By Brent Spivey
The new student services building, under construction since 2016 is on track for opening in early 2019.
This building will encompass two three-story buildings under a uniquely shaped roof.
The roof shape, known as a rolling hills roof, is one that is not commonly used among structures due to its complex nature.
“The rolling hills roof is complicated, but it’s the most iconic piece to this project and will completed in March,” said Bryun Bevans, senior project manager for the student services building.
“The roof features three layers: structural steel for framing, a concrete layer and aluminum cladding on top.”
Along with Bevans is a team of 55-75 people who have been hard at work getting the building put together to meet the deadline.
With the exception of the few rain days last week, the team has made a lot of progress and has formed the project into its main structure rather than having separated pieces of steel or bags of concrete mix.
The smooth edges of this new building contrast the hard points of the CLA building which in retrospect are eliminating the confusing maze-like structure and in place are creating a more user-friendly, circular, open floor plan.
The design of the roof mimics the building’s foundation, which was carved into the lop-sided parking lot C.
Some of these beams range from two to 10 feet tall to give the varied structural heights.
Shade from the massive roof spans around 138,000-square-feet and is effective in saving energy by putting less strain on conventional air-conditioning units.
“The student services buildings has a simple floor plan in a sense that everything is mapped out and made easy to access,” Bevans said.
“One of the main purposes for the building is to house offices and workspaces for university staff in addition to having and make it easy for people to get around campus via Red Gum Dr.”
A room similar to the Ursa Major suite in the Bronco Student Center (Building 35) will make it easy to organize prospective students for campus tours and other activities.
Parking reconfiguration, a drop-off zone and field-trip bus storage will alleviate traffic surrounding the student services and CLA buildings.
After the completion of the new student services building, a parking lot with 250 parking spaces to will be laid out adjacent to the building.
The addition of fire access roadways also makes the campus easily accessible in a state of emergency.
The floor plan for the east building features a tiered landscape courtyard encircled by rooms for registration, financial aid, cashier’s office, orientation, transfer and graduate services.
The west building will host administration and classrooms for testing and guest lecturers.
“The student services building is like the foyer to a house: it is what guests see first and naturally we should always try to make the best first impression,” fourth-year English student Alan Buchholz said.
The cosmetic changes to the face of the university will provide a clean, futuristic look with respect to reusable material.
Wood taken from a New Jersey boardwalk and the concrete from the previous parking lot C are a few reusable materials implemented into the building.
Bio swells are another unique innovation and will capture rainwater while filtering out minerals and increasing the university’s ground water supply.
With questions or concerns about this construction project, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Albert Muro / The Poly Post
The Student Services Building is located in what used to be Parking Lot C and will have a new lot built adjacent to it
Albert Muro / The Poly Post
The roof will have a rolling hills shape, unlike any other building on campus
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