Purdue University leveraged a P3 delivery model to build additional housing to support its growing enrollment and high demand for on-campus living. Meredith South Residence Hall is one of two LEED Certified residential buildings, which serves as an all-female residence hall supporting multiple STEM focused living-learning communities. Mackey Mitchell provided programming and interior architecture for the 730-bed, 202,000 square foot facility. Plenary Group was the co-developer with Corvias, who also operates and maintains the facility. Gilbane Building Company was the design-build contractor and MSKTD served as Architect of Record.
The project began with a design-build competition allowing each team to develop the building’s program beyond the conceptual design with input from Purdue project stakeholders. Upon award, an incredibly quick resolution of the building’s footprint was necessary to meet the aggressive schedule and coordinate with an already in progress make-ready site package. Key was providing creative solutions that provided a quality product that felt like a Purdue building while staying within budget. Decisions about building systems and materials were made collaboratively through extensive life cycle cost analysis and engagement with Purdue’s internal stakeholders.
Meredith South sets the tone for the future as the first phase of a planned redevelopment of the area currently occupied by Meredith Hall. The residential floors provide double bedrooms, shared bathrooms and glassy study lounges to foster community amongst the residents. At the ground floor, ample glass helps connect residents to the vitality of 1st Street and the future quad. A multipurpose room, kitchen and lounge offer flexible spaces for hosting a variety of living-learning community programs. Retail dining venues at the east end provide convenient food options during the day as well as expanded seating for late night studying and socializing.
The successful delivery of this project in today’s environment is a direct result of the dedication and teamwork of all of the project partners.
- Jay Wasson
Associate Vice President for Purdue Physical Facilities