330 Cooper Residence Hall, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, Camden, NJ

Modern. Urban. Wow.

In an effort to alleviate overcrowding issues within student housing at the Camden Campus of Rutgers University, a 12-story, 161,700 sf student residential building was designed which provides private bedroom accommodations and private and semi-private baths for students. The units consist of four one-bedroom/one-bathroom single occupancy units, 46 three-bedroom/two-bathroom units, and 52 four-bedroom/two-bathroom single occupancy units. Projected amenities included within the common area are: a social lounge; a fitness center; a mailroom; a business center with a study room; public restrooms; managerial and maintenance office; and mechanical areas. A structural steel frame incorporating the Girder-Slab D-Beam framing system supporting hollow-core precast plank was utilized. This structural system offered low floor to floor heights desirable in residential construction while allowing for the architectural expression of the building such as cantilevering the corner of the building. A lateral system of braced frames parallel with the longitudinal direction of the building allowed for the elimination of spandrel beams at the building’s perimeter for the high windows.

The project received the Merit Award – Built Category, AIA Philadelphia.

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Structural Systems Used

Girder-Slab Steel Frame