DURHAM, N.C. (August 1, 2017) — Prescient announced they have been selected by JE Dunn for work on a mixed-use, four-building student housing project on the University of Oklahoma’s campus in Norman, Oklahoma.
OU Cross Village is a $194 million student housing project that will consist of four four-story residential hall buildings totaling nearly 500,000 square feet, including more than 250,000 square feet of Prescient’s structural steel solution. The four buildings will feature 413 residential units and house 1,231 students as well as 40,000 square feet of integrated dining, fitness and entertainment space. The project, contracted by JE Dunn, is being developed by Balfour Beatty Campus Solutions and development partner Provident Resources Group. The interiors are being designed by Clark Nexsen and the exteriors are being designed by Studio Architecture.
“With any student housing project, time is of the essence,” said Gordon Lansford, JE Dunn CEO. “We would not be able to complete a project of this magnitude in time for the new school year’s move-in deadline without a proven, field-tested system that provides time- and cost-saving advantages like the innovative Prescient system.”
Each of the project’s buildings will consist of one story of concrete podium structure and three stories of Prescient structure. The project also includes a 1,000-space parking deck.
“Student housing projects carry costly penalties for developers and general contractors if a move-in deadline corresponding to the commencement of the school year is not met,” said Magued Eldaief, Prescient CEO. “Consequently, fast and timely construction is critical. Our state-of-the-art Digital Thread and custom manufacturing system are able to provide cost-effective, precision-manufactured, quality student structures across the country in a fraction of the time of traditional construction methods.”
Prescient structures incorporate a combination of steel posts, trusses and panels that are custom-manufactured using Prescient’s proprietary design software. The system is a superior option for multi-unit projects like residence halls because it is non-combustible, minimizes disruption in the areas surrounding the construction zone and reduces the need for rework, helping owners reduce both timelines and budgets.
“This project is Prescient’s eighth student housing endeavor and the first in Oklahoma,” said Satyen Patel, executive chairman of Prescient. “Our solution resonates with the needs of the student housing sector. It is a better way to plan, design and build”.