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University of South Carolina at Aiken



For many years, the University of South Carolina Aiken (USCA), had been considered a commuter campus due to the limited availability of quality on-campus student housing.  Their desire was to create a new 316-bed institutional-grade facility on an 11-acre site to supplement the existing garden-style housing that would transform the campus into a 24-hour campus community while simultaneously creating a true freshman experience.

UHS also offered to assume the added responsibility of helping USCA develop an integrated residence life and summer occupancy program that greatly enhanced how both new and prospective students view their USCA experience. The single building, double-loaded interior corridor design, coupled with the suite-style two-bedroom and four-bedroom apartments, creates the privacy that today’s students demand, the social interaction that is vital to the freshman experience and the flexibility in room configurations that USCA required.

UHS performed extensive cost comparisons between different structural systems to determine the most workable solution for the specific needs of the University. By conducting a price comparison for various building materials, including steel, masonry, metal framing and wood, we were able to maximize the useful lifespan of the facilities at a cost that could be supported by the project budget.

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