ELKHART, Ind. – Sep 09, 2010 — Innovative Design & Building Services (IDBS), one of the nation’s largest commercial off-site service providers, has signed a contract with Caspar/Pope Joint Venture to build a new three story residence hall for Casper College in Casper, Wyoming. Construction of the building will start almost immediately with a target for students to move in by August of 2011.
Casper College serves approximately 4,000 full and part-time students. Casper was founded in 1945 and the current campus, built in the mid 1950s, consists of 28 buildings. The Casper College Student Housing Committee’s goal is to provide an improved student living and learning environment, and they elected to apply modern, modular design and construction methods to do it at an affordable cost to the students.
The new residence hall will have approximately 122,000 square feet with over 200 sleeping rooms to accommodate over 400 students. The residence hall consists of four connecting buildings with a central courtyard, adjoining a fifth building to be constructed on-site by Caspar/Pope. The three story multi-use buildings are designed to fit in with the school’s existing architecture while incorporating modern styling and construction techniques. As part of the project, an outdated hall will be demolished to make room for the new building.
“We are excited to be selected to provide housing for the Casper students,” said Jay Kedia, Executive Vice President for IDBS. “This is another example of IDBS’ commitment to the educational housing market. We are certain that our excellent track record in building dormitories at other colleges contributed to the selection of our Company for this project.”
“Our Parallel Construction® process enables us to avoid most of the weather related issues that often plague traditional construction practices, and deliver move-in-ready housing much faster than traditional on-site construction techniques. Where else could a college sign a contract for a 200 room residence hall complex with confidence that their students can move in less than one year later? In-plant and on-site efficiencies and shorter construction financing terms also translate into higher quality, lower cost projects benefiting the project owner and in this case, students as well.”
IDBS worked in conjunction on the design and planning phases of the project with AndersonMasonDale Architects and Amundsen Associates. Caspar/Pope is the General Contractor for the project.