St. Mary’s School Dormitory
Client: St. Mary’s School
Location: Medford, OR
Architect: S+B James
Square Footage: 17,000
2020 Southern Oregon People’s Choice Awards, Residential Category
This new two-story 17,000 square foot dormitory can house up to fifty-four students. It includes a common lounge area with a kitchen, two resident manager apartments, two laundries and a security office.
Foreign and out-of-state students that were previously housed in an older off-site dormitory are now on campus full-time and able to take full advantage of all the school activities and events held on campus throughout the day. All meals are provided at the Carrico Center seven days per week.
The concrete block walls serve as both the vertical and lateral load structural system and demising walls between dorm rooms. This provides acoustical separation between rooms and long-term durability with lower maintenance costs. PTAC units are in each room to allow for each dorm room to be temperature-controlled by the student residents. Shared shower, toilet and laundry facilities are on each floor. The building includes WIFI throughout with card key access.
The building location and off-grid orientation takes advantage of views and creates more open space between buildings. The exterior building cladding consists of alternating vertical sections of painted fiber cement and corrugated metal panels with a prefinished metal cornice and steel support brackets.
The new dormitory provides visiting students with a safe, secure and relaxed place to live during the school year. Being on-campus encourages their assimilation and integration with local students.
“In late 2015 we partnered with S+B James Construction Management on a design-build project consisting of a 25,000 square foot student commons/STEM center; a 17,200 square foot residence hall; and extensive site improvements including a central courtyard, expanded parking, and improved physical security features. The total value of the project is in excess of $11 million.
This was a challenging project with an aggressive timeline. The student commons sits in the middle of our campus and has limited access. The school had to remain operational throughout the construction phase, and the project (which included demolition of three existing buildings) had to be completed within one school year. Construction began in June of 2017 and we occupied both buildings in August of this year.
Throughout both the design and construction phases, the S+B James team has been very client-centered, highly collaborative, and budget-conscious. They are responsive to our needs, resourceful, and solution-oriented. We couldn’t have picked a better partner for this project.
We highly recommend the team at S+B James. We found everyone we worked with, from senior leadership to project management to skilled labor, to be professional, efficient, and committed to completing our project on time and on budget. We had very high expectations, and I’m happy to report that S+B James met them.”