Western Connecticut State University Dormitory

The new dormitory and parking structure at Western Connecticut State University in Danbury, Connecticut, faced several key challenges during their construction, including a long winter season, a tight site and a compressed schedule for quick occupancy. Precast concrete components not only aided in achieving the owner's goals but also helped the projects become LEED certified.

The U-shaped, 350-bed dorm features precast wall panels, Spandeck hollowcore floor and roof planks, and precast stairs and landings. The façade was finished with laid-up brick to match existing buildings on the campus. The 425-car, three-level parking structure features a total-precast structure, including pretopped double tees, girders, columns, K walls, lite walls, spandrels, stairs, stair walls and solid slabs.

"Precast was used because of its speed, durability and ability to continue to be erected during the winterthe typical reasons why precast components are used in this region," says Simon Etzel, senior vice president of procurement for Konover Construction Corp., the design-build company.

"The precast went up very quickly, which was critical with our schedule," Etzel explains. "Placing panels between the dormitory units also created great acoustical values. Precast provided a lot of benefits to us." On the parking structure, the use of long double tees opened the interiors to facilitate layout and enhance passive-security measures. The exterior spandrels combine the aesthetic exterior finish, structural floor support, pedestrian railing and vehicle barrier railing in one piece, saving material and erection time and money.

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Project Details

City:

Danbury
 

State:

CT
 

Year:

2003
 

Precaster:

 

Owner:

State of Connecticut
 

Architect:

Herbert S. Newman, New Haven, CT
 

General Contractor:

Konover Construction Corp., Farmington, CT
 

Engineer:

DiBlasi Associates, Monroe, CT
 
 
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