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Salisbury University Academic Commons

Gilbane adds to its impressive Higher Education portfolio and establishes a presence on the Eastern Shore

Project Summary

Led by Gilbane, the new Patricia R. Guerrieri Academic Commons at Salisbury University will span over 220,000 SF and will be delivered via a Design-Build with a GMP delivery method utilizing Design Assist subcontractors. Designed in Revit, BIM will be an integral part of both the design and construction phases. This structure will feature a bell tower and be the University’s most prominent building, located in the middle of the campus with direct visibility from Route 13. Targeting LEED Gold, the four-story structure will feature a partial basement, green roof, traditional brick façade, stone and curtain wall entrance, and punch windows.

The project will include an ‘early package’ consisting of hazmat abatement, demolition, site work and utility location. This steel-framed structure will sit on an auger cast pile foundation system. The partial basement will house mechanical spaces and storage for facilities, housekeeping and FF&E. The ground floor will feature a prominent four-story atrium, student academic commons, computer instructional labs, café with complete kitchen and server, loading dock, back of the house support spaces. The second level will include math and computer instructional labs, classrooms, group study spaces, faculty offices, tutorial spaces, café seating, studio and presentation instructional room.

Level three will feature traditional library ‘stacks’ housing collections, periodicals, government documents and reading rooms. The fourth floor will house special collections, archives and lab preservation rooms, over 700-person special events room with exterior balcony, and 125-person board room. The anticipated completion date is May 31, 2016.

Architects include Ayers Saint Gross Architects + Planners and Sasaki.