Comprehensive Housing Renovation Plan
Overview | Sustainability Notes |
Wicomico Hall Overview
Renovation Completion Date: Jan 8, 2011. All work on site had
to occur between June 18, 2010 and Jan 8, 2011. Extended
delivery items such as the elevator, fan-coils and attic mounted
energy recovery fresh air intake units, were ordered at the very
beginning of the project in order to meet the critical schedule
Wicomico Hall was constructed in 1951 and is located on the
east side of the Quad. The building has four floor levels, a
basement and 3 upper levels, housing 78 new students. It
has exterior brick walls, concrete floors and interior columns,
and a sloped slate roof with traditional dormer windows.
The building is a co-educational facility with a suite style
design alternating male and female students, on a suite-by-suite
basis. The main entrance level is between the lower two floors;
and a new entrance stair and limited use/limited accessibility
‘LULA’ elevator, makes both levels equally accessible.
An important renovation goal was to organize the entrance
space and lounge areas to encourage greater use of the lower
basement level by creating an inviting accessible social
gathering space that fosters community development to encourage
better social interaction among the residents. Thus,
glass railings and a two story lounge area to better link the
lower two floors, are important building features. The
building fully supports SU’s belief in the educational and
social effectiveness of living/learning communities of shared
academic interests; that have been shown to increase learning
retention and graduation rates that last beyond the freshman
year. The classroom can accommodate 25 students, LLC
residents participating in living learning communities have at
least one class per week in the building; and is available for
off-hours, individual or group study. Both the
classroom and the lounge areas, have large LCD HDMI TVs that
support both educational and recreational uses. The lounge area
has a media equipment cabinet to accommodate HD audio visual
entertainment equipment. A portion of the lounge has a
convertible pool table that converts to a ping-pong table.
The lower level also has a community kitchen and male and female
guest toilets that meet ADA specifications.
The typical suite arrangement is two, two person rooms
sharing a central bathroom with private toilet and private
shower. Each student has one internet connection and each
bedroom has a cable TV outlet. Should a room resident
request, the Residence Life Office will have their bed assembled
in a loft arrangement.
The laundry room has internet connected dryers and washers
with automatic injected detergent dispensers. Students can
determine from their rooms which machines are available, and be
notified by text when their laundry has been completed.
The machines are energy star rated HE (high efficiency)
equipment. This is a no card/no coin system activated by
adjusting setting then touching the start button as one would at
home. The vending room has internet connected machines
that take either cash or SU Gull Cards.
The building has new HVAC, plumbing and electrical systems
and is SU’s second geothermally heated and cooled
building. To ensure a healthy living environment, fresh
air is delivered to the building via energy recovery units which
both save energy and remove humidity from supplied outside air.
An environmentally friendly carpet-like sheet flooring made from
recycled material, is used in the private bedrooms, corridors
and public areas. Wicomico Hall has
obtained LEED GOLD certification.
The architect for the renovation is Grimm+Parker of
Calverton, MD; the mechanical/electrical engineer is Gipe
Associates of Easton, MD; and the General Contractor is Nason
Construction of Salisbury, MD.
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