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Holloway Hall

Comprehensive Housing Renovation Plan (CHRP)

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The primary goal of Salisbury University’s Comprehensive Housing Renovation Plan (CHRP) is to support the academic mission of the university by creating first class living facilities and high quality living/learning environments.

Overall Project:

The plan is to renovate eight of the nine permanent residence halls over a five (5) year time period. Note that Chesapeake Hall received repairs, including new finishes in 2006, and a new HVAC system in 2008 and is not part of the CHRP.

To minimize displacement of residents during any given year, the CHRP is a phased five year plan which calls for various levels of work at eight of the nine permanent housing units. To soften the disruption, only one housing unit will be “off line” at a time. Several of the construction projects will be accomplished over a summer (11 weeks).

Project Cost:$50M
Design Start:May 2008
Construction Start Date:May 2009
Completion Date:August 2013

I. History

Salisbury University currently provides housing for approximately 1730 students in nine (9) permanent residence halls plus a “temporary” community consisting of fifteen (15) modulars, which we call Dogwood Village.

Four of the nine residence halls are three story buildings that were constructed in the 1950’s and 1960’s and are referred to as the "traditionals" because of their architectural style. The oldest traditional building, Wicomico, was built in 1951 and underwent a limited renovation in 1980. The other three traditionals, Manokin, Pocomoke and Nanticoke were built in 1964, 1967 and 1968, respectively and have not been renovated.

The two main halls for our older student population, Chesapeake and St. Martin, were constructed in 1977 and 1980 respectively. These two units consist of double rooms joined to shared bathrooms. Again, no renovation activity has occurred on these three story buildings since their initial occupancy dates, with the exception of new a HVAC system in Chesapeake in 2008.

The freshmen and sophomores reside primarily in the three "high rise" residence halls, Choptank, Chester and Severn. Choptank is a freshman hall exclusively. These six story buildings were constructed in 1972, 1974 and 1990 respectively. These have been our “busiest” residence units and are in need of repair.

II. The Need:

In September 1998, the University hired a consulting firm which specializes in Residence Life and Housing Studies. Anderson Strickler, LLC performed the necessary field studies and associated queries necessary to compile a Comprehensive Plan citing the necessary improvements for all student housing.

As a follow-up to this Comprehensive Plan, in the fall of 2007 Salisbury University (SU) retained CSD Architects (CSD) to update the 2003 Campus Master Plan. For the housing portion of the work, Stegman + Associates (S+A), and Anderson Strickler, LLC (ASL) were retained. Working closely with SU’s Student Affairs Office, a student and residential life needs assessment was completed at the end of 2007.

The needs assessment consisted of meetings and interviews with key administrators, tours of student life facilities and student housing facilities, focus groups with students and staff, an off-campus market analysis, a campus life survey for students, and a housing demand analysis.

This Anderson Strickler LLC Study stated that the University could support as many as 900 new beds on the Main Campus. More importantly, this study convinced the University that in order to keep up with the housing market in the Salisbury area, and also to attract and retain students at SU, major renovations were necessary. In turn, Salisbury University has re-structured Anderson Strickler, LLC’s recommendations into its own Comprehensive Housing Renovation Plan (CHRP). Overall, the primary goal of the CHRP is to improve the living environment to provide enhanced opportunities for socialization and learning outside the classroom. These residence halls are an integral part of student life at SU. Their attractiveness and functionality are a key part of drawing students to the campus.

III. The Scope of Work:

Improvements to the residence halls shall include:

  • More community space such as lounges and recreational rooms
  • Improved unit configurations (residence hall rooms and bathrooms), suites, etc.
  • Smart classrooms for 26-30 students (living/learning environment)
  • Upgraded laundry facilities
  • Centralized student services, as much as is reasonable
  • Improved conditions and facilities for summer conferences
  • Central entrances which can be monitored, thus enhancing security
  • Upgraded bathrooms, newly created in-suite shared bathrooms instead of group toilets and shower facilities (where possible), increasing the number of student showers
  • Newly created “guest” bathrooms at the main levels of each building
  • Transformed, improved and integrated under-utilized lower level areas into open space and community areas, in several cases they shall be opened up via an atrium to the main floor
  • At a minimum, renovated finishes, carpet hallways and common areas. Many buildings will have all new finishes and all new floor coverings
  • Created exterior entrance for Staff Apartments where feasible
  • Upgraded lighting with multi-level switching, motion sensors, added artificial and natural light to corridors and areas which are currently deficient
  • Improved ventilation, particularly in bathrooms
  • Life safety improvements, including upgrades for handicapped accessibility
  • New elevators installed at several buildings
  • Refurbished elevator cab, controls and gear at existing elevators
  • Strategically located vending areas
  • Relocated main entrance of Wicomico to face the same quadrangle area as the other three traditional dorms
  • Created and/or upgraded kitchenette areas for student use
  • Upgraded green space and courtyard environments
  • Install fire pumps and wet sprinkler systems in the buildings currently without fire protection
  • New addressable fire alarm system throughout with public address function
  • Security cameras at strategic exterior locations
  • Re-landscaped quad area at the traditional halls
  • New IT infrastructure with Telecommunications Room to industry standards
  • New housekeeping closets
  • New HVAC w/energy recovery unit(s), new boilers with core piping and new booster pumps and other amenities as necessary
  • Geothermal heating and cooling systems where possible and practical
  • Upgraded trash and recycling areas

For information on individual projects, please “click on” the individual tab by building name.

The intended order of design and construction is as follows:

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