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Client: University of North Texas
Location: Denton, TX
Delivery: Construction Manager-at-Risk
This five-story residence hall houses 500 students in a community-centric atmosphere. The first floor includes a lobby with a large lounge area, recreation center, laundry facilities, and a community kitchen. Levels 2 through 4 feature lounges and study rooms, music practice rooms, and double occupancy, pod-style dorm rooms with centralized community restrooms. The adjacent tour center incorporates high-end finishes, including a mock dorm room and a 170-seat presentation room with a large screen for campus introduction videos.
The Owner wanted naturally lighted stairwells in the tour center, so they specified storefront window systems. However, because the windows were incorporated into a fire-rated wall, they also had to be fire-rated, which is very expensive. We suggested installing a water curtain sprinkler system, which allowed us to use a non-rated glazing system on the storefront windows. We also opened the manufacturer specifications for the light fixtures to allow equivalent lighting packages and models, which saved $200,000.
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