Building Statistics:  

General Building Data

  • building name: Prince Frederick Hall
  • Location + Site: College Park, MD
  • Occupancy: Multi-use Dorm
  • Size: 185,516 square feet
  • Number of Stories: 7 Stories Above, 1 Underground
  • Construction Dates: May 2012 - August 2014
  • Project delivery method: design, build with a guaranteed maximum price.




Project Delievery Team

  • Design Build Contractor: Clark Construction Group LLC
  • Architect: WDG Architecture PLLC
  • Structural Engineer: Cagley & Associates Inc.
  • Civil Engineer: Site Resources Inc.
  • M/E/P Engineer: WFt Engineering Inc.
  • Lighting Consultant: C.M. King & Associates Inc.
  • LEED Consultant: EMO Energy Soultions, LLC
  • Landscape Architect: Parker Rodriguez Inc.
  • Geotechnical Engineer: KCI Technologies UI
  • Architecture
  • Prince Frederick Hall when completed will be a multi-story dormitory constructed out of concrete, masonry, and brick. On the first floor, students will be able to converge in the open planned lobby with south and north entrances. Large one hundred and forty seat multipurpose-room and seventy five seat seminar rooms will be found on the main floor along with two smaller seminar rooms. A twenty-four hour desk service will be available on the first floor.

There are two different layout styles for the dorms inside of Prince Frederick Hall. The first layout is a standard two student dorm with two beds and desks. The second layout is a four person room with a bathroom attached. Below are the layouts of each room.

  • Building Codes
    • The International Building Code – 2009, International Code Council

      Minimum Design Loads for Buildings and Other Structures (ASCE 7) American Society of Civil Engineers

      Building Code Requirements for Structural Concrete, ACI 318, American Concrete Institute

      ACI Manual of Concrete Practice, Concrete Reinforcing Steel Institute

      Post Tensioning Manual, Post Tensioning Institute

      Steel Construction Manual, 13th edition, 2005, American Institute of Steel Construction Including ANSI/AISC 360-05 Specifications for Structural Steel Buildings, Specification for Structural Joints Using ASTM A325 or A490 Bolts and AISC 303-05 Code of Standard Practice for Steel Buildings and Bridges

      Manual of Steel Construction, Volume 2 Connections, ASD Ninth edition/LRFD First Edition, American Institute of Steel Construction

      Detailing For Structural Construction, American Institute of Steel Construction

      Structural Welding Code ANSI/AWS D1.1 American Welding Society

      Standard Specifications for Long span Steel Joists, LH Series and Deep Long span Steel Joists, DHL-Series, Steel Joint Institute

       Design Manual for Floor Decks and Roof Decks, Steel Deck Institute

      • Zoning
      • Zoning codes follow the county of Prince George, MD and can be found listed on their legistaive information system database. The following link is directed to the zoning codes.
      • Historical Requirements
      • Prior to construction, there was a small building on the site which needed to be demolished before any work could be done. The demolition included removal of all existing buildings, footing pads, landscaping, and utility lines. Prior to removal, UMD had to get approval from the Maryland Historical Society. Civil Plan 1 shown below highlights the area of construction as well the demotion notes.
      • Building Enclousures/ Roof Structure
      • University of Maryland is committed to providing the best for its students while maintaining tradition. The brick façade on PFH is a mirror image of the surrounding buildings which allows it blend in with the old architecture and become one with the surroundings.  Diagram one show the surrounding buildings; Caroline Hall, Van Munching Hall, and the University Commons with a picture of their facades. It is apparent that PFH has very similar architectural features.

      The main roof is home to mechanical systems and cooling towers all of which are disguised by short screens. The short screens on the roof allow for the mechanical systems to be out of the line of view or a visitor making them almost invisible. These screens are significant to the structure of the building because they are going to be subjective to wind load as well as gravity load on the roof. As wind blows, it is going to
      make the short screen structure push and pull on the roof’s slab.

    • Sustainability Features
    • The University of Maryland strives for a better environment and would not settle for less with their new dormitory. Prince Frederick Hall is striving to be LEED Gold and will obtain its status upon completion from USGBC. Over 75% of all construction debris will be recycled and not tossed to landfills. The construction site has specific run-off drains so that contaminated water will not run into local storm drains. New high tech, water efficient plumbing fixtures will save a great deal in water consumption. The building, when completed, will have energy efficient windows, sensor lighting controls, and elevators that generate energy on their way down. At least 10% of the materials will be extracted from less than five-hundred miles away. When the building is occupied by the new tenants, recycling will be heavily promoted to reduce the amount of waste produced.

    • Construction:
      Clark Construction is the general contractor for this project.  They are using a design; build with a guaranteed maximum price. The total guaranteed maximum price is $64,980,832. The total cost per square foot is about $360. Clark broke ground in July of 2012 and is expecting c completion around August of 2014.

    • Electrical and Lighting:
      Electricity for the building is pulled from the universities main power grid and is transformed to 208Y-120V for the interior of the building. This transformation is used for the interior receptacles and lighting. Two 3000 kVA transformers are used to convert to 480/277V for the main electrical rooms, mechanical rooms and exterior LED lighting. The interior lighting is mostly fluorescent used in recessed and troffed lighting fixtures. The exterior lighting is all LED and is powered on when the sun goes down. This is used for economical and sustainability reasons.

    • Mechanical:
      There are six air handling units and two roof top units that circulate the air throughout Prince Frederick Hall. The 6 air handling units run with economizers and distribute to the VAV system for ventilation. Air flow is regulated throughout the building and provides separate heating and cooling coils per room to provide extra comfort to the residents. There are two main chillers located within the building to help chill water for use.  

    • Structural:
      The main gravity system within Prince Frederick Hall is two way slabs with concrete columns. The thickness of the two way slab varies, but in a typical bay the thickness is eight inches. The two way slab is supported with a #4 rebar matt running in both directions 12” on center with extra added rebar is certain locations. The exterior façade is draped off of the two way slabs and exterior columns. Column sizes range throughout the building from as small as 18”x30” to 42”x18”. The interior columns of a typical bay are 30’x 20 and the exterior is 30”x18”. The column loads are transferred to pad footers below grade.  The lateral system is consisted of 7 main shear walls which are located throughout the floor plan. These take the loads from wind and seismic and transfer them to the large pad footers they sit on.

    • Engineering Support Systems:
      Fire Suppression System:

      Prince Frederick hall is fire protected with wet standpipes throughout the whole building.  Each room is protected with sprinklers, alarm speakers, strobe and smoke alarms. The suppression system starts at the first floor where an exterior Siamese connection can be accessed by the fire department.

    • Transportation:
      The entrance to the building is located in the center of its L-shape design and allows guests to access classrooms and offices. Residents can enter through the same door and can use one of the three main elevators to access their apartments. Two service elevators are used for maintenance and other employees.

    • Telecommunications:
      CAT 5 is available for all residents of this building. It is provided by the university. Wireless internet access is provided for all classrooms and lecture halls on the first floors. Coax connections and data connections are used in each apartment.

    • Special Systems:
      Security of the building is at high priority being a university dormitory. Apartments located on the second floor and higher must be card accessed to allow only residents to access them. Areas such as mechanical and electoral rooms are also card access for employees only. Three emergency phones are located on the outside of the building to provide safety to its residents. Cameras are located on the roof level and provide security around the whole building.


Note: While great efforts have been taken to provide accurate and complete information on the pages of CPEP, please be aware that the information contained herewith is considered a work‐inprogress for this thesis project. Modifications and changes related to the original building designs and construction methodologies for this senior thesis project are solely the interpretation of Victoria Interval. Changes and discrepancies in no way imply that the original design contained errors or was flawed. Differing assumptions, code references, requirements, and methodologies have been incorporated into this thesis project; therefore, investigation results may vary from the original design.



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