James W Luter III Hall, CNU

James W. Luter, III Hall, Christopher Newport University, Newport News, VA

Located on the campus of Christopher Newport University in Newport News, Virginia, this new building adds 135,000 square feet of laboratories, classrooms, and office space for different disciplines on 3 levels.  The building provides visual continuity with the Neo-Georgian appearance of much of the rest of the campus with brick veneer and architectural precast concrete, including 3 story tall solid concrete columns at the main entrance, and steel framed mansard roofs to hide ductwork and mechanical equipment.  A steel framed dome structure on the roof makes this building stand out as a campus landmark. The structure consists of 3 stories of composite floor framing and a full attic for mechanical services.  Strict vibration requirements in portions of several floors required. In order to increase the bearing capacity of the natural foundations and reduce the project costs, a program of dynamic compaction was implemented.