Academic - College/University

ADA University Athletic Center and Student Housing

SK&A is providing structural engineering services for a new student housing and athletic center building for the ADA University in Baku, Azerbaijan.  The facility will be seven stories with two basement levels.

The building will also contain graduate and undergraduate student housing, guest housing, an athletic center, a bookstore, and a parking garage.  The athletic facility will include a basketball court, a fitness center, and a glass cube area.  The building structure will be poured-in-place reinforced concrete.  

ADA University North Campus School of Humanities & Sciences

SK&A is providing structural engineering services for a new three-story academic building to serve as the new School of Humanities & Sciences facility of the ADA University’s North Campus in Baku, Azerbaijan.  The facility will contain classrooms, seminar areas, student and faculty collaboration spaces, administrative/faculty offices, and circulation spaces.  The building will also have a partial basement level for locker rooms and storage space.

The building’s design utilities materials such as glass, copper, and limestone.  The northwest elevation will contain a copper screen wall with a garden-like façade as well as a south facing glass wall with an exterior solar screen.  

Center for Advanced Research in Biotechnology, University of Maryland

A three-story addition to the biotechnology research center delivered via design-build approach.  The center includes biomedical research labs, lab support, scientific computing, and faculty office space for biotechnology research.  The project also includes a free-standing nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) facility. 

Health Sciences Library, University of Maryland, Baltimore

This state-of-the-art academic facility located in Baltimore serves the university’s schools of medicine, pharmacy, nursing, and dentistry.  The six-level building houses over 360,000 bound volumes, 2,300 periodicals, 900 study seats arranged in a variety of reference rooms, individual carrels, group meeting rooms, and computer stations.  The building’s highly functional and flexible design provides a warm and inviting atmosphere for staff and users making it a focal point for the university’s community.

West Grace Street Housing, Virginia Commonwealth University

A 161,078 gsf, five-story student housing building and a new independent 98,700 gsf, five-level parking structure for 212 cars.  The facility included 122 housing units for 459 beds and two private courtyard gardens, ground-level retail bays, and a new sculptural steel and glass trellis entrance.

The housing structure consists of pre-engineered light-gauge metal roof trusses, hollow core precast concrete floor plank, light-gauge metal bearing/shear walls, and a composite steel-framed transfer level at the second floor to accommodate first floor retail, office, and community spaces.  The parking structure consists of pre-cast concrete double-T’s supported on pre-cast concrete bearing walls and girders.  Foundations for both structures are conventional spread footings.  The facility achieved a LEED Silver certification.

University View I, University of Maryland

Privately developed, this project was designed to meet the University of Maryland’s student housing specifications for its College Park Campus.  The new 16-story, post-tensioned concrete-frame, residential building contains 352 student-housing apartments for 1,091 beds and includes a walking bridge providing access to the university campus.  The building’s ground floor is designed to accommodate the surrounding 100-year flood plain from the adjacent creek.

The building’s amenities include a computer room, health club and lounge, jogging/biking trail system, internet cafe, and structured parking for 710 cars.  The parking structure is four levels of reinforced concrete, underlying the residential tower, and has a gross floor area of 255,000 sf.

University Hall at George Mason University

A new five-story administration building on the main campus of George Mason University.  The building is a long-span, steel-framed structure housing ground floor classrooms and retail establishments, as well as office and support functions on the upper four levels.  The building’s design incorporates an inverted pyramid layout, supporting a sloping front facade that provides additional floor space with each successive floor.

Developed by the George Mason University Foundation, the project’s design and construction were subject to Virginia’s Bureau of Capital Outlay Management’s (BCOM) review process and standards.

Park Bethesda, American University, 5333 Westbard Avenue

Owned by American University, this 10-story apartment building contains a total of 260 residential flats including housing for married graduate student families, plus a lounge, indoor pool, exercise areas, and business center.

The building was originally a 300,000 sf reinforced concrete frame, office building.  The interior and exterior were completely gutted down to the shell, and with extensive modifications, converted into an apartment building.  The project was privately developed, and turned over to American University.

The George Washington University at 1957 E Street, NW

An 11-story, mixed-use building for The George Washington University containing both a residence hall and the Elliott School of International Affairs.  The building features below-grade parking, housing for students, office space for various academic divisions, seminar and conference facilities (including food service to support such use), and classrooms.

Within the classroom facilities, the building contains nine tiered, lecture halls on various levels, the largest of which can accommodate up to 332 people.  There are several other traditional classrooms also located in the building as well.

The structure is a poured-in-place concrete system, portions of which are post-tensioned to allow for longer spans.  The project features two 70 foot long stage-stressed transfer girders to create column-free space for the largest lecture hall.