University of North Texas Residence Hall Phase I
Adding to the existing 14 resident halls, the new 5-floor building will include double occupancy units, providing housing for another 500 students on the UNT campus. Lithko constructed the cast-in-place frame for the 5-story residence hall, including foundations and slab on metal deck for the administration building.
The residence hall design is a “L” shape, which caused complications with the post tension (PT) design and ultimately, several beams had to be altered. For example, two beams on each floor met at 45 degrees, connected by the PT. However, the PT could not make the turn without increasing the amount of rebar in the transition.
Consequently, the beams had to be redesigned to accommodate this change. To maintain our schedule, the elevated decks could cure for only 24 hours before releasing the formwork underneath.
Originally, the project design called for a Class B finish under our decks. However, the ceiling design changed and underneath our decks is now exposed. Through our status updates and planning processes, we were able to successfully work through the frequent changes on this project.
Once the entire project is complete, students will see our exposed ceilings as they are studying a variety of majors, including Construction Science.