Clark To Lead Design-Build of New University of Maryland High-Rise Dorm

February 18, 2009

COLLEGE PARK, Md. – The University of Maryland has selected Clark Design/Build, a division of Clark Construction Group, LLC, to lead the design and construction of the $80 million Oakland Hall Dormitory with Satellite Central Utility Building project. The first new dormitory built at the University of Maryland’s College Park campus in more than a quarter-century, the residence hall will help meet growing undergraduate housing demands.

Named for the city of Oakland, Md., the eight-story, 200,000 square-foot cast-in-place concrete building will provide beds for 650 students. Oakland Hall Dormitory will be built alongside the existing Denton Community residence halls on the campus’ north side.

The dorm’s layout will primarily consist of four-person units with double-occupancy bedrooms sharing a bathroom. Each floor will have two student lounges, two study rooms, and a laundry room. The building will also include a multipurpose room with outdoor patio, open lobby, and interior bicycle storage. The satellite central utility building, located in Oakland Hall’s basement, will provide chilled water for the building, six existing high-rise dorms, two dining halls, and a future residential facilities office complex.

To unify the building with the surrounding dorms, Oakland Hall’s exterior incorporates elements of the campus’ iconic aesthetic: brick and punched aluminum windows with cast stone accents and prominent vertical window walls. Oakland Hall is the first newly constructed residence hall on the College Park campus since New Leonardtown opened in 1982.

Oakland Hall Dormitory will be designed to achieve LEED® Silver certification.

Design and preconstruction efforts on Oakland Hall began in December 2008. Construction is scheduled to begin this summer and substantial completion is expected in spring 2011.

WDG Architecture of Washington, D.C. is the project architect and is leading the design team. Other project partners include Cagley & Associates, Rockville, Md., structural engineer; Site Resources, Inc., Phoenix, Md., civil engineer; WFT Engineering, Inc., Rockville, Md., MEP engineer; and SD Keppler and Associates, Rockville, Md., LEED consultant and commissioning agent.