Western Carolina University Dormitories

buildings

Institutional

USA

South Carolina Division

When Western Carolina University needed a solution to increase their on-campus housing accommodations, they developed a plan for constructing three new multi-story dorm buildings. These structures needed to provide substantial resiliency to stand the test of time in the university’s mountain climate, but they also needed to offer a swift construction schedule to accommodate the rapidly growing student body. With speed, quality, and performance as top priorities, WCU selected Tindall to deliver the perfect total precast solution on time and within budget of the dormitory construction project.

precast dormitories at western carolina university

Owner

Western Carolina University

Architect

Hanbury

Contractor

Vannoy Construction

Location

Cullowhee, NC

T-SLAB® Puts Tindall at the Head of the Class

To meet this institutional construction project’s aggressive schedule, Tindall leveraged the Tindall Superior Lightweight All-Purpose Beam (T-SLAB®) as the floor system for all three dormitories. This allowed the Tindall team to cast mechanical, electrical, and plumbing (MEP) components like electrical conduits and boxes directly into the slabs. While this process required more coordination with the project team on the front end, it provided a path for accelerated construction on site.

Additionally, total precast construction enabled early access for other trades, further accelerating the overall dormitory construction process.

To bring these total precast dormitories to life, Tindall produced nearly 1,700 precast concrete components, including load-bearing insulated wall panels, beams, and T-SLABs. The exterior of these structures featured colored concrete with repetitious horizontal reveals that perfectly complimented the post-applied stone masonry accents.

By leveraging T-SLAB and working side-by-side with the project team, Tindall helped deliver these structures within budget and ahead of schedule.

precast dormitories at western carolina university
Western Carolina University dormitory construction by Tindall
Wide view of Western Carolina University dormitory construction done by Tindall.
Dorm building construction at Western Carolina University
Front entry view of a Western Carolina University dorm building from the ground.
Skyview of Western Carolina University dorm buildings.
View from the window of a dorm building at Western Carolina University showcasing additional dormitories in the vicinity.

More Project Information

Specifications
  • 419,063 square feet
  • 201,220 square feet of T-SLABs
  • Three multi-story dormitories
  • Dorm building erection start 2/15/21; Finished 10/8/21
Components
  • 1,694 precast concrete pieces
  • Insulated wall panels
  • Beams
  • T-SLABs

“Tindall’s system provided the owner with both savings and the quick erection of the buildings, which allowed us to meet the owner’s timely schedule. I don’t think any other type of construction would have allowed the project to finish on time.”

Caitlin Jones | Project Manager | Vannoy Construction

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