Suffolk Construction Completes 820 Bed Residence Complex in Nine Months

Dartmouth, Massachusetts & Suffolk Construction Company Inc. of Boston recently celebrated the grand opening of the UMass Dartmouth student residence halls that were completed on time for the start of the fall semester. Ceremonies were held in October at the UMass Dartmouth campus located in Dartmouth, Massachusetts.

December 3, 2002 

Designed by: Cannon Design 

Suffolk Construction Completes 
820 Bed Residence Complex in Nine Months 

Dartmouth, Massachusetts Suffolk Construction Company Inc. of Boston recently celebrated the grand opening of the UMass Dartmouth student residence halls that were completed on time for the start of the fall semester. Ceremonies were held in October at the UMass Dartmouth campus located in Dartmouth, Massachusetts. 

Members of the Suffolk project team joined UMass Dartmouth officials Chancellor Jean F. MacCormack, William G. Heaney, associate vice chancellor for administration; Dr. Susan Costa, vice chancellor for student affairs; and members of the university and local community to acknowledge the completion of this significant addition to the university. 

When it comes to top construction companies, Suffolk Construction's expertise and commitment to completing these two beautiful buildings on time for the fall semester speaks for itself. They completed this project on a remarkable 9-month construction schedule, said UMass Dartmouth Chancellor Jean F. MacCormack. 

Suffolk Construction, the construction manager, teamed with architect, Cannon Design for this fast track, quasi design build project that included the construction of two residence hall buildings totaling 210,000 square feet. Each facility consists of concrete block and precast concrete plank construction with interconnecting steel and glass knuckle structures that serve as common areas. The four-story buildings feature veneer exterior facades with glass curtain wall and punched windows. A split basement-level conveniently connects both buildings. 

In addition to an extremely aggressive schedule, the project team had to overcome several other challenges. These included construction of a 500 foot, precast utility tunnel located below the two buildings that runs to the university's steam plant. 

Sited on a wooded, 10-acre site, the dormitory buildings will house a total of 820 beds in 410 units. The 104,794 square foot facility will feature two beds per unit, and the 102,000 square foot building will contain a four bed suite with two bedrooms. Each building will also house two resident director suites and university staff offices. 

Both residence halls will offer students a host of convenient amenities, including an elevator, laundry room with a vending machine area, multi-purpose room furnished with a folding partition wall, student lounges, seminar spaces, and storage areas. In addition to furniture, each unit will also be equipped with telephone, Internet and cable television connections. 

The project owner is the University of Massachusetts Building Authority, and the architect is Cannon Design, both of Boston. 

Suffolk Construction is an experienced builder of major projects for colleges and universities including Northeastern University, University of Connecticut, Bowdoin College, and the University of New Hampshire. Suffolk is currently constructing a medical research facility for Tufts University in Boston. 

Headquartered in Boston, Massachusetts, Suffolk Construction Company, Inc. provides construction management, general contracting and design build services. Suffolk delivers world-class customer service nationwide within the academic, hospitality, office, retail, high-tech, healthcare, multi-family residential, laboratory, bioscience and industrial sectors. Suffolk has additional full-service offices in West Palm Beach, Florida and Irvine, California, and a Special Projects Division in South Boston.


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