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Hugo Owens House Residence Hall

Norfolk, Virginia

Old Dominion University

VMDO Architects, P.C.

158,000 square feet

W. M. Jordan Company provided CM at Risk services for the Hugo A. Owens House Residence Hall at Old Dominion University.

Owens House is named after Dr. Hugo A. Owens, the first African American Rector of the University and a prominent civil rights activist and dentist in the community.

“Naming this residence hall after Dr. Owens ensures that future generations of students, faculty, and staff members will remember his significant contributions.” Said ODU President John R. Broderick.

The dormitory is approximately 158,000 gross square feet in five stories and provides 473 beds with a mix of singles and doubles including: 18 RA’s rooms, a 2BR Residence Hall Director apartment and a 1BR Graduate Residence Hall Director apartment.

The resident rooms are complemented by community engagement and support spaces including Lounges, Community Kitchens and Studies, as well as Laundry and Public Restroom areas. These are located at the center of the complex directly adjacent to elevators and stairs to encourage social connection and interaction among residents with a connector between wings.

At the first floor, a central Lobby reception room and exhibit area contains the main building security desk and will incorporate recognition of the of the building’s namesake, Dr. Hugo A. Owens. Also a learning commons and collaboration space is provided at the south portion of the building with offices and classroom spaces at the north.

The building is structural steel at the 1st floor providing for the open space concept and the upper floors are CFMF with joist, deck and elevated concrete slabs. The exterior skin is a 1st floor water table of decorative CMU with an upper mix of brick, fiber-cement panels and metal panels.

The project is registered with the USGBC seeking LEED Silver Certification.