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8 1/2 Canal Student Housing Apartments

The scope was the construction of an 8-story, 160-unit, 546-bed student housing project in downtown Richmond adjacent to the VCU Monroe Park campus under an aggressive 14-month schedule. The project includes ground-floor retail space along Canal and 195 parking spaces.

The structure for the 283,000 square foot project is comprised of 6 stories of cold-formed steel framing atop 2 floors of a cast-in-place concrete parking structure. The building is clad in a combination of masonry veneer, thin-brick panels, fiber cement panels, metal siding, and aluminum windows and storefronts. Mechanical systems include high-efficiency electric split-system heat pumps with packaged roof-top make-up air units incorporating energy recovery wheels.

Of the 160 units, 108 would have 4 bedrooms. In addition, the complex would have 12 one-bedroom units, 18 two-bedroom units and 22 three-bedroom units. The complex also includes a clubhouse, a fitness center, indoor bicycle storage and interior courtyards featuring elaborate hardscaping, landscaping and site furnishings.

The project received a LEED certification by achieving points related to brownfield redevelopment, energy efficiency, regional production and recycled content of materials, high-reflectivity roofing, diversion of construction waste and other sustainable design and construction methods.

Client Testimonial

Kimberly Badenoch, Gilbane Development

Throughout my ten-year relationship with KBS, the outcomes have always been positive...KBS has always been proactive in offering solutions and has consistently demonstrated strong problem-solving abilities.

Project Info

Owner: Gilbane Development Co.
Architect: Grant Architects
Location: Richmond, VA
Project Size: 200,000 SF Student Housing
Completion: August 2011