Norfolk State University provided a framework for how to implement the university’s strategic goals in relation to facility needs, with one of the primary goals to create a focal point on the campus. SBBCC successfully executed this vision by constructing the Main Campus Quad, which included construction of a new library, a new nursing and classroom building, a communications tower, renovation of a performing arts center, and a new state-of-the-art academic classroom building. These projects were built in phases, with significant overlap, on very a tight construction sites and required complex scheduling and subcontractor coordination on an active urban campus. Throughout this continuous 7-year demolition, construction, and renovation period in the heart of campus, University operations remained uninterrupted and students, faculty and staff have had safe access to buildings within just a few feet of construction. All of the projects were completed on schedule and/or ahead of schedule and within or under budget.
The Quad created a culture and campus vibe in the heart of NSU. Thousands of individuals pass through the quad on daily basis. Because of the success of the quad, campus grew and so did the University’s value for SBBCC. After reviewing the Norfolk State University Master Plan, Commonwealth Architects (Architectural Prime), S.B. Ballard Construction Company, and Niles Bolton Associates (Design Architect) designed a facility that complemented NSU’s campus and architectural aesthetic. The exterior façade combines the university’s standard red brick with fiber cement panels along with glass curtainwall and precast concrete accents for visual interest. Several areas of “green space” were added around the facility, as well as extensive pedestrian walkways. The New Residential Facility, adjacent to the Main Campus Quad, will provide the necessary space to house NSU’s incoming students as they continue to increase enrollment.
The four-story facility features a North and South Hall with a central two-story amenity space and includes 193,424 square feet and 740 beds for students. The Initial phase, consisting of four student housing wings and the central amenity space, is now complete, and students moved in to occupy the residential units at the beginning of the 2019-2020 school year. The final phase, which is the east wing of student housing was completed in December 2019 while anticipating occupancy by January 2020. The new student housing project will have a considerable impact on the campus culture, bringing more students into on-campus housing and stimulating the student community with modern amenities and comforts.
Norfolk State University has warmly embraced the new addition to its campus. From beginning to end, all disciplines were in constant communication aided by regularly scheduled meetings and technology. The entire team is proud of the New Residential Facility for its impact on the campus community and for its record-setting schedule.
About Residential Complex:
The New Residential Complex opened Fall 2019 with 600 beds and an additional 140 beds during the Spring 2020 semester. This co-ed, upperclassmen community features a community kitchen on each floor, an exercise facility, mini-theater, and more!
Laundry Facilities (1 per floor)
Key Card Entry
Central Heat and Air Conditioning
Furnishing – each resident receives a bed twin extra long, desk, chair, closet and drawers
Student Lounge with Television
Resource Production Space
Study Facility | Group Study Space
24-hour Front Desk Assistance
Open Gaming Space