Wagner College Foundation Hall
Gilbane was entrusted to deliver the construction of Wagner College’s first residence Hall in over 40 years. The state state-of-the-art facility succeeds in bringing modern facilities and amenities to campus life with suite-style rooms that help prepare students for post-college life.
Cornerstone Residence Hall Provides Students with Functional Living
The construction of the four-story, 73,000 SF residence hall to house 200-students was Wagner’s first in 40 years, embarking on what the college president called a new era of “construction and enhancement” for the 125-year-old Grymes Hill School. The residence hall is devoted to academic seniors and was built on the college’s former Campus Road baseball field. In order to address neighbors’ concerns, the building was turned inward away from homes located on Campus Road. Additionally, the site underwent extensive landscaping to protect privacy and facilitate noise protection.
The new residence hall helped to address overcrowding for Wagner’s current residents and provide more modern dormitories for the students. The facility is designed with both apartment style and suite style units and includes lounge spaces, campus meeting spaces, career development facilities and an alumni office to help students network and make connections before graduation.
From the onset of design development and construction, the project team developed a well-coordinated schedule and a proactive procurement process. Gilbane resources were mobilized for the block, steel and planking activities, which were a critical path to achieving timely completion. The team demonstrated innovative thinking when met with the challenge of installing a precast plank in January – where installation requirements demand temperatures of at least 40 degrees Fahrenheit. In order to avoid schedule delays during the extreme cold temperatures, a polarset admixture was used to allow the concrete grout to set quickly. The planks were then covered with insulated blankets at night to keep warm. Both methods allowed the grout installation to take place at low temperatures keeping the project schedule on-track.