Duquesne University is a private, co-educational university located on a bluff above downtown Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. They have combined graduate and undergraduate students with nearly 3,500 students living in the University’s six existing dormitories. Founded in 1878 as a Catholic college by the Order of the Holy Spirit, Duquesne is the largest and most comprehensive Catholic university in Pennsylvania.
The student housing building will accommodate approximately 440 students with portions of the top story being utilized for conferencing. The façade utilizes mostly masonry (brick and stone) veneer with curtain wall construction and metal panels in limited areas.
The twelve-story, 112,000 SF student housing building structure includes the use of the Girder-Slab floor system which nests structural steel beams/girders within the ends of precast concrete hollow-core planks. This structural system minimizes the depth of the floor structure and allows the floor system to be constructed during inclement weather. It is the first such use of this structural system in the Pittsburgh area. Concrete caissons, embedded into hard rock, support the structural steel columns and 12-inch-thick reinforced concrete shear wall lateral bracing system.