Purdue University - Calumet Student Housing, Phase II

Hammond, Indiana

This $26.5 million, two-phase project allowing the university to transition from a commuter campus to one with a full-time on-campus student population. Phase I included design of a $12.5 million, 120,000-sft, 4-story housing building, a 6,000-sft community center, adjacent recreational areas, surface parking, and a new access drive. Phase II consisted of a second 4-story, 120,000-sft student housing building with a cost of $14 million. Due to a stringent design budget, cost control was critical. By monitoring cost throughout the design phase, the project was bid under budget. Design challenges included the presence of very poor subsurface soil conditions at the location of the housing building. A detailed cost analysis was performed to optimize the foundation system. The building was designed to resist wind and earthquake loads. Framing for the elevator and stair shafts was designed to achieve fire resistance in accordance with building code requirements.

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