Educational – Portsmouth Abbey New Boy’s Dormitory

Project Name: Portsmouth Abby St Martins Boys Dorm
Location: 285 Corey’s Lane, Portsmouth, RI 02871
Construction Start Date: 3/01/2011
Scheduled Completion: 6/15/2012
Square Footage: 23,747 total sqft: 16,928 occupied & 6,819 of mechanical/storage

Project Description: The project consisted of a new thirty bed dormitory building containing three townhouse style faculty apartments and day student common space. The Project was designed and built with a “green” standard. The building boast’s, high efficiency whole building heating systems and energy recovery ventilation, solar hot-water and high efficient insulation, windows and doors.

Work Performed: ABC acted as the construction manager to deliver the project within budget and schedule providing value add upgrades requested by the owner without exceeding the overall owner’s budget. ABC provided design build services for the building mechanical systems and the site development working directly with the owner and architect to facilitate design development drawings. The Design development and budgeting was completed in 2010, with the “for construction design completed by March 2011. The on-site construction was started in the March and completed two months earlier than the contracted completion. The three story wood & steel framed building is clad in cedar shingle with a natural stone veneer at the ground level and a copper roof. The mixture of housing units and dormitory space made for challenges with coordination of separate mechanical systems and code compliance to fit the intended design. .

Value Engineering: ABC led the owner & design team thru value engineering of the mechanical systems, site work and finishes to provide the owner with the highest quality end products and systems that exceeded the design intent. This was completed using a total team approach where vendors, subcontractors, engineers, architects and the owner met and reviewed all options available. .

Unique Construction Aspects: Due to the “green” design standard the building as a state of the art Veissman heating and solar hot water system, low use water faucets, showerheads and toilets, heat recovery exhaust system and high efficiency spray foam insulation. Many of the materials used in the building were made from recycled materials including the copper roof which is 97% recycled metal. The interior and exterior lighting was selected for energy efficiency and operation with most fixtures controlled by occupancy sensors. Interior finishes were selected to provide high durability and quality while providing comfort and function. The exterior stone veneer & pre-cast were carefully selected to match the extensive stonework throughout the Abbey and also provide the building with a unique look.

Design Engineers: ARC; Architectural Resources Cambridge; Architects
Odeh Engineers Inc ; Structural Engineers
Engineering Design Services: Mechanical Engineers
American Engineering Inc. Site Engineer.

Delivery Method: Construction Manager; where the CM is also the constructor.

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