center, game room, offices, laundry, and the main commons.
The building is a U-shaped, symmetrical structure that has been designed to complement the existing Quad I residence hall with a plan to create an outdoor quadrangle. A single-story commons area will serve as the main entrance. The reception area will be flanked on both sides by two, four-story, L-shaped wings. Freshmen will occupy one wing, while the other will house upperclassmen.
The goals of the documents were to provide architectural and engineering information in the form of abbreviated construction documents, which consisted of a blend of narrative, specifications, and drawings. Also included in the scope were a stormwater management plan, an environmental impact report, Art & Architecture Review Board documents and presentation, topographic survey, geotechnical report, and preliminary BCOM submission documents. The Commonwealth Architects team also assisted VSU in the development of the RFP that went to prospective design-build teams. Our team will continue to support VSU until completion of the design-build project.