PROJECT COST: $67 million

Oakland Hall Dormitory
Oakland Hall Dormitory

Key Facts: Location: College Park, Md.
Owner: University of Maryland, College Park, Md.
Contractor: Clark Construction Group, Bethesda, Md.
Architect: WDG Architecture, Washington, D.C.
Start Date: August 2009
Completion Date: April 2011

The $67-million Oakland Hall Dormitory at the University of Maryland represents the school�s first investment in a new dormitory at the College Park campus in more than 30 years.

Clark Design/Build of Bethesda, Md., a division of Clark Construction Group, began constructing the project in August. The 200,000-sq-ft, eight-story, 650-bed, cast-in-place concrete dormitory will help the school meet demand for undergraduate housing.

The three wings feature four-person suites, with shared bathrooms. Common areas include a multipurpose room with an outdoor patio, a lobby and interior bicycle storage. Each floor will contain two student lounges, two study rooms and a laundry room. The team also will build a central energy plant in the basement that will provide chilled water for the building, six existing high-rise dormitories, two dining halls and future residential and office facilities.

WDG Architecture of Washington, D.C., designed Oakland Hall to match the existing buildings in the Denton community on the campus� north side. Brick and punched-aluminum windows with stone accents clad the building. The team aims for LEED Gold.