Bid Documents for Hillside Residence Hall Complete

Lerner Ladds + Bartels has recently completed bid documents for a new student housing project at the University of Rhode Island. The Hillside Residence Hall includes 429 beds, multipurpose spaces, offices of residential life, and a classroom to support both living and learning.

The selection process for a qualified general contractor is underway after a recent successful bidding review. Bids came in around the targeted budget of $34 million. Keough Construction Management has been brought on board to serve as owner’s project manager as the construction process begins. The project is scheduled to begin construction in March with an anticipated completion date of June 2012.

The project aims for a holistic approach to sustainability and tries to capture the most effective and economical methods to achieve a green building. A stimulus grant of $74,254 was awarded to the university that will contribute to an innovative solar hot water heating system. Through the use of this system along with integrated sun shading, natural ventilation, green roofing, radiant heating, recycled content in building materials, and light dimming systems, the residence hall will aim for a LEED Silver certification through the USGBC.

Over the years, Lerner Ladds + Bartels has completed residence hall projects for thousands of local higher education students. This is not the first, nor the largest residence hall project undertaken. However, the Hillside Residence Hall is the largest entirely new building project that they have been commissioned to design, which makes it a very exciting milestone for the office. The collaborative team which includes an excellent group of consultants Mackey Mitchell Architects, Odeh Engineers, WJE Engineers & Architects, PARE Corporation, Carol R. Johnson Associates, Creative Environment Corp., Daedalus Projects, Hughes Associates, Earleylight, Cavanaugh Tocci Associates, along with a very creative and proactive owner’s group including Tom Frisbie-Fulton, Chip Yensan, and Paul DePace at the University of Rhode Island, will ensure that the residence hall is at the forefront of contemporary design.

Read the whole article on page 21 in the March issue of High Profile Monthly.