Recent Completion of ESU’s New Student Housing Project, Sycamore Suites, Made Official at Ribbon Cutting Ceremony!

On Friday August 18th, East Stroudsburg University celebrated the opening of their new 497 bed dormitory, Sycamore Suites, at a ribbon cutting ceremony with faculty, students, design and construction team and media.  Wick Fisher White’s Mechanical VP, Christopher Arnold and Marketing Manager, Jessica Thornton were among those in attendance.   This marked the official completion of a two phase student housing project on ESU’s campus.  Phase I consisted of two buildings, Hawthorn and Hemlock Suites, while phase II included Sycamore Suites.  The mixed-use occupancy buildings contain student housing and services on the upper floors and campus police services and a recreation center in the basements of the buildings.  The new buildings total approximately 490,000 sf and offer housing to approximately 1,500 students.

Specifically, WFW’s MEP/FP design accommodated the varied needs of the buildings by implementation of systems and components that allow the mission critical needs of a police station and the transient needs of a recreation center to operate seamlessly with the student residence areas.  Design highlights included a geothermal heat pump system served by a well field at each building, dedicated outdoor air systems with energy recovery wheels, and modifications to the campus electrical infrastructure to accommodate a substantial increase in campus loads. Phase I, Hawthorn and Hemlock Suites, achieved LEED Silver Certification. The team is pursuing LEED Silver for Sycamore Suites as well.  

The overall project team included Developer – Education Realty Trust, Construction Manager – P. Agnes, Architect - WTW Architects, Site/ Civil Engineers - Pennoni Associates, Structural Engineers – Taylor Structural, Geo Thermal Design Engineer – HF Lenz Co., Design- Build MEP Engineer – Wick Fisher White. 

Congratulations to all involved in making this incredible project a reality for faculty and students at East Stroudsburg University.  Special thank-you to Associate Dan Jewell who managed the project for WFW. 

Click here for article and pictures of the project.