Named for the city of Oakland, Md., the eight-story, 232,000 square-foot cast-in-place concrete structure is the first newly constructed residence hall on the university's College Park campus since New Leonardtown opened in 1982. The building provides 650 additional beds for undergraduates and consists primarily of two-bedroom "semi-suites" to be shared by four students. The dormitory also has 23 double rooms and seven single rooms. Oakland Hall's amenities include air conditioning, a laundry room, two study rooms, and a lounge on each floor as well as a multipurpose room with an outdoor patio, prefunction and seminar spaces, an open lobby with a 24-hour service desk, interior bicycle storage, and landscaped outdoor leisure spaces.
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. As part of the design-build project,
Clark also constructed a satellite central utility building in Oakland Hall's basement. This facility provides chilled water for the building, six existing high-rise dorms, two dining halls, and a future residential facilities office complex.
Oakland Hall is designed to achieve LEED® Gold certification.
About Clark Construction:
WDG Architecture of Washington, D.C. is the project architect. 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.