Increasing demand for on-campus housing led the University of Southern Maine to construct a new residence hall on the Gorham Campus.
The Residence Hall is located in a portion of a former upper parking lot between the Mitchell Center, Husky Drive and the water tower. The site was characterized by an approximately 2.5 horizontal to 1 vertical vegetated slope from the upper parking area that varied in height from 20 to 27 feet.
The Residence Hall is an L-shaped building located near the crest of the slope, with the wings parallel to the slope. The 4 story hall will include 296 beds and provide a mixture of independent apartments, suites and support space. The hall is a LEED-certified building, which adds to the inventory of LEED certified structures on the campus.
Sebago Technics was engaged by the University to provide geotechnical engineering services and by the project architect, Harriman Associates, to provide landscape architectural services. Subsurface conditions at the site consist of up to 19 feet of variable fill overlying sand and weathered bedrock. Several alternative foundation systems were evaluated, and the most appropriate system was judged to include excavation and replacement of the variable fill with compacted structural fill and support the building on spread and continuous footings with an earth supported slabon-grade.
Project DetailsUSM Residence Hall
- Client: University of Southern Maine
- Location: Gorham, ME
- Services: Landscape Architecture
- Partners: Harriman Associates
- Tags: Geotechnical Engineering