Phase 3 SAI Student Housing, California University of Pennsylvania
California, PA

Phase 3 SAI Student Housing, California University of PennsylvaniaWBCM provided structural engineering services for the construction of three separate SAI student housing buildings on the campus of California University of Pennsylvania. Each building is four stories tall and includes a partial basement. The buildings house suite-style living arrangements that are either two-bedroom/one-bathroom or four-bedroom/two-bathroom clusters with common living areas.

Floor and roof framing for the buildings consist of pre-engineered wood trusses supported by panelized load-bearing wood walls. Lateral stability was provided by a combination of masonry and wood shear wall elements.

Foundations for two of the structures consisted of masonry walls supported on spread footings. The third building was sited within an area of highly compressible fill soil strata requiring the use of a caisson foundation that extended to bedrock below the fill zone.

  • Owner:
    California University of Pennsylvania
  • Size:
    268,000 SF (Total Project)
    104,000 SF (Building A)
    68,000 SF (Building B)
    96,000 SF (Building C)
  • Total Construction Cost:
    $25 million
  • WBCM Services:
    Structural Engineering