Howard University Quadrangle Renovation, Washington, D.C.

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395,000 SF



MEP/FP Design & Geothermal Design

Named after the American historical icon Harriet Tubman, “the Quad” is the University’s primary residence halls for its over 1,000+ female freshman students. The five residence halls within the Quad: Baldwin, Crandall, Frazier, Truth and Wheatley, form the shape of a square surrounding a central courtyard. While the Quad is under renovations this year, freshman students will live in two nearby residence halls, the Mary McLeod Bethune Annex and College Hall North. SETTY's MEP designs feed into the university's strategic plan to provide high-quality on-campus housing for its students. SETTY's scope of services include removing the Quad from the existing campus grid and providing new central heating and cooling systems to serve the buildings. Concurrently, our designs are maintaining a connection to campus grid as a backup to the new systems. The new infrastructure will include chillers, boilers, pumps, etc. to provide chilled water and heating hot water to meet the facility heating and cooling requirements. SETTY is investigating the possibility of a geothermal system for provision of new hot & cold water supply as well. Additionally, SETTY is providing design guidance for the repair and expansion of the life safety systems, as well as assisting the correction of the waterproofing and drainage deficiencies at the Quad. The extensive renovation to the Quad's five residence halls underscores Howard University's commitment to improve the residence life experience for current and future Howard students.

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