A riverside student hall presents demanding site challenges.

With appealing amenities and 501 beds, the new Oak Hall student housing complex at Jacksonville University had an ideal riverside location. The problem? The site’s many curves and elevation changes on land dappled with historic oak hammocks. The partner they trusted to solve the challenges of designing and building the 284,000-square-foot student housing community? Haskell.

A perfect match of site configurations and structural elements was the answer.

After eight potential site configurations and half-dozen structural solutions, Haskell’s innovative solution solved the puzzle of project configuration on a very irregular site. The project, which includes a 144,000-square-foot, five-story student housing facility and a three-story, 360-space parking structure, also included demolition of an existing student housing building. Oak Hall is made of structural steel with stucco exterior skin, and a modified bituminous roofing.

The project attracts more students to on-campus life.

Oak Hall’s living units are four-person suites with double-occupancy bedrooms connected by a shared vanity room, shower room and bathroom. The first floor contains the director’s apartment, a lobby with exhibit space, student lounges, meeting rooms, a laundry facility and a snack bar. With the completed residence, the university gained an attractive student home-away-from-home that enhanced the campus appeal and helped students on a path toward a successful higher education experience.

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